COUNCIL FOR THE REGULATION OF ENGINEERING IN NIGERIA, COREN
NO 22 ADDIS ABABA CRESCENT WUSE ZONE 4, ABUJA
COREN ACCREDITATION VISITATION
21ST – 25TH MAY, 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS Page
Title Page 1
- Introduction 4
- Preamble 4
- Brief historical background of Engineering Programme in ELIZADE
- Previous accreditation status of Engineering Programme of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin Ondo State 4
- Composition of accreditation team 4
- Period of visitation 6
- Arrival 6
- Pre-Accreditation meeting 6
- Courtesy calls 7
- Courtesy call on the Dean of Faculty of Engineering 7
- Courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor 8
- Inspection of common facilities 9
- University library 9
- ICT centre 9
- Lecture complex 9
- Drawing studio 10
- Workshop 10
- Software Engineering Laboratory 10
- Laboratories 10
- Departmental report 11
- Exit meeting 11
- Summary of results 13
- Appreciation 14
The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN was established by Decrees No. 55 of 1970 as amended by No. 27 of 1992 (Amendment), now CAP E11/2004. The mandate of COREN is to control and regulate the practice of the Engineering Profession in all its aspects and ramifications. With this mandate, the Council undertakes accreditation visitations to all Engineering programmes in Universities, Polytechnics and Technical Colleges producing engineering personnel in all cadres of the profession.
In line with the mandate of COREN and to ensure that standards of knowledge and skill attained by persons seeking to be engineering personnel, the council constituted a team of seasoned Engineers from the academia and the industry to assess the seven (7) undergraduate programmes in Engineering of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Akure from 21st to 25th May, 2017.
1.2 BRIEF HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF ENGINEERING PROGRAMME IN ELIZADE UNIVERSITY
The Faculty of Engineering started academic activities in the 2013/2014 academic year with seven departments. These departments were:
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial/Production Engineering
- Automotive Engineering
1.3 ACCREDITATION STATUS OF ENGINEERING PROGRAMME OF ELIZADE UNIVERSITY ILARA-MOKIN ONDO STATE
The Engineering Programmes of Elizade University is in its fourth year runs the following Undergraduate Programm
- COMPOSITION OF THE ACCREDITATION TEAM
|1||Engr. Prof. Remy Uche, Team Leader||Mechanical||Department of Mechanical Engineering,
School of Engineering and Technology,
Federal University of Technology, (FUTO) Owerri, Imo State.
|2||Engr. Kareem Aduagba Ganiyu||Mechanical||National Agency for Science & Engineering Infrastructure, IDU Industrial Area, Abuja||08032504941|
|3||Engr. Prof. Y. A. Jimoh||Civil||Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin||08035741851|
|4||Engr. Alhassan A. Aliyu||Civil||LUFF-BORO Engineering Limited, House No 2, Albishir Camp, Tudun Fulani, Minna||08097140346
|5||Engr. Prof. Haboa Dandakouta||Automotive||HOD, Dept of Automobile Engineering, ATBU, Bauchi||08038530933|
|6||Engr. Ishaya Zamani Donald||Automotive||Quality Control Department, Pegeout Automobile Nigeria Ltd, Kaduna||07033505420|
|7||Engr. Dr. Patience E. Orukpe||Computer||Dept. of Elect/Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Benin Edo State||08104591994|
|8||Engr. Bala Abdulkadir||Computer||Z-Mains Engineering,
Tudun Wada New Layout, Tunga, Minna
|9||Engr. Prof. R. E. Okonigene||Elect/Elect||Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma||08056322139|
|10||Tgst. Ahmad Muhammed Yabagi||Elect/Elect||Federal Ministry of Communication, Abuja||08052256404|
|11||Engr. Dr. Francis E. Idachaba||Information & Communication Technology ICT||Dept. of Elect/ Information Engineering, Covenant University, Ota||08039570321|
|12||Engr. Ikechuku Amalu||ICT||NIGCOMSAT Ltd, Abuja||08036675848|
|13||Engr. Prof. Christian Okechukwu Osueke, MNSE, MNimechE||Industrial/Prod.||Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Landmark University, Omu-Aran||08033245942|
|14||Engr. Dr. Abdulkarim Nasir||Industrial/Production||Dept. of Mech. Federal University of Technology, Minna||08033183561|
|15||Engr. Peter Awunde||Programme Coordinator||COREN Head Office, Abuja||08138982443|
|16||Mrs. Rahilah Saleh Umar||Secretary||COREN Head Office, Abuja||07037562381|
|Engr. Tomide Akinnawo||COREN Zonal Officer||COREN Zonal Office, Akure.||07087211499|
1.5 PERIOD OF VISITATION
The Accreditation Team arrived at Akure on Sunday, 21st May, 2017 and departed on Thursday 25th May, 2017.
