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Saturday, 11 July 2015 00:00 Written by  Published in Advertorial Read 3295 times
Shehu Musa Alhaji, VC KUST Shehu Musa Alhaji, VC KUST nationalreview.ng

The Vice Chancellor of Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST), Professor Shehu Musa Alhaji, is of the firm belief that government alone cannot satisfactorily cater for the education of all citizens because of population explosion and economic exigencies.

The professor of Agricultural Economy said the realization of this reality has propelled his administration to explore alternative avenues of generating revenue for the successful running of the university.

Identifying some of the challenges of the university as those of infrastructure, recruitment, ICT and ecological related issues, he was quick to point out that the federal government, through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Kano State government and a number of philanthropists have contributed a lot toward alleviating the challenges.

According to him, KUST, which was established in 2000 has so far recorded tremendous successes, even though his tenure has come to improve on the through his  seven target points that will turn around the fortune of the university.

Said he, “One, we have come up the issue of quality improvement in all the courses we are running. Two, we have taken staff training as very cardinal in what we are doing. Three, we have also considered staff welfare. Four, we have considered internally generated revenue (IGR) as a serious issue we have to pursue. Five, as a university of science and technology, all activities in the university are provided with ICT needs. Six, we have targeted many international collaboration and linkages with partner universities. Seven, we have also taken community relation between the university and other stakeholders as a point of emphasis.”

The university, which started with three departments and one faculty in 2000, now has seven faculties and 22 academic departments, with student population of over 11, 000. The VC even said “with the current admission of about 2, 600 students, we will be targeting more than 14, 000 undergraduate students. Currently, we have also achieved the post-graduate school and we are running a masters degree program where we have 129 M.Sc students. The university said it has sent more than 30 candidates abroad for their Ph.D programmes.”

 He said the university is waiting to receive Alhaji Aliko Dangote's pledge to assist the university with 15 professors from various parts of the world. “… in the area of training, we have sent more than 30 PhD candidates and more than 15 Masters' students for studies. Currently, we have about 27 on the line and, with the support of the state government especially, the Higher Training Abroad and then the NEED assessment money for training, all the 27 of the candidates will be considered for forwarding their fellowships”, the VC explained, adding that with so much investment in human capacity and infrastructure, the university is really eyeing to be one of the best in the country and even Africa soon.

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