Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
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FUTO, as the Oldest University of Technology in Nigeria was established in 1980 by Executive fiat with the composition and appointment of the first provisional Council by Nigeria's First Executive President, Shehu Shagari. It became the first of three such Universities set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria who sought to establish a University of Technology in each geo-political region and particularly in a State which did not have a conventional University.
On November 28, 1980 in the premises of the Old Government Technical College (GTC), FUTO opened its doors to staff and students. In January, 1982 the Imo State government approved a permanent site for the University.
Located 25 kilometers south of Owerri, the selection of the site was guided by the advice of the National Universities Commission that a minimum area of ten thousand (10,000) acres or 4,048 hectares should be obtained based on the location, relative absence of human settlements within the area and other relevant factors.
FUTO engaged Messrs Concarplan - Enplan Group (a firm of Consultants) to design the physical plan for the University. FUTO is surrounded by a number of autonomous communities and homesteads all of which had contributed land acquired for the development of the University. These communities are Ihiagwa, Obinze, Umuoma, Nekede, Eziobodo, Avu, Okolochi, Obibiezena and Emeabiam.
It is bisected by a new road between Obinze and Naze which connects the two mentioned major roads. The Otamiri River traverses the site from North to South and with the beautiful vegetation in its river basin forms an important physical feature.
Starting with an initial enrollment of 225 undergraduate students and a staff strength of 60
(comprising 28 Academic and 32 Administrative staff) in 1981. The University’s enrollment for the 2010/2011 session
has grown to 21,039 students (comprising 17,713 Undergraduates and 3,326 Postgraduate students) and
an Academic Staff strength of 926 (including 156 Professors), plus over 1,200 Administrative and Technical support Staff.
FUTO Undergraduate Students – About 14,500
Postgraduate Students– About 6,700
Total Number of Students – About 21,000
MOTTO: Technology for Service
- Available print collections of over 95,000 Books and 200 Journal Titles plus over 3,500 Technical Documents and 1,000 maps.
- Virtual Library (with database covering over 300 subject areas; plus availability of some rather specialized EBSCO, AGRA and OARE data bases).
- Added to these are some modern Internet facilities, provided under the OSIWA Project and some well co-ordinated IMO depository rights.
Federal University of Technology, Owerri has 6 degree-granting schools. The University has grown from few
students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 20,000 degree candidates
including Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.
- School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology
- School of Engineering and Engineering Technology
- School of Environmental Technology
- School of Health Technology
- School of Management Technology
- School of Science
COMMERCIAL AND ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES
- FUTO Consultancy Services Limited
- FUTO Micro-finance Bank Limited
- FUTO Farms Limited
- FUTO Bookshops Limited
- FUTO Press Limited
RESEARCH CENTRES AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT UNITS
- Centre for Agricultural Research
- Centre for Industrial Studies
- Centre for Continuing Education
- Centre for Energy and Power Systems Research
- Centre for Vocational and Entrepreneurial Studies
- Institute of Erosion Studies
- Information and Communication Technology Centre
- University Computer Centre
22 'individuals of distinction'
FUTO understands the need for comfort for her students especially as this can affect the overall output of the student.
The University Accommodation Office provides a register containing houses, flats and rooms to rent in the
private sector, and also lets and manages accommodations owned by the University to graduates.
Club, Events and Societies
At FUTO, Students experience a wide variety of activities including those initiated by the students themselves
and also some which are University sponsored recreational activities available for our students to join or attend.
Some of which Include:
- The Kegites Club
- Speech and Debate Club
- Muslim Student Society
- Entertainment Club
- Thespian and Literary Club
Student Union Government.
FUTO’s Student Union Government, an association of student representatives elected by the student body to protect
the interests of students has for many years improved the voice of students on Campus. It has grown to become
an important part of campus life. It serves as a link between the university administration and the student body
and is the organ through which the voice of the students is heard.
The Student Union Government seeks to create a conducive environment so that all students reach their full potential.
It strives for a campus that has every conceivable amenity and facility that students require.
The SGA is tasked with ensuring that the concerns and complaints of the students are dealt with promptly and efficiently.
The Student Union Government seeks to create an atmosphere on campus in which students have extracurricular activities
and events to develop non-academic skills.
