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Job Opportunity: Vice Chancellor needed at the Obafemi Awolowo University





accordance with the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment
Act, 2003 which amended the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions Act
(Decree No. 11 of 1993 (as amended by Decree No. 25 of 1996), the
Governing Council of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife wishes to
commence the process for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor for
the University. Consequently, applications are hereby invited from
suitably qualified candidates for the position. Interested applicants
are requested to note the following information:
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is a comprehensive public
institution established in 1962 as the University of Ife by the
government of the then Western Region of Nigeria. In August 1975, the
Federal Government of Nigeria took over the University and in 1987
renamed it after Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a frontline Nigerian Statesman
and one of the University’s founding fathers. The University is situated
on a vast expanse of land totalling 11,350 hectares of land in Ile-Ife,
Osun State, Southwest of Nigeria.
The Vision of the founders of
the University was to establish an institution dedicated to the
promotion of learning and culture. The aim was to create an institution
for developing a cadre of high level human resource, qualified in
various fields. The focus was on the development of teaching and
research facilities that can be used to provide solutions to problems of
national development.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, the
University attained a foremost position among Universities in Africa,
with a vibrant academic and social atmosphere and a high international
reputation. It made significant advances in research resulting in a
number of appreciable achievements such as:

  • Documenting the chemotherapeutic effect of fagara xanthozyloides on sickle cell anaemia.
  • Invention
    of locally useful machines such as yam pounding machine, cowpea
    shelter, palm oil digester and mechanical cassava pulveriser/sifter and
  • Development of appropriate post-harvest agro-processing technologies.
  • Development of early painting and high yielding hybrid, insect and crack resistant varieties of maize, cowpea (Ife Brown) and tomatoes (Ife Plum series).
  • Development of software for university administration and records.
  • Resurrection and modernization of traditional bronze-casting technology.

Nigeria, the Obafemi Awolowo University is a leading tertiary
institution. It has produced, among its staff, a Nobel Laureate, five
Nigerian National Merit Award Winners and it has also pioneered kidney
transplant in Nigeria. The Students of Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife, have also excelled in national and international competitions.
From an enrolment figure of 244 at inception in 1962, OAU, as at
2015/2016 session, had a total student enrolment (undergraduate and
postgraduate) of 31,058 The University which took off with 94 members of
staff now has a staff profile of 1424 full-time academic staff, 1789
Senior Administrative and Technical Staff and 945 Junior Staff.
University has strong undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
organized in 13 Faculties of Administration, Agriculture, Arts,
Education, Environmental Design and Management, Law, Pharmacy, Social
Sciences, Technology, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and
Dentistry. There are, in addition, 2 Colleges; these are the College of
Health Sciences and The Postgraduate College. There are 103 academic
Departments and Units as well as 7 specialized Centres and Institutes.
The University also plays host to a number of national and United
Nations Agencies including the following:

  • Centre for Energy Research and Development (CERD)
  • Cooperative Information Network (COPINE)
  • National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM)
  • Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys (RECTAS)
  • African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education English (ACSSTE-E)

Centre for Distance Learning (CDL) and the Information Technology and
Communications Unit (INTECU) provide, through emerging network
technologies, quality distance learning opportunities that make it
possible for remote learners to enrol in on-line part-time professional
and academic programmes.
The University has one of the most
beautiful campuses, which is a delight to visiting students and
scholars. The campus comprises the central core comprising the
University Hall, Faculties and Lecture Theatres; a student residential
area comprising 10 Halls of Residence; the staff quarters on a large
estate and a Teaching and Research Farm. The University is largely
e-compliant with an internet and e-mail facility. All the academic
departments, the University Library and key units of the Registry and
Bursary are fully computerized. The University also has a nationally
acclaimed Central Science Laboratory that provides the state-of-the-art
equipment for research. It also has a World Bank-Funded African Centre
of Excellence in Software Engineering.
The Obafemi Awolowo
University is, therefore, a truly complex organization which is
administered through the committee system; where all committees report
either to Council, the Senate or the Vice-Chancellor. In order to carry
out its core functions of Teaching, Research and Community Service, the
University provides to a large extent municipal facilities of water
supply through its Opa Dam and electricity through the national grid and
some electricity generating sets. It also provides health facilities
and security services to its staff and students and the estate at large.
Staff salaries and other emoluments are above six (6) billion Naira
annually. The University has a virile Alumni Association with branches
across Nigeria and in the Diaspora and they are passionate for the
growth and development of the University. The activities of the Great
Ife Alumni Association are coordinated through the University’s
Advancement Office. The University has, in its fifty-five years of
existence, been contributing to the socio-political, economic and
cultural development of Nigeria.
Vice-Chancellor is the Principal Academic and Executive Officer of the
University and ex-officio Chairman of the Senate and Member of Council.
He shall exercise general supervision over the University and shall have
general responsibility to Council for maintaining and promoting the
efficiency and good order of the University.  It shall also be the duty
of the Vice-Chancellor to see that the provisions of the Law and Statue,
ordinances and Regulations of the University are observed, and he may
exercise such powers as may be necessary or expedient of that purpose.
person for the post of Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University,
Ile-Ife, is required to possess a good University education of a
recognized University and should be a proven manager of human and
material resources. Specifically, the candidate shall be expected to:

  • be 50 years old and above, but not older than 65 years by June, 2017;
  • be
    a highly distinguished scholar of the rank of Professor of not less
    than ten (10) years experience on that rank, with ability to provide
    academic and administrative leadership for the University Community;
  • be able to command the respect of the national and international academic communities through his/her track records;
  • possess
    a clear vision for the development of the University and the
    realization of its mission as expressed in its strategic plan which
    theme is ‘Harnessing Technology for Academic Excellence’;
  • demonstrate
    interpersonal and team building skills and possess the ability to
    strengthen the bridges between staff, students, other members of the
    University community and the University’s stake holders;
  • exhibit
    entrepreneurial drive and ability to attract much needed funds and
    mobilize other resources for the development of the University;
  • enjoy excellent physical and mental health; and
  • have
    demonstrable ability to establish and maintain partnerships with local
    and international governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Vice-Chancellor shall hold office for a single term of five (5) years
only on such terms and conditions as may be specified in the letter of
appointment. The remuneration and other conditions of service as are
applicable to the post of Vice-Chancellor in all Nigerian Federal
Universities and as may be determined by the Government/Governing
Council of the University as appropriate.

  • Each
    application should be made in thirty (30) copies and be accompanied by
    thirty (30) copies of the candidate’s curriculum vitae duly signed and
    dated. The curriculum vitae must contain details of the candidate’s
    names in full, age, marital status, educational attainment, nationality,
    professional and academic achievements.
  • Each application should
    include the names and addresses of three (3) referees. Each Referee
    must be contracted by the applicant to forward, direct to the Registrar,
    a confidential report on the candidate’s character, academic and
    managerial competences in a properly sealed envelope marked Post of Vice-Chancellor: Referee’s Report at the top left hand corner of the envelope.
  • Each
    application must be accompanied by thirty (30) copies of statement of
    the candidate’s Vision for the University in the twenty first century.
  • In
    the case of candidates identified by the Search Team, the application
    shall conform to the requirements in (i) to (iii) above, and in
    addition, the candidate shall present a letter of consent duly signed by
    him/her along with the application.
  • All applications shall be submitted under confidential cover and addressed to:

The Registrar and Secretary to Council
Obafemi Awolowo University,
 The sealed envelope(s) containing the applications or nominations should be marked Post of Vice-Chancellor at
the top left hand corner and forwarded to reach the Registrar and
Secretary to Council not later than close of work (4.00p.m) on March 9,


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