Members of the accreditation team arrived safely in Akure and were checked into their accommodation at Sunview Hotel, Alagbaka, Akure. The Dean, Engr. Prof. Samuel B. Adejuyigbe with Heads of Department came to the Hotel to welcome the Team.
- PRE-ACCREDITATION MEETING
The pre-accreditation meeting with the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Engr. Prof. S. Adejuyigbe was held in the Sunview Hotel hall at 7:50 pm. There was a brief welcome note by the Coordinator, Engr. Peter Awunde after which he introduced the COREN accreditation Team, while the Dean introduced the Team from Elizade University.
After the introduction, the Team Leader, Engr. Prof. Remy Uche, addressed the meeting, he thanked the Almighty God for the safe arrival of all the members of the Team, and he appreciated the Dean and his Team for their warm reception. He stated that the pre-visitation meeting is to familiarize with members of the department to be accredited. He urged the University team to be cooperative, sincere and open to the accreditation team in order to attain the objective set for the visitation.
The Dean requested the HODâ€™s to give COREN Team the self-study documents and the Students hand book, he said the Faculty of Engineering run seven programmes but residing in three departments namely; Department of Mechanical, Production and Automotive Engineering, Department of Electrical, Computer and ICT Engineering and Department of Civil Engineering.
The Team Leader said the exercise is critical as some of the programmes are at 400 levels. He read out the Programme provided for the accreditation exercise as outlined by COREN. It was then adopted by all members present at the meeting. He emphasized that the Team will follow the programme strictly. He informed all that the Team would also strictly adhere to COREN (BMAS) document on accreditation throughout the exercise and every activity during the period of visitation would be documented and reported to the Council at the end of the exercise.
The Dean of Engineering, Engr. Prof. S. B. Adejuyigbe, thanked the COREN Team and wish them a fruitful stay in Akure. He then departed with his Team to allow COREN Team to deliberate further on their assignment.
The Team Leader thereafter held a brief meeting with the Resource persons and the Secretariat Staff after the pre-visitation meeting was held. He further briefed the team on the modalities for the conduct of the COREN accreditation exercise in order to ensure that the entire Team understood the task ahead. He informed the team that the exercise being the first accreditation to the programme must be strictly carried out in line with COREN Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS), as other future Teams will make reference to the outcome of the report.
The meeting was adjourned following a motion moved by Engr. Prof C.O. Osuoke, and was seconded by Engr. Prof R. E. Okonigene, there after a closing prayer was said by Engr. Bala Abdulkadir at 9.10pm.
- Courtesy Calls
2.1 Courtesy Call on the Dean of the Faculty
The Team arrived at the office of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Engr. Prof. Adejuyigbe at 8.50am on Monday 22nd May, 2017. He welcomed the team and thanked them for the Accreditation visit.
The Faculty Officer Mrs. Genevieve Obadan formally introduced the Registrar, Chief Omololu Adegbenro, the Dean and all the Principal Officers of the Faculty, while introduction of COREN Team was carried out by the Programme Coordinator, Engr. Peter Awunde.
The Dean welcomed the Leader of the Team and the resource persons. He gave an insight to what the University has been able to do in its short period of establishment. He gave a brief history of the Institution which commenced in 2012/2013 Academic session and that of the Faculty which commenced in 2013/2014 Session, he appreciated the Founder for his passion for Engineering and all those who have contributed to the success of the Institution.
The Registrar of the University also welcomed the COREN Team, he enumerated the achievements of the School within short period, he said Engineering have constituted 60% of the studentsâ€™ population of the Institution and also the University has a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Toyota Corporation in Durban, South Africa to facilitate excellent training and studentâ€™s exposure to their facility during six months Industrial training.
The Team Leader Engr. Prof. Remy Uche stressed the importance of COREN accreditation for any Institution running Engineering Programme, he appreciated the Founderâ€™s passion to develop Engineering, he also commended the MOU with Toyota for SIWES, he said Toyota should have assembly plant in Nigeria, the Registrar confirmed the assembly plant have started.
He said the exercise is for partnership and growth. He prayed for Godâ€™s guidance and fruitful assignment.
The Vice Chancellor of Wesley University who was on the visit to the Institution, commended COREN in their quest to promoting Engineering in the Nation, he commended the Institution for hiring the best brains across the country to run the University.
The Team Leader commended the efforts of the Dean and the coordinators for the warm reception accorded the team on arrival. He assured the Dean of fairness and firmness in carrying out the exercise. The courtesy call ended with a group photograph.
2.2 Courtesy Call on the Vice Chancellor
The COREN Team moved to pay courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor. The team arrived the VCâ€™s office at 10:00 am. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. T.O Fadayomi, the Registrar, Chief O Adegbenro, the University Librarian Mrs. Oke, the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and all the HODâ€™s of the various departments of the Faculty warmly received the team.
