NEWS UPDATE - OKEBUKOLA, EX-NUC BOSS, DELIVERS TASUED 8TH CONVOCATION LECTURE

The former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Peter Okebukola. would on Saturday, 26th November, 2016 deliver the 8th Convocation Lecture of the Nation's Premier and preferred University, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ogun State.

The lecture titled "The Teacher We Want, the Teacher We have: Bridging the Gap" is to be delivered under the Chairmanship of Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, at the TETFUND 2012 HALL by 12:00noon prompt.

Professor Peter Okebukola Studied at the University of Ibadan where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in 1973, followed by Master's and Ph.D Degrees in Science Education in the same University. He had specialized training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and Harvard University. He now specializes in Quality Assurance in Education systems, Science, Computer and Environmental Education. He is the President of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) Africa.

As the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Okebukola introduced ranking into the Nigerian University System. He is currently working with the leadership of NUC to refine the ranking system and implement the refined scheme at the National level and Africa wide. He set new benchmarks in the course of his administration as the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission. He was able to achieve a lot by setting minimum standards for the country's Universities, conducting system-wide accreditation of programmes that led to sanctions on failed programmes and shutting down of illegal satellite campuses of universities. The contextualization of the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO/Organization for Economic cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines on cross-border higher education, establishment of new private universities and their annual quality audit as well as the development of strategies for institutional accreditation.

He served as consultant to the African Quality Rating mechanism, an initiative of the African Union to improve the quality of higher education in Africa through quality self-rating. He has won several international gold medals in science and computer education. He has been awarded a number of honourary D.Sc degrees and is a recipient of the National honour of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic.

As a researcher, his efforts stood on five central themes- higher education, computer in education and e-learning, cooperative learning, meta cognitive strategies in science education, environment education, and eco-cultural influences on the learning of science concepts. These resulted in over 130 internationally published works and no less than 120 national and international conferences presentations.

Okebukola's trajectory in Nigeria's academic landscape has been a phenomenal success. At the age of 19, he began his career as a science teacher at Holy Saviour's College, Mushin, in Lagos. He also taught in several other schools, including Ososa Grammar School, Ijebu-Ososa, Ogun State, where at the age of 23, he headed the Department of Science, Christ Apostolic Church Teachers' College, Efon Alaaye, Ekiti State, Okemesi Grammar School and Oyo State College of Education, Ilesha between 1974 and 1984. He has won several international gold medals in science and computer education and he is on the editorial board of about 25 national and 18 international journals.

Prof. Okebukola is the first African to win the United Nations Scientific Cultural Organisation's Kalinga prize for communication and popularization of science in 1993.

Okebukola is currently the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State. His wealth of experience has qualifies him to delivered this year's convocation lecture of Tai Solarin University.