When Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State opens its doors to students in January 2013, it is with the hope that Nigerians will no longer flock to foreign universities in search of quality education.
Its founder, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo, who sits atop two highly successful firms, Elizade Motors and Toyota Nigeria, is no stranger to excellence. He told The Nation that the institution, which received its licence in February, this year seeks to close the gap of quality that is the bane of university education in Nigeria.
"I have always watched the standard of education. We employ these graduates and we even produced some in my family. I have discovered that the standard is terrible. Some of them cannot make correct statements.The other reason I established the university is that our people are travelling overseas, even to Ghana, for university education.
“So, I said let us set up a university so I can reverse it. I asked why they are going there. I decided to build a university that will be comparable with any one on planet earth. “
After passing through Elizade University, Ade.Ojo is looking forward to graduates who have the right mix of expertise and character to move the country forward.
"The graduate of my dream is a highly educated person in his or her field who is knowledgeable and who will be useful to his country," he said.
Ade.ojo said the university is also shopping for the best of brains from all over the world to deliver quality education to the students.
"We are busy recruiting now and we have recruited some professors, senior lecturers, and assistant lecturers. We have spread our net far beyond Nigeria.There are people who are qualified who are not currently doing the job. We are going to run after these people. We are looking for the best that we can find and we are going to give them an environment to do what they know how to do best," he said.
To this end, the Registrar, Mr Omololu Adegbenro, added that capital investments to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the university has exceeded N6 billion - with about N700million spent on providing ICT facilities alone.
"To date, the founder has invested N6.5 billion in the university. He has invested N700million for ICT alone. We want the university to be ICT-driven in all ramifications. The first phase of the post-UTME was done online and the candidates got their results immediately," he said.
Another post-UTME has been scheduled for August 31 to hold in the university campus, as well as Port Harcourt and Abuja. However, Adegbenro said candidates, who choose to travel to Ilara-Mokin will enjoy the advantage of touring its facilities.
Though new, Chief Ade.Ojo said the university is not going to cut corners to fill the 400 student spaces it has. He said the university will be recruiting only students who make up to 200 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and passes its post-UTME screening.