Another important function of the Student Union Government is to communicate information between the University
and students, and to make decisions together with the University that reflect the best interests of the students.
The membership of the Students’ Union is voluntary. Membership is open to all matriculated students of the University
and renewable at the beginning of every session on payment of membership annual dues payable to the
designated accounts of the Students’ Union
Prof. Chigozie Cyril Asiabaka
Welcome to FUTO website!
I invite you to visit us at any time—in person or through this site.
The University is located in South East of Nigeria, in a serene and rich natural environment which is apt for academic work. In view of its proximity to multinational oil exploration companies, FUTO has the special advantage of being able to draw from a pool of qualified professionals within and outside the University. Consequently, FUTO graduates are most sort after in the job market.
My vision as a Vice-Chancellor is to re-position FUTO to be a top-ranked first class institution of excellence in technology knowledge production and dissemination, through teaching, research and service to mankind. More details are in my Inaugural speech - Quest for Excellence.
I welcome your interest in the University. Please browse our Web pages for information on all aspects of the University and the activities of its students, faculty, and staff.
Vice Chancellor Biography
Prof. Chigozie Cyril Asiabaka was appointed the 6th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri by the Governing Council at its 133rd Meeting held on Thursday, May 19, 2011.
By the appointment, Prof. Asiabaka, the Former Dean of the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, assumed office as Vice-Chancellor on June 19, 2011 at the expiration of the tenure of the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. C.O. Onwuliri.
Born on September 29, 1953, Prof. Asiabaka who hails from Awo-Idemili, Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State joined FUTO as a lecturer II on July 15, 1986 and rose to the esteemed rank of Professor of Agricultural Extension on October 1, 1997. Prof. Asiabaka has held several administrative positions in the University. Between 1992 and 1994, he was the Co-ordinator, Research and Training of the Erosion Research Centre funded by the European Economic Community (EEC). He was also HOD, Agricultural Economics & and Extension from July 1992 – February 2000 and Director, Centre for Continuing Education (formerly FUTO Extension Services) 2004 – 2007. He has also served as the Chairman, Committee of Deans and as a Member representing the Senate in the 8th Governing Council from 2005 to 2007. Notable amongst the committees he has chaired is the Endowment Fund Committee (2002 – 2004) that facilitated the provision of 10 capital projects on campus.
Besides classroom work, Prof. Asiabaka has supervised 17 PhD theses, 7 MSc theses and over 100 undergraduate students in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Egerton University, Ngoro, Kenya. He has also served as an external examiner in over 12 universities across the country.
At the state, national and global levels, Prof. Asiabaka has served amongst others, as State Consultant, FADAMA III, Impact Assessment Studies, Imo State under the National Fadama (World Bank Assisted) Project; and Consultant and Impact Assessor for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He is currently a Senior Scientific Adviser to the International Foundation for Science (IFS) Stockholm, Sweden; the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan and the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal.
An active member of several learned societies, Prof. Asiabaka has to his credit more than 133 publications. He is married to Dr. (Mrs.) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka and they are blessed with children.
School of Science
The School of Science at FUTO like any other Outstanding University Science Program teaches students the Principles of Math and Science. It enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality and research studies undertaken quite consistently.
Pioneering major research studies in Africa, students here enjoy an understanding of the complex social, political, economic and environmental implications of new technological products and processes.
Our students have the opportunity to work alongside their faculty mentors on contemporary research programs as many faculty members involve undergraduates in their research. Many students make innovative contributions to this and are included as authors.
FUTO's School of Science students learn to communicate effectively and excel tremendously. Graduates of our school go on to establish outstanding records of achievement not only in technical fields but also in academia, business, government, and as leaders in their community.
School of Management Technology
FUTO's school of Management Technology draws together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working across the fields of Financial Management, Maritime, Transport, Information, project and philosophy. Our school have drawn on their passion for teaching, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and the insights gained from their research to educate generations of leaders who have shaped the practice of business in every industry in Africa and indeed the world.
Our curriculum is designed to transform students expanding their ideas and preparing them to think, act, and even dream differently than when they arrived.
