AAU names Ex-FUNAAB VC Secretary
AAU names Ex-FUNAAB VC Secretary. The Association of African Universities (AAU) has appointed a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, as Secretary-General.
Oyewole takes over the running of the 54-year-old association from Prof. Etienne Ehouan Ehile of Cote d Ivoire, who was Secretary-General for nine years.
The appointment which was announced by the outgoing President of the AAU Governing Board, Prof. Antonio Quilambo during a virtual conference of the organization on Monday, will take effect from October 1, 2021.
In his acceptance speech, Oyewole, who has served as President of the association in the past, said he would work towards strengthening the AAU for the benefit of higher education in Nigeria.
The Professor of Food Science and Technology also promised to collaborate with relevant partners to help African universities overcome COVID-19 challenges.
“My vision is to amplify the relevance of the Association of African Universities as the Voice of Higher Education in Africa. Without strong partnerships and collaborations, the association would be unable to achieve its grand mission of improving the quality of African Higher Education. Through honest, sincere, visionary, committed, transparent and disciplined leadership, I intend to build new strategic partnerships and revive old partnerships for the sustainability of the association”, he said.
Through vibrant platforms for learning and knowledge exchange, Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole envisions the building of the next generation of academics in Africa, stronger intellectual engagement, and the full engagement of AAU Member Universities – and African Universities in general.