How private universities can stand out — Prof Adedimeji

The newly-appointed Vice-Chancellor, Ahman Pategi University, Pategi in Kwara State, Professor Mahfouz Adedimeji, in this interview, speaks on his vision for the young university and how he hopes to take it to a high pedestal. Excerpts.

YOU are the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Ahman Pategi University, Pategi, what is your vision for the institution?

As I articulated to the Governing Council members (of the university) at the inaugural meeting that we held, my vision is what I call Vision 5-25-50-500. The vision is to within the next five years of my tenure make Ahman Pategi University, APU one of the best 25 universities in Nigeria, one of the best 50 in Africa and one of the best 500 in the world.

You have thousands of universities in the world, but the vision now is to activate strategies towards making the new university to stand out among its peers. That is the general framework. But in order to unbundle this vision, we want to make Ahman Pategi University, a university with a difference. Universities all over the world are established for three main reasons; teaching, research and community development. Every other thing is ancillary.