Our school is the most connected in terms of spirit, intellectual curiosity, and experience to its home university and of any top School of Management in Africa. You will take courses from experts here, as well as from scholars and practitioners around the University, whose diverse areas of expertise will expand your understanding of business. Your fellow students both your classmates and other graduate and professional students will contribute insights from their experiences, backgrounds, and passions.
School of Engineering
Embarking upon a degree at FUTO requires full focus and dedication. Choosing the right department is crucial. Like a good book, a good subject is one you can’t put down. Take your time through our Departments.
In line with the philosophy of the University, the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology is to provide in-depth Academic/Practical Training in the student's professional area of interest with extensive practical exposure to the broad Engineering discipline/Practical Engineering Techniques in order to produce graduates that are basically sound in their professional fields, while also possessing easily identifiable and readily applicable expertise for self employment on graduation. The students are also exposed to courses in Social Science, humanities and managerial programmes during their stay to broaden and increase the horizon of their academic and practical training.
We are well positioned to produce the next generation of engineers and leaders who are able to provide far-reaching solutions to the society’s complex challenges through sound analytical skills and judgement.
School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology
The School of Agriculture and Agricultural Sciences (SAAT) was established to train students in Agriculture and related Sciences, to equip them with skills and knowledge in Agricultural Technologies. The School through the Departments runs the five year Bachelor of Agricultural Technology (B. Agric Tech.) Degree programmes, Post Graduate Diploma (PGD), the Master of Science (MSc) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees in different fields of Agriculture. Graduates of the school are equipped with requisite knowledge for research and development in agricultural technologies, commercial farm management and extension services. The SAAT Teaching and Research Farm facility, a major component of the school facilitates practical training and research capabilities of students. The school also operates viable linkages with the industry in a bid to produce competent graduates who can fit appropriately into the global marketplace.
SAAT is endowed with quality teaching, technical and non teaching support staff dedicated to fulfilling the mandate of the school. Some of these staff have attracted consistent external funding for their research resulting in the achievement of practical and award winning results in their areas of study.
School of Health Technology
FUTO'S School of health technology is a highly respected faculty, locally and internationally. Our students are tutored by highly trained experts working within a variety of clinical and non clinical departments.
Stemming from our mission to tackle major diseases and challenges that have hit the African continent, the school which also boasts of an optometry department and a Prothesis & Orthopaedic department has been in the fore front of tackling health challenges in Africa.
Our courses has been designed so that students first acquire an integrated understanding of science courses that allows them to shape their subsequent studies towards the topics that interest them the most. The departments here also have full research facilities paving way for modern innovations in health.
School of Environmental Technology
Embarking upon a degree at FUTO requires full focus and dedication. Choosing the right department is crucial. Like a good book, a good subject is one you can’t put down. Take your time through our Departments.
About Research at FUTO
Research at FUTO noted for developing innovative solutions not only to Africa but to the world’s most daunting challenges, has been engaged with creating new knowledge, whether in the sciences, business or arts. They use innovative research techniques and modern technology, both to examine problems of the modern world and to understand better the ancient world.
There is extensive collaboration with leading university networks, among researchers and with public agencies and business community in Africa and internationally. Researchers based in different departments and institutes across the University are looking at many different aspects of climate change including climate science; mitigation; climate impacts and adaptation; and policy, governance and financing.
The range of research activities at FUTO is broad and deep. FUTO scholars conduct in research in almost every field, and seek to expand human knowledge through analysis, innovation, and insight. Researchers include faculty members, visiting scholars. post-doctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students, and they collaborate with colleagues across the University, at affiliated institutions, and at other research institutions.
Welcome to Centre for Energy and Power Systems Research (CEPSR)
This Centre was established in 2003 as an arm of Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering. In October 2006, the University Management repositioned the Centre as one of the major academic centres in the University, in view of the role energy plays in the nation’s economy.
The vision of CEPSR is to position FUTO, to be a top ranked University in Nigeria in the areas of Energy and Power Systems Research.
The Mission of Centre for Energy and Power systems Research is to foster a Centre of Excellence in Energy-related research activities. The above mission shall be achieved through the following objectives:
- To develop Energy usage patterns of different sectors of the economy, present as well as projected.
- To develop Unit costs of energy from different sources.
- To develop alternative optimal models of different sectors of the economy.
