The University of Ibadan (UI) has hired about 30 of its non-academic staff to complement its academic workforce.
According to Vice-Chancellor of the UI, Idowu Olayinka, this development became necessary as the university was unable to recruit any new employees in the past four years.
Olayinka, a geology professor, announced this as part of a one-day introductory program organized on Tuesday by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETeL) for staff who switched from non-academic units to academic units.
He added that, given the dwindling economic resources, the demand for more academic staff from academic units at the university, and the availability of some academically qualified staff, this step would be appropriate.
The university authorities had the idea of calling interested, appropriately qualified, non-academic staff members, who had shown their inclination to a rigorous academic career, doctoral students or doctoral students.
In order not to relieve the administrative staff of the university, the management has taken the complementary ingenious way of lateral transformation of some qualified junior managers as senior administrative staff.
"There are three main areas for an academic's commitment to teaching, research and community service.
"As our vision is to be a premier institution of academic excellence designed to meet societal needs, the university invests in building its human resources capabilities. This workshop is such an investment. "
The VC, represented at the workshop by Ayodele Jegede, warned the initiates to use the event as a platform to build professional connections with their peers and facilitators and thus initiate networking for future research collaborations and long-term mentoring activities.
"Remember that the world is leaning toward multidisciplinary and creative solutions that come from imaginative multidisciplinary research," he noted.
During the lecture on "The Ethics of Teaching and Services", the Don encouraged initiates and mediators to "promote the transmission of positive cultural values and functional learning behaviors through ethical work ethics, effective delivery of teaching and research services Innovation, community service and administration by all cadres of employees and allied service providers. "
Akin Odebunmi, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, noted that the transformation of a large number of non-teaching staff into teaching was a clear reflection of the ingenuity of the Olayinka-led administration.
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