repositioning the college of agricultural sciences for global relevance

Prof. G.O. Agbaje
Dean, College of
Agricultural Sciences, LU
Facilities and equipment on ground
Green house tomato production in Landmark University
Tomatoes under drip irrigation system
2000 day-old chicks for broiler production
Laying birds at Teaching and Research Farm
The fishery unit under
construction at Teaching and
Research Farm
Table size production unit
Fingerlings production tank
Animal pens under
Piggery unit
Sheep & goat units
Ploughed paddock
Herds of Cattle in T & R Farm
Sophisticated Laboratory
Equipment at College of
Agricultural Sciences Lab
Amino acid analyzer
Fiber analyzer
Staff Capacity
Six Professors:
Two from Department of Crop & Soil
Sciences ;
Two from Department of Animal Sciences;
Two from Department of Agric Economics
& Extension .
Three Associate Professors:
Two from of Department Agric Economics &
One from of Department of Crop & Soil
lecturer I and twelve lecturer II
Three laboratory technologist
Six Administrative officers
Total of twenty-five staff at the
Teaching & Research Farm
Measures to efficiently utilize
and maintain our infrastructures
Appointment of Directors to anchor different
units; Broiler unit, Layers unit, Feedmill,
Tractor and crop cultivation, Pasture
development and management
Receipt now issued for all laboratory analysis
carried out in the lab
Only laboratory technologists are now
permitted to handle sensitive equipment
All payments from poultry sales are paid into
a sundry account of the university a separate
account is advocated for all revenues from
the college
Global Relevance
Defined as:
Ability or capacity to compete or contribute to the
“global knowledge economy” by using technology to
address most pressing problems
Ability to achieve quality standard that transcends
national borders and to transform to a world-class
research and higher education institution
Ability to develop knowledge and train graduates that
can compete in global knowledge economy. Most of the
graduates should be employable by international
Where do we contribute to
global knowledge economy?
- Poverty reduction
- narrowing income disparities through
agricultural enterprise development
-providing food security studies and
- reduction in environmental hazards and
Collaboration to develop simple machines
Characteristics of a worldclass university
To be globally relevant we must strive to be a
world-class university and the focus is
research, although teaching and other services
are not neglected
World-class ratings
following activities:
High concentration of talents from all over the world
Abundant resources to offer
environment and conduct research
Favourable govenance that enable resources to be
managed and not encumbered by bureaucracy
Methodology of the three
leading international ranking
The Academic Ranking of World
Universities(ARWU) prepared by Shanghai
Jiao Tong University
Indicators are:
 Quality
of education: alumni of an institution
winning Nobel Prizes and Field medals(10%)
 Quality
of faculty:(a) staff of an institution
winning Nobel Prizes and Field Medals(20%)
and (b) highly cited researchers in 21 broad
subject categories(20%)
 Research
output: (a) paper publish in nature
and science (20%); and (b) paper index in
Science Citation Index-expanded and Social
Science Citation Index (20%)
 Per
capital performance : per capital
academic performance
of an institution
(10%)(defined as a weighted score of the
other five indicators divided by the number
of full time equivalent academic staff
Times Higher Education (THE) : the 13
indicators use for scoring are:
 Industry
income-innovation : institution's research
income from industry scaled against the number of
academic staff members (2.5% of final ranking)
 Teaching
–the learning environment (5%): result of a
repertory survey on teaching(15%); staff-to-student
ration (4.5%); ration of PhD to bachelor’s degree
awarded by each institution (2.25%); number of PhDs
awarded by an institution, scaled against its size and
institutional income scaled against academic staff
Citation-research influence :number of times a university’s
published work is cited by academics (2.25%)
Research-volume, income and reputation : results of a
reputational survey (19.5%), university research income
(5.25%), number of papers published in academic journals
indexed by Thomson Reuters per staff member (4.5%); public
research income against university total research income
International mix- staff and students : ration of international to
domestic staff members (3%) ; and ratio of international to
domestic students (2%)
Classical example of
breakthrough into top ranking
The number of Chinese Universities in Academic Ranking
of World Universities(SJTU,2008) in the 300 top
universities increased from 0 in 2000 to 6 in 2008, the
number in top 500 increased from 4 to 18 in the same
Reasons for the increase:
- Capacity development of faculty, administrative and
technical staff members,
- encourage interdisciplinary research
- promote international cooperation,
- increased research funding
- reward staff for publishing in Science indexed journal
and Nature and Science with as much as $1,400 per
- attract best students all over the world by giving out
- set up performance evaluation in each department
-enlist reputable international Professors as visiting
-encourage attendance of international conferences
What do we do to be globally
Develop expertise in climate change
management which is a global
phenomenon affecting agricultural
Employ the use of Molecular biology and
biotechnology to study genes that
influences yield and quality traits in
plants and animal.
Train our technologists on the use and
handling of equipment in the laboratories
Undertake research in the areas of nutrient use
efficiency, organic agriculture, biogas generation from
agricultural waste, biofuel, crop management etc
Conduct research in efficiency of feed and feed
utilization in various livestock for egg, meat and goat
milk production
Encourage international research collaboration, seek
external research funding and publish only in Thomson
Reuters indexed journals
Perfect and expand urban cultivation of crops using
Encourage the hosting and organization of workshops, conferences and
training in agriculture
Performance evaluation standard will be set for each department
best students all over the world for undergraduate and
postgraduate training in the college. QUALITY NOT QUANTITY. Students
are taught using latest research findings and exposed to animals and crops
entrepreneurial management during the Farm Practical Year
Float new courses to increase student enrolment in the college( Crop
Science and climatology; Agric Communication and Media studies,
Agricultural Business and management) .
Where we are going