- To evaluate critically the technologies in use for power generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of energy from each of the existing sources and develop improved technologies for greater cost effectiveness.
- To consider the relevance and economics of secondary sources of energy to the Nigeria economy (solar, geothermal, wind, tidal, nuclear, biomass, etc).
- To develop work on conventional technologies considered most relevant to the Nigeria context (motor vehicles, rockets, hydropower, solar, etc).
- To promote energy conservation and energy waste reduction practices in the industry.
- To cooperate and collaborate with other similar organisations in Nigeria and abroad.
FUTO recognizes the need for excellent resources to support the enthusiasm of the University community towards in-depth scholarly research and thus offers World Class Libraries, laboratories and Research centres.
FUTO exposes the students to endless possibilities. Here, Undergraduate students have at their disposal every curricular and extra curricular programs, equipping them for the challenges thereafter.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION CENTRE (ICTC)
To be an instrument for transforming the University to a world-class standard through the provision of ICT facilities, tools and knowledge.
In pursuance of our vision, the ICT Centre will promote the increased use of functional state-of-the-art resources for Teaching and Learning, Research, Training and Consultancy Services for students, staff and the society at large.
ICT Centre Technical Staff
- Engr. Prof. G. A. Chukwudebe- -Director
- Prof. I. M. Mejeha- Deputy Director
- Mr. Obinna Osuji- Chief Systems Analyst
- Remigius C. Nlemorisa- Senior Systems Analyst / Programmer
- Mr. Chukwuka Onyegbuchule- Senior Systems Analyst
- Mr. Felix Chukwuemeka Nwaokike
- Miss Nkechi Esomonu- Systems Analyst
- Mr George Amatobi- Systems Analyst
- Mr. Charles Amoke - Systems Analyst / Programmer
Highlights of our Work Plan
- Maintenance /support for University Website and Portal services
- Production of ID cards for staff and students.
- Liaison with the Vice-Chancellor/Registry/ICT to meet computing resources need and ensure benefit realization from Third Party application providers.
- Training Workshops for staff in areas of need.
- Acquisition of the necessary software tools/standards for software application development.
- Consultancy/Research on business process improvement.
- Seminars and symposia on hot topics, standards and best practices in computing and software engineering.
- Deployment of LAN (Wired or Wireless)
- Digitization/Clean up of existing systems
- Quality Control and Assurance
- Development of Information Security/ Back up/Recovery Plan
- Review and harmonisation of ICT Third party provider organisations present on campus.
- Development of an ICT policy on processes and procedures
CENTRE FOR WOMEN, GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.
Established and granted full academic status by the University Senate at its 338th meeting held on Tuesday May 4, 2010, The Centre for Women, Gender and Development Studies (CWGDS) is a multi disciplinary Academic Research Unit in the Office of the Vice – Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). The Centre formally known as Centre for Women, Child, Research and Development (CWCRD) has its administrative office located at the Senate Building of FUTO. It is headed by a Director – Dr. Mrs Ihuoma P. Asiabaka.
To be the foremost Centre of excellence for Women, Gender and Development Studies.
Using state of art technology to develop academic and non-academic programme of activities in the area of women, gender and development studies.
- Conduct research, seminars, workshops, symposia in areas of women, gender and development studies
- Teaching different vocational skills and award of relevant certificate, diploma and degree programmes in areas of women, gender and development studies.
- Provide counseling services for staff and students and make recommendations to the University management.
- Assist in gender main streaming and gender equity through teaching and research.
- Assist in the realization of the MDGs by serving as skills acquisition; education and economic empowerment centre for women, members of the University community, the host communities, Imo State and other interested persons within and outside Nigeria.
- Assist in early child research and development through its Child Development Centre (CDC).
In line with existing practice around the World, the University Senate at its 358th meeting held on 27th March, 2012 approved new objectives of the Centre as follows:
- To conduct research in areas of Women, Gender and Development Studies.
- To conduct Seminars, Workshops, Symposia and other relevant activities that will enhance research and development in the areas of women, gender and development studies.
- To mount relevant certificate, diploma and degree programmes in gender, women and development studies.
- To conduct gender, women and development institutions /laureates and some other schools in the area of expertise.