The Registrar introduced The VC and other Principal Officers while the Programme Coordinator, Engr. P. Awunde Introduced COREN Team.
The VC welcomed the Team to the hill of Ilara Mokin where the Elizade University is located, he told the Accreditation Team about their journey so far in the short period of development. He mentioned that the University is ready to welcome further advice from the Team on the development of engineering profession.
The COREN Team Leader briefed the VC on the purpose for the visitation stating firmly that the accreditation exercise by COREN is aimed at developing partnership and ensuring growth, not for witch-hunting but it is also very strict, firm and fair. He made it clear that the visitation is long overdue, stating that the starting of any Engineering programme requires the permission of COREN.
He informed the VC that the COREN team is made up of experienced, skilled and highly knowledgeable professionals put together from the industry and academia to carry out the exercise. He also gave an assurance that a meticulous work will be done that would reflect the true picture of the situation.
He also informed the VC that at the end of the exercise, both parties would reconvene to discuss the observations of the team. However, he made it clear that only the COREN Council has the right to give the verdict of the visitation. He solicited for the cooperation of the university to facilitate the execution of the exercise. He commended the VC for his favourable disposition to improving Engineering education in the University.
He emphasized on the illegality of running Engineering Programmes that have not been accredited by COREN or continuing with such programmes with expired or failed accreditation.
He once again expressed his gratitude for the warm reception accorded the team and commended the efforts of the Founder and the Vice Chancellor.
The meeting ended at 11:05am with a group photograph.
- 3. INSPECTION OF COMMON FACILITIES
The Team proceeded on an inspection of the common facilities accompanied by the Dean, HODâ€™s and some members of staff in the Faculty. The Programme Coordinator emphasized on the importance of COREN registration and urged the staff to obtain their registration through their professional bodies if they are to practice legally. Facilities visited were:
- UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
The University Library is headed by the Chief Librarian, Mrs. Oke who welcomed the Team.
The University houses current books and journals. It has 240 studentâ€™s sitting capacity, it is equipped with Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) to enable the students access the books in the library easily.
The E-Resources Library is headed by Mr. Idowu Adegbilero and it has a sitting capacity of 54 students with functional computer systems and fast internet services.
In the Faculty, there is a small Library that has studentâ€™s seating capacity of 15 and holds quite a number of the important and required books in the Engineering programmes to compliment the Main Library.
- ICT CENTRE
In addition to several other offline databases, the University Library has subscribed to a number of online databases mainly Elsevier Science Direct, Jstor and HINARI. The Faculty also has a computer room with 24 computers which have several engineering packages installed on them for use by the students.
- Lecture Complex
The Faculty has lecture hall with sitting capacity of 150 students. There are also dedicated classrooms for students in each department. Compared to the number of students in the programme, the classrooms are of adequate seating capacity with overhead projector and public address systems.
There are other classrooms of smaller sizes and well ventilated with adequate illumination.
3.4 Drawing StudiO
The drawing studio available in the faculty has 72 studentâ€™s sitting capacity. The students are provided with modern facilities and drawing boards.
- Central Workshop has the following machines:
- Bending Machine
- Universal Testing Machines
- 3 Lathe Machines
- Connect Rod Boring Machine
- Drilling Machine
- Grinding Machine
- Power Saw
- Welding Fabrication Section
- Carpentry Section
- Automobile Section
- SOFTWARE ENGINEERING LABORATORY
The Laboratory has 24 studentâ€™s seating capacity with computer systems loaded with AutoCAD and Computer Manufacturing softwares for independent studies.
The following laboratories are newly built and equipped with modern facilities
- Hydraulic and Environment Laboratory
- Structures and Concrete Laboratory
- Geo-Technics and Foundation Laboratory
- Vibration/Material Science Laboratory
- Energy (Electrical) Laboratory
- Computer Network Laboratory
- Control and Instrumentation Laboratory
- Automotive and Mechanics of Machines Laboratory
- Thermo Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Laboratory.
- DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS
The Team proceeded to various Departments for assessment of Academic Content, Curriculum, Compliance with Admission requirement and Academic regulations. Interview students on practical/project work, Engineering Drawing practice and adequacy of lectures. Departmental reports are contained in the different Sub-Team reports as attached.
- EXIT MEETING
The Exit Meeting commenced at 10.00am. The Team leader presented the teamâ€™s observations and findings to the Vice Chancellor. He commended the Dean for his dexterity and good leadership acumen. He extolled the cooperation and support given to him by members of staff within the Faculty and also appreciated the Heads of Elect/Elect, Mechanical and Civil who have justified that their appointment were not only appropriate but well deserved and also commended on their style of Leadership and commitment to duty. He then reemphasized the importance of COREN Accreditation and COREN registration.
