The National University Commission (NUC) has approved the running of forensic science and 13 other environmental/engineering courses at the First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan.
Based on the approval, the institution has become the first university to offer the course in Nigeria after the Nigerian Police Academy.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, the approval was contained in a letter from the NUC dated February 10, 2021, based on a recent verification exercise the commission conducted at the university.
According to a statement issued by the institution Public Relations Officer (PRO), Akeem Lasisi, the other 13 newly-approved courses include computer engineering, civil engineering, industrial and production engineering, chemical engineering, biochemistry, science laboratory technology and quantity surveying.
Others are survey and geo-informatics, urban and regional planning, architecture, biotechnology, estate management and building.
Reacting to the development, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ayobami Salami, thanked the NUC led by its Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, for the confidence it has continued to have in Tech-U.
He said: “We appreciate the confidence, with the promise that we will continue to provide a solid education in an environment of best global practices. With the fresh approval, the third faculty (i.e. Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Management) is being consolidated, since we have already consolidated in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology as well as the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences.”