- To develop research fellowships, linkages, faculty and student exchanges in the areas of expertise with national and international partners and participants.
- To conduct research in the areas of need that is relevant to the objectives of the Centre.
The Directorate for University Linkages and Advancement was established in the Federal University of Technology Owerri in the year 2009 as a positive initiative to enhance University Outreach, and to accord the needed attention to the external sourcing of support for collaborative research and the technological development of FUTO in keeping with the University’s Strategic Plan. The Directorate also was intended to help Co-ordinate other external contacts and collaborative functions of FUTO Staff and Students, inclusive of Exchange Programmes, Travel Fellowships, Visits, Scholarship Awards and Grants etc.
In keeping with National Universities Commission Guidelines, the Directorate functions as an active Unit under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. It is headed by a seasoned University Professor, who serves as the Director, and has a team of Academic and Administrative Staff serving full-time in the Unit. The Linkages and Advancement Unit also relates closely with Deans, Directors and Heads of the various University Schools, Institutes and Departments in FUTO. Furthermore the Directorate enjoys the active backing and support of the University Management and the Governing Council.
FUNCTIONS, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Basically, the Directorate of Linkages and Advancement in FUTO is actively involved in promoting local and external links, partnerships and collaborative arrangements based on well-defined Agreements and/or Memoranda (and Articles) of Understanding. As much as possible, the Directorate is required to facilitate, co-ordinate and manage Linkages between the University (or Units there-of) on the one hand, and local, National and International Agencies/Institutions, Industries (and other establishments) and Donor Organisations/Development Partners on the other hand. The Directorate is also expected to spearhead the sourcing of funds and equipments/facilities support from Corporate Organisations locally and from abroad for collaborative sponsorship of Research and Capacity Building.
More specifically, the Directorate of Linkages targets the following Goals and Objectives among others:
- To promote fruitful Linkages between FUTO and various Governmental, Industrial, Institutional as well as sundry Public or Private sector Establishments, Organisations and Individuals, locally and overseas for purposes of qualitative manpower training, capacity building and Scientific /Technological Advancement generally.
- Provide a platform for effective up-grading and marketing of FUTO Programmes at National and International levels; especially through purpose-oriented Development of Curriculum and useful Collaborative Research; and through mutually beneficial Staff and Students Exchange programmes and productive Partnerships.
- Collate and publicise Information on fruitful Research activities and attainments of FUTO for the attention of Local, National, and International Beneficiaries, interested Stakeholders and target end-users generally; as well as explore and pursue viable Opportunities for Research Grants, Research Collaboration and short (or long) term Institutional Investment Schemes.
- Support and facilitate productive cross –country Technical, Academic and Administrative interactions and exchanges involving Undergraduate Traineeship Schemes, plus other Collaborative arrangements as may be worked-out between FUTO and various outside Agencies.
- To undertake any other roles and assignments as may be determined by the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management in furtherance of University Interests, and especially the Linkage Potentials, Opportunities and Targets of FUTO, Locally, and Nationally and Internationally.
ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR
Within the past few years the University has contracted viable Linkages and Collaborative Agreements with several Institutions locally and overseas. Additional Linkage arrangements are currently being pursued and worked out with fifteen Overseas Institutions and Agencies. Likewise the Federal University of Technology is currently considering and processing Applications for Affiliation and possible collaboration with scores of Nigerian Institutions and Agencies. The University has also benefitted extensively from nomination by the National Universities Commission for participation in several International Linkages and Advancement Programmes in partnership/collaboration with Agencies and Institutions in various parts of Africa, the United States of America, Europe, Far East Asia, and Japan.
Arriving at FUTO gives you the opportunity to relish our serene and natural ambience with a beautiful landscape which provides an ideal environment for learning. One major objective of our university is to continually advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through teaching and research.
|OUR STUDENTS, OUR FUTURE
Our students are our greatest assets towards a glorious future, thus we support and equip them with requisite skills-set and knowledge that will make them stand out distinctly among their peers and in their chosen fields of human endeavor.
| OUR PEOPLE
FUTO is a community of highly inspired and creative minds. We have a rich blend of diverse, influential and accomplished individuals in different fields and disciplines. Our academic staff are renowned and have a rich pedigree of making high quality contributions to education and providing thought leadership.