Q: Why was ABUAD (a charitable institution) established?
A: ABUAD was established solely as an agent of transforming education in Nigeria. It is designed to be a reference point for other universities on planning, environment, aesthetic structures, furniture, teaching aid and quality education.
Q: How did ABUAD rise so quickly to achieve the acknowledged uniqueness as a model and reference point?
A: The Founder, a seasoned and tireless university administrator, was personally involved in the planning and construction work which was completed within 8 months. It is the first and only University in Nigeria to commence academic activities on the permanent site with all the state-of-the-art facilities in place within 8 months of the turning of the sod.
Q: What were the facilities on ground which qualified the University for a Licence within eight months?
A: Quality, attractive and beautiful wall fence and gate; dual carriage way with beautiful circular ceremonial roads; sporting facilities which include badminton court, volley ball court, basket ball court and tennis hitting wall and football pitches; magnificent college and hostel buildings, modern cafeteria, large auditorium, 78 huge Lecture halls, 43 Lecturer offices, huge lecture theatres, E-library, ICT facilities, modern laboratory equipment, LexisNexis academic library, interactive electronic boards, Physical Library, Solar Light etc.
Q: What is the guiding philosophy of the Founder?
A: Discipline, Industry, determination, service, integrity, sound education and quality leadership.
Q: What does ABUAD do to make students imbibe founder’s ideal of excellence in education and character?
A: The founder personally prepared and authored an ABUAD anthem which is premised on his belief in industry and doggedness as the road-map to success. The university anthem reads as follows:
ABUAD we come, oh oh oh ABUAD we come;
Founded by Afe Babalola;
A believer in industry and determination.
A unique environment;
With aesthetic structure;
A beacon university;
Designed for high quality education;
To mould character and infuse knowledge
Out to lead others.
Proud of ABUAD;
The launching pad to excellence
Faith in ABUAD’s philosophy of industry, service and character,
Our future for greatness and excellence is assured.
ABUAD ensures that every student sings the anthem daily. Both teachers and students observe and practise the ideals contained in the anthem.
Q: How is ABUAD moulding the character of its students?
A: ABUAD prepares and distributes written code of conduct to teachers and students ABUAD emphasizes among others:
Ø Maximum use of time for academic work
Ø Punctuality to classes and all functions in the university,
Ø Proper dressing and
Ø Industry, cleanliness, respect for others
Q: What is ABUAD’s panacea for attaining quality education?
A: ABUAD provides highly qualified teachers, employs case study method of teaching and each staff dresses corporately. Students and teachers report in the University promptly at 8:00am and close at 5:00pm. Teachers give students assignments daily and encourage students to read and research. Students and teachers sign attendance registers. Lateness and absence are sanctioned. Use of laptops and telephones in classes is forbidden. ABUAD ensures strict compliance with the code of conduct. Students evaluate teachers, and teachers also evaluate students. ABUAD conducts periodic staff training programmes, sponsor staff to national and international conferences and encourages them to engage in Research and Development and to publish in reputable international journals.
Q: How is ABUAD preventing the types of vices prevalent in older universities?
A: All students coming to ABUAD are screened. ABUAD has introduced a very active Parents-Teachers Forum which meets regularly. The founder holds monthly free dinner for staff and students and also addresses and interacts with them. The students are fully engaged in useful academic programmes and extra-curricular activities that ensure excellence in academics, good character and leadership qualities.
Q: Has ABUAD any regulation on religious worship?
A: ABUAD permits freedom of religion. It forbids the wearing of religious outfits which breeds discrimination. It also prohibits all forms of religious extremism.
Q: What are ABUAD’s welfare programmes for teachers?
A: The contract of employment with each member of staff is personal thereby making it absolutely unnecessary to go on strike. Promotion of teachers and increase in salary depend on personal performance, creativeness and innovative support for the university. ABUAD rewards good performance and achievement at the end of each semester. The salary entry point of any staff is the highest in the country.
ABUAD provides accommodation for staff and arrangement is made for vehicles to college offices. When necessary, it facilitates staff loan to build houses or buy furniture. ABUAD provides medical treatment for staff.
ABUAD provides insurance for students and staff.
Q: Has ABUAD any arrangement for visitors, students and parents?
A: ABUAD has 42 luxurious suites for parents in its modern guest house, where foreign and native foods are served.
Q: What are the founder’s vision and mission for ABUAD?
The founder’s vision is to establish a world-class educational centre of excellence in academics, character, sports and vocational development in order to produce sound and agile professionals. He dreams of producing leaders and achievers who would be self-reliant, kind, generous, considerate and ‘sportsman’-like.
Afe Babalola University is a result-oriented institution for producing highly skilled and socially relevant graduates capable of applying scientific knowledge for the reduction of social problems.
Q: What should a prospective candidate do to gain admission into ABUAD?
A: Admission into Afe Babalola University is through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Examinations. A candidate is qualified for admission on passing five subjects (including English and Mathematics) at one sitting or six subjects (including English and Mathematics) at two sittings in the O’Level subjects. Along with this, the candidate must also have passed the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the University’s Post-UTME screening for the intended course of study.
Q: What are the qualities expected of prospective students?
A: Afe Babalola University values intellectual ability, sports and academic achievements and those personal qualities that would contribute to the achievement of excellence by all the students.
Q: What advantages do ABUAD students have which are not available in other Nigerian universities?
A: apart from other points enumerated in the other answer sections, ABUAD has uniquely developed entrepreneurship and language centres. All students are required to pass through these centres during their period of study. The Entrepreneurship Centre is for the training of students in the development of high quality entrepreneurial skills to enable them to be self-reliant apart from their course of study in the university.
The language centre is for the training of students in at least one local and one foreign language apart from English language. This is in response to the increasing globalisation of various areas of our national life including labour and employment.
Q: Apart from education, in what other ways has ABUAD been relevant to its community?
A: ABUAD is the highest private employer of labour in Ekiti State. It also has impact on the larger community through various programmes including its vast and extensive agricultural programmes. It has 1000 hectares of land dedicated to cultivation of grains which are harvested four times in a year; 10,000 mango trees which will ensure export of mango fruits all year round; over 75, 000 fishes in the fish ponds; over 10, 000 timber trees in the cultivated teak forest among many others. All these are also being presently expanded.