FUOYE to commence post graduate programmes in Mgt Sc., says Oladele

By Abiodun Fanoro

The Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), has indicated intention to start Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and doctoral degree programmes in Banking and Finance as well as Accounting in the Faculty of Management Sciences at the end of the current 2019/2020 academic year.

The Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Professor Patrick Olajide Oladele disclosed this in an interview with FUOYENews on Monday, March 2, 2020, as the faculty began moves to re-locate to its permanent building from the Faculty of Science building it had been conducting its affairs over time.

Professor Oladele also disclosed that the faculty would soon begin M.B.A Medical and Health Services to enhance up-ward career mobility for graduates of B.Sc. Nursing and B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Science. To successfully pursue the execution of these post-graduate medical administrative programmes, he said the faculty would go into collaboration with the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Faculty of Pharmacy.

Apart from the planned post-graduate programmes, the Dean hinted that the faculty was planning to introduce new departments at the under-graduate level. These new under-graduate programmes according to Oladele would include B.Sc. Marketing, B.Sc. Entrepreneurship and Management.

He explained that the conception and the introduction of some of these up-coming programmes was part of the university’s way of responding to the environmental yearnings of the people, especially in the area of management and entrepreneurship skills.

The Management Sciences Faculty boss however added that the post-graduate programmes would only take off after the graduation of the current first set of the faculty's under-graduates later this year.

The Don further hinted that for a smooth take-off of these programmes, the faculty had begun collaboration with relevant professional bodies for technical assistance, especially in the areas of curriculum, instructional material assistance and general supports. Among these professional bodies according to the dean, are the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Nigerian Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and the Nigerian Institute of Marketing (NiMark).

These collaborations he noted had begun to yield substantial results when he announced that for instance, ICAN, recently donated books worth over N500,000.00 to the faculty as part of assistance for a hitch-free take-off of these new programmes.

While exuding confidence in the capacity and ability of the university to successfully commence these programmes, the Dean said though the Faculty was aware of some futile efforts by some competing sister schools to frustrate this noble and lofty goal, he however boasted that no effort could abort the good plan and asserted that FUOYE had come to take over the leadership in this area.

He said these programmes were designed with the people in mind to reduce the cost of logistics and financial pain they had been going through in the past in their quest to acquire degrees in some of these fields.

Prof. Oladele, who is the pioneer dean of the faculty, said his confidence that FUOYE has come to assume the leadership in this field is further bolstered and boosted by the passion of the university's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun in the development of the faculty, pointing to the magnificent, inspiring building he just built for the faculty.

He described the high quality manpower assembled for the faculty, as one other evidence of  the Vice Chancellor's passion for the development of the faculty.