University of Ibadan Hosts 44th University Lecture: Emphasizes Role as Driver of Innovation

Professor Akinyinka O. Omigbodun delivered the first lecture of the University of Ibadan's 44th University Lecture series, emphasizing the university's role as a driver of innovation in society.

University of Ibadan Hosts 44th University Lecture: Emphasizes Role as Driver of Innovation

The University of Ibadan held the first lecture of its 44th University Lecture series, highlighting the university's critical role in driving societal innovation. Professor Akinyinka O. Omigbodun, a renowned Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, delivered the insightful lecture.

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The series, titled "From Cells to Systems: Building a Vibrant Academy," commenced with topics including "Cells, Organs and Systems: The Cell Engaging the System," "The System Nourishing the Cell," and "Making the System Function Better." Professor Omigbodun emphasized that universities transform societal resources into valuable outputs like new knowledge and scholars, ultimately enhancing the quality of life.

Using a metaphorical framework, Professor Omigbodun likened the university system to an organism where the cell represents the individual, tissues and organs symbolize university units, and the system represents the University of Ibadan. He stated that the university, as part of Nigeria's higher educational sector, thrives through the synergy of its individual components.

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Professor Omigbodun highlighted the university's role as an open system interacting with external environments such as geographical, political, socio-economic, cultural, and technological spheres. He underscored that the strength of the university system lies in the collaboration of its individual elements to ensure optimal functioning.

Illustrating his points with personal contributions, Professor Omigbodun discussed the importance of nurturing both undergraduate students and their trainers through sustainable international collaborations and mentorship programs. These efforts, he noted, strengthen the system and enable cells to contribute positively.

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In subsequent lectures, Professor Omigbodun plans to explore how the university system can further nourish its components, thereby enhancing overall strength and resilience against external challenges.

The University of Ibadan's Senate, which initiated the lecture series in 1971, continues this tradition with only one faculty nominating a professor each year to deliver the prestigious trilogy of University Lectures.