VC pledges to reposition UNILAG despite challenges

Barely 20 months in office, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has taken stock of his almost two years’ administration, despite the undercurrent protracted crisis between the management and the Governing Council of the 57-year-old institution. Ogundipe, who took the leadership of the university on November 12, 2017 as the 12th substantive Vice-Chancellor, said the distraction caused by the lingering crisis not withstand, ivory tower in the last 20 months has made some appreciable gains in repositioning the university as a world class 21st Century university. The Vice-Chancellor,…

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UNILAG alumni unite for national development

Old students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), under their umbrella body, the University of Lagos Alumni Association will between October 18 and 26 return to their alma mater to celebrate the golden jubilee of the association. The 50th anniversary celebration, which had already been kicked off on Sunday, October 13 with the Annual General Meeting, has as a theme: “Driving Nigeria’s Sustainable Development Agenda,” centered on the importance the association attached to national development through sustainable development goals. While addressing journalists at a media conference organised to unveil activities…

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Ex-UNILAG lecturer rape trial: Court fixes Nov 21 for adoption of final addresses

Justice Josephine Oyefeso of an Ikeja High Court on Thursday fixed November 21 for the adoption of final written addresses in the ongoing criminal trial of a former lecturer of University of Lagos, Akoka (UNILAG), Afeez Baruwa. The date was fixed Thursday after the defence counsel, Ms Taiwo Makinde, informed the court that they had just served the prosecution a copy of their final written addresses. Baruwa is standing trial on a charge of raping an 18-year-old admission seeker (name withheld) in his former office at UNILAG. The ex-lecturer committed an offence contrary…

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No Nigerian school makes world’s 200 top varsities’ list

S’Africa has two   Cost, location and career prospects are all key considerations for would-be students choosing a university. But reputation plays an important role, too. The annual World University Rankings, released by Times Higher Education (THE) on Wednesday, analysed more than 1,300 institutions around the world. Considered the most comprehensive global ranking, it uses 13 “performance indicators” to judge institutions’ excellence in teaching, research, income and international outlook. There was no change at the top this year, where European and North American universities continue to dominate. The hallowed University of Oxford…

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UNILAG, China unveil plans to improve Nigeria’s economy

Towards unlocking more mutually beneficial opportunities between Nigeria and China, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has expressed its commitment to engage in meaningful research activities about the business, culture and the needs of the people of both nations.  The Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Development Services for the institution, Folashade Ogunsola, a Professor, stated this at a seminar on research and collaboration opportunities between Nigeria and China.  The seminar was organised by the university’s newly established Institute of Nigeria-China Development Studies (INCDS). Ogunsola, who expressed delight in the fruition of…

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UNILAG set up entrepreneurship grants for students

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, yesterday said that the institution was setting up grants between N1 million and N2 million to aid students in entrepreneurship. Ogundipe made this known at the 3rd Biennial Conference on TOKI (Transition from Observation to Knowledge to Intelligence) held in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference is backed by the University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University and Data Science Nigeria. TOKI is the Biennial forum for the presentation of new research results…

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Gang-rape: Five UNILAG students re-arraigned

Five students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) were yesterday re-arraigned at an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, Lagos, for allegedly gang-raping a 17-year-old student of the institution. The students are Moboluwaji Omowole (19), Chuka Chukwu (19), Peace Nwankama (19), James Aguedu (20) and Josephine Osemeka (20). They were initially arraigned on February 26 and had pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of defilement of a child, permitting the defilement of a child on a premises and procuration. Yesterday’s proceeding was scheduled for cross-examination of the victim,…

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Alleged rape trial: Defence counsel apologises to court over ex-UNILAG lecturer’s absence

A defence counsel, Olanrewaju Ajanaku, on Monday apologised to an Ikeja High Court on behalf of Dr Afeez Baruwa, an ex-lecturer of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) , whom he said slumped at home and cannot attend his trial. Baruwa, is charged with allegedly rapingd an 18-year-old admission seeker (name withheld) in the school premises. “I must sincerely apologise to the court. At 7.36 a.m. the defendant’s wife put a call across to me and said that the defendant slumped while he was in the bathroom and he was rushed…

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Lagos State amends charges to re-arraign 5 Unilag students accused of Gang rape

The Lagos State Government revealed that it has amended its charges against five students of the University of Lagos accused of gangraping a 19-year-old female student (names withheld). New Telegraph recalls that the students identified as- Moboluwaji Omowole, 19, Chuka Chukwu, 19, Peace Nwankama, 19, James Aguedu, 20 and Osemeka Josephine, 20, were arraigned before an Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court, Lagos. The State prosecutor, Jide Martins, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), informed the court that the prosecution has amended its charges and have served counsels to…

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The return of UNILAG native Muslims

  Let me borrow from Thomas Hardy’s classical literary work, Return of the Natives as my title to illustrate my piece today. Each year as Muslim graduates of the University of Lagos, we return to our roots for a common purpose to set agenda for the Muslim Ummah. For the past 25 years, we have been doing this, attracting a large audience of not only Muslims but also any objective Nigerian interested in the good of the nation. As Muslim graduates, University of Lagos is not just were we schooled.…

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