The Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden has projected and drawn up a peep into what shall constitute and qualify the ideal university of a technology dependent future and why administrators within the university community must be acquaint with these changing trends and adapt accordingly.

The projections and assessments were contained in the documents of the University’s 2nd Distinguished Registry Lecture on the topic ‘Beyond The Walls: The University of the Future’ delivered by Chief (Mrs) Mojisola Ladipo, a former eminent Registrar of the University of Ibadan and held yesterday at the school’s permanent campus in Ikot Akpaden, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state.

Setting the tone for the day, the Registrar of the institution, Mr John Udo stated that the lecture was put together for two cardinal purposes viz: ‘To recognize and honour efforts and achievements and to also enlighten and broaden the horizon of every participant, especially the Registry staff on the university without walls’.

Speaking further, he opined that ‘the effectiveness of the Registry as the engine room of the administration in any university can best be measured in the timely implementation of various policies as well as the quality of strategic advice to the Vice Chancellor as well as the various organs of the university’.

Vice Chancellor, Prof Eno Ibanga

In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eno Ibanga extolled the efforts of the Registry for putting up the lecture series:

“I must appreciate the Registry ably led by Mr John Udo for putting together this distinguished lecture among others which will further perfect the working of the entire administration of the university. I welcome you all to Akwa Ibom State University”.

In her lecture, the guest lecturer, Chief (Mrs) Mojisola Ladipo, herself a doyen in university administration began by stating that ‘a university is part of the general socio-economic and political fabric of a given society and era. It is an expression of its time and features both present and future’.

The University’s Registrar, Mr John Udo

According to her, ‘in attempting to speak on the topic; Beyond The Walls: The University of the Future, we shall be considering the implications of recent developments for the managers of our universities, especially the career administrators and suggest the competencies needed to navigate the maze of the university of the future, perhaps the 22nd century, best described not just as a world beyond the walls, but beyond space and time’.

‘With scientific and technological breakthroughs, especially the computer and the Internet coupled with the social, political and demographic developments that followed successive industrial revolutions, the idea, meaning and functions of universities and higher education have changed with time and administrators must flow with the tide’, she asserted.

As such, ‘the university of the future will be the one without limitations of space or time, leveraging on the technological and communication explosion, especially artificial intelligence’, Chief Ladipo ended her well applauded lecture.

The Guest Lecturer, Chief (Mrs) Moji Ladipo

In her closing remarks, the Chairperson, Planning Committee of the lecture and the institution’s deputy Registrar, Dr Ebi Eno Ibanga expressed her delight in the huge turn out of attendees and promised that the registry will heed to all the lessons learnt from the lecture.

High point of the day was the award of plaques of honour from the registry to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Ibanga and the former Pro Chancellor, Obong (Engr) Stephen Udofia.