The Polytechnic, Ibadan is about twelve years old. It was established in 1969 (although it has a prior existence as Technical College). At its inception, the general objective establishing the institution in the then Western State (Oyo, Ondo, Ogun State) was to produce technicians who will make important contributions to the social and economic development of the country and the Western State in particular. From records, it is gratifying to note that this objective has and is still being pursued with great vigour, juding from the thousands of graduates that have passed through the institution, and who are now occupying positions of responsibility in the various sectors of our economy.
The general function of the Polytechnic is to provide for studies, training and development of techniques in applied Science, engineering and commerce as well as in other spheres of learning. The Polytechnic provides courses of higher Education mainly at the intermediate level, offered as appropriate, on full time, sandwich basis, i.e., via industrial training as an integral aspect of a course of study. Courses are devised and are continually reviewed to meet the present and future needs of industry, commerce, the public service, etc.
At present, there are four academic faculties comprising twenty three departments including the newly introduced department of Teacher Education which took off during the 1979/80 session. The Faculties are: Commerce and Communication Studies, within the framework of the state government’s policy on education.
Notable among such programmes is the establishment of the Statellite Campuses of the Polytechnic in four towns of the state, namely; Esaoke, Iree, Shaki and Eruwa. The objective of the statellite campuses is to bring educational facilities to enhance the development of those areas in particular and the state in general in keeping with Oyo State Government philosophy on education and rural integration.
INDUSTRIAL LIAISON AND PLACEMENT OFFICE
The Industrial Liaison and Placement Office is part of the Polytechnic and has been established even before industrial attachment become an integral part of the students training in Polytechnic and Colleges & Colleges & Technology. The Office renders services in two major areas Academic and students support services. These two services are broadly classified into two areas, i.e. Liaison activities and the placement activities. However, a third Guidance and Counseling has been added to the services in view of the growing need to assist students in making a choice of career from the myriad of opportunities available to them.
- Liaison Activities
The major objective of this activity is to facilitate co-operation between industries and the Polytechnic and the community in general by contacting industries, statutory bodies, institutions and other relevant bodies. The co-operation is facilitated by means of personal contacts and publications, bulletins and information pamphlet on institutional facilities and the possibilities and arrangements for their use. Among others, the office also has the following important operational liaison objectives.
- To convince industry that there is a margin of benefit over cost in this type of relationship.
- To assist in co-ordinating decentralized arrangement in the teaching departments and thus ensure adequate and appropriate supply of manpower to the nation.
- To evolve adequate information that can assist the institution in its staff training and development programme.
- Placement Services
Placement is generally concerned with securing practical training places for students as an integral part of their training in the institution.
Assistance is also rendered to students for post graduate employment by arranging for on-the-campus interviews by various employers.
Other objectives of the placement services are:
- To establish cordial relationship on behalf of the Polytechnic Ibadan with the employing public.
- To assist students in implementing their choices of careers and invent and explore all avenues to establish means of dialogue between the employers and the institution.
- To assist students with respect to the technique of job hunting for post graduate employment.
- Guidance/Counseling Services
As a new service just embarked upon, the guidance and counseling services is gradually taking shape. The major objective of introducing the service is to assist students in adjusting to their courses of study and the choice of occupational career after graduation. Other Objectives of the services are:
- To assist the students to identify themselves with the objectives of the institution in which they find themselves with a view to enabling them derive satisfaction from their college experience.
- To create an environment in which students can face and explore their own feelings without fear, learn how to cope more effectively with decision-making, and examine their values and objectives within the overall value systems of the society.
- To assist students in making occupational choice that they could find rewarding and self-fulfilling, and which will coincide with the manpower needs of the country in its march toward industrial development and technological sufficiency.
COURSES AVAILABLE IN THE INSTITUTION
- Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering runs several courses as detailed below:
- National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in:-
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Quantity Surveying
- Entry requirements for the National Diploma Course:
Applicants for the National Diploma Courses in Engineering must possess either:
- West African School Certificate with at least a pass in English Language, Credit in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry and one other subject.
- G. C. E. Ordinary level with passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics and one other subject.
- Preliminary Courses in Engineering
The Faculty also offers preliminary courses in all three main branches of engineering. i.e. Mechanical, Electrical and Civil. The course is for a duration of one academic year and leads to the 2-year National Diploma Course on the above enumerated disciplines.
Candidates must have completed Part 1 (City and Giulds 206) Constructions Technician’s Certificate Courses for Civil for Civil Engineering or have graduated from an approved Technical College/Trade Centre, with at least the Intermediate Technological Certificate relevant Subjects (for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering).
In addition, the must have a minimum of one year on the job experience. Consideration will be based on individual merit after the passing of a concessional entrance examination.
- Entry requirement for the Higher National Diploma (HND) Course.
Entry for the 2-year Higher National Diploma (HND) programme is based on the possession of the National Diploma (ND) plus one year relevant post qualification experience.