He commended the University for the effort put in place to improve the profession.
The Team Leader pointed out the following observations and recommendations:
- The Library facility â€“ both the University Main Library and the Faculty Library are equipped with modern and relevant engineering books and professional journals. The E-Library has adequate number of data bases that provide e-resources to staff and students. Though the Library is stocked with adequate volumes of books in both hard and electronic forms, it is imperative that due attention should be given to the creation of bigger and better space for the Faculty Library and should be separated from the Faculty of Science Library. The E-Library equipped with high broadband internet facility with computer systems is indeed commendable.
- Workshops and Laboratories â€“ there are state-of-the art equipment and machines in the workshops and laboratories. From our interview with your students, we have no iota of doubt that the machines and equipment are sufficiently employed in impacting appropriate skills on them.
- We also observed shortage of technical staff in the workshops and laboratories. We recommend that skilful tenured technical and academic staff be employed for the development of the university. Further still, we noticed that only two staff out of the whole technical staff are registered with COREN. We advise that all unregistered staff both technical and academic staff should commence and complete COREN registration without delay. Remember, Sir that it is illegal for none registered technical staff to be engaged in any form of engineering practice.
- We notice with satisfaction cleanliness of the University environment. We commend your administration on this great virtue and solicit for its sustenance.
- We received with great excitement the Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] between Elizade University and Toyota Manufacturing Company in Durban South Africa for six-months Industrial Training for your Mechanical/Automotive Engineering students. This is a great initiative that requires every measure of support for success.
- Funding â€“ we recommend steady flow of fund into the system for optimal operation.
- Staff Development â€“ we observed limited cases of staff development programmes/scheme. Steps are advised to be put in place to address it particularly in the sponsorship to conferences and acquisition of higher degrees. Investments in staff development pogrammes will undoubtedly stabilize steady academic culture and will guarantee a healthy tenure ship of the academic and technical staff.
- The machines and equipment in mechanical laboratories can provide training for both local and international personnel. Short courses can be organized for technologists and other technical staff periodically. Again, if properly advertised, the shops/laboratories can generate huge sums of money to the university as IGR as well as providing wonderful opportunities for your students learning and research.
- ICT Centre is well equipped with computer system for training of both staff and students of the university and we urge you to sustain and upgrade them as technology advances.
- The admission policy of the under graduate Programme of the University which is strictly based on JAMB guidelines and COREN BMAS is commendable, but the University must ensure that high quality and employable engineering graduates are turn out.
- We specially commend the following:
- Commitment and support from the Founder and Visitor.
- Availability of Office for the entire faculty Staff.
- Prompt release of studentsâ€™ semesters examination results
- Safety and environmental sanitation
- We also observed regular supply of electric power in the campus. This is another feat of Elizade University. Please keep it up.
- The following critical areas should be addressed accordingly:
- Staff comprise more of adjunct staff with minimal number of core EU staff
- The visiting faculty in Electrical/Computer Engineering were more of Computer science inclination and they were expected to serve for all the three programs
- Too many adjuncts from Lecturer 1 up to Professor used for the computation of the staff mix.
- Lack of Core Faculty in the ICT program
- The visiting lecturers were engaged in April 26TH 2017
- Issues with the self-study form ranging from errors in the course content and the question paper formats among others.
- All unregistered Engineering Personnel (Lecturers, Technologist and Technical must register with COREN before the end of the Year 2017.
- All registered Engineering Personnel (Lecturers, Technologist etc) must be up to date in payment of COREN practicing fees. The University may assist them in order to encourage them.
Once again, I want to inform the Vice Chancellor that it is only the COREN Council that can give verdict of this exercise. We therefore, implore the Vice Chancellor as a seasoned academic with robust intellect and cognate experience in university administration, to bring his expertise, knowledge, connection both local and international to bring to clear visibility the dreams of the founding father is actualized in the shortest possible time in making this citadel world class university in the order of MIT. I thank the VC immensely for the openness and the hands of friendship he has extended to the members of my team and our principal COREN.
- SUMMARY OF RESULTS
The summary result of all the visitations to Departments is presented in the table below.
|1||Civil Engineering||81.91%||Full Accreditation|
|2||Electrical and Electronic Engineering||77.5%||Full Accreditation|
|3||Mechanical Engineering||80.5%||Full Accreditation|
|5||Computer Engineering||54%||Failed Accreditation|
|6||Industrial and Production Engineering||46.9%||Failed Accreditation|
|7||Automotive Engineering||54.6%||Failed Accreditation|
The team expressed their sincere appreciation to the Council for the opportunity given to them to serve in this capacity.
Engr. Prof, Remy Uche, FNSE