Advert for the Position of BURSAR

Bowen University is a first rate private institution owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention and established in July 2001 with a commitment to high performance and adding a distinctly moral dimension and Godly value to tertiary education in Nigeria and beyond. 

The University is interested in hiring a qualified individual to fill the post of BURSAR.

The Position

The Bursar is the Chief Financial Officer of the University and shall be responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day administration and control of the financial affairs of the University. He/she shall also, from time-to-time, provide expert advice on issues of investment to generate revenue as well as disbursement of funds. He/she will perform oversight functions over the University’s Commercial Services.

The Bursar shall oversee all financial, accounting, reporting, resource mobilization, fund raising, sponsorship, grants, subventions, endorsement drives, revenue generation activities, taxes and insurance functions of the University.

The Candidate, Qualifications and Experience

The candidate for the post of Bursar must:

  • Be a Christian (Preferably of Baptist Denomination)
  • Possess a good University degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division in Accounting, Finance, Economics or any related discipline from a recognized institution.
  • Be a registered member or Fellow of any of the following Professional Bodies: ICAN, ICMA, CPA, ACCA etc.
  • Be ICT compliant and conversant with current trends in financial reporting – IFRS, IPSAS.
  • Have proven knowledge in the use of Microsoft Office Package especially Microsoft Excel.
  • Be between the ages of 45 and 55 years as of the time of assumption of duty.
  • Have not less than twelve (12) years of relevant post qualification experience in University Administration or similar institution.

Salary and Conditions of Service

  • The appointment shall be for a single term of five (5) years.
  • Bowen University runs a unique remuneration package, which is similar to what obtains in other tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
  • Fringe benefits include furnished accommodation, an official vehicle and driver and other benefits as approved by the Governing Council.

Method of Application

Candidates are required to send their application, curriculum vitae and all other necessary credentials as attachment in PDF format to apply@bowen.edu.ng using the following format: 

  • Full name with surname first in capital letters
  • Post applied for
  • Date of birth, town and state of origin
  • Nationality
  • Religion and denomination
  • Current postal address including GSM number and email address
  • Permanent home address
  • Marital status
  • Names and ages of children
  • Institutions attended with dates
  • Academic qualifications with dates
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • Work experience
  • Present employment, status and salary
  • Service to national and international bodies
  • Names and address of three (3) referees
  • Signature and date

The application should include candidate’s statement of Vision and Mission for the University for the next five years in not more than 1,000 words.

Candidates are also requested to submit twenty (20) copies of their Applications, Curriculum Vitae and necessary credentials under confidential cover in sealed envelope marked “Post of Bursar, Bowen University, Iwo” to:

The Registrar,
Bowen University,
P.M.B. 284,

Iwo, 
Osun State.

This should be submitted on or before Monday, 22nd March, 2021.

Note

  • Referees should be contacted by each candidate to submit signed electronic copies of their report in PDF format to the same email address stated above, attesting to the candidate’s academic and managerial abilities as well as his/her moral character and uprightness.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

B. T. Adetona
Registrar,
Bowen University,
Iwo.

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Dr. Dahunsi Bags L’Oréal-UNESCO Award For Women

A senior lecturer at the College of Agriculture, Engineering, and Science, Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Dr Adekemi Titilayo Dahunsi, has emerged as one of the beneficiaries in the 2020 edition of L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa, a research-based competition for the female gender in the academic world.

Recently, Dr Dahunsi (nee Adesulu) was among the 20 female scientists selected by the jury of the 2020 Sub-Saharan African Young Talents Award from 330 applications for the competitive L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women and Science Prize for Young Talents in Sub-Saharan Africa (the Post-Doctoral category).

Tribune Online gathered that Dr Dahunsi is an Associate Professor in the Food Science and Technology Programme at Bowen University, and specialises in Food Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Her research interest focuses on complementing the method of food production and enhancing stability in food end-product via biotechnological intervention and achieving standards related to food security in Africa, toward ensuring safety and quality of African fermented foods through her research outputs.

She prioritises safe food development for her country, Nigeria and Africa at large, as her area of interest, with a passion to also transform lives and make positive impacts.

While announcing the winners of the 11th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Sahara Africa Programme, the Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences, Professor Nelson Torto, disclosed that the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the Foundation L’Oréal launched the ‘For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Programme’ in 2010.

According to him, both L’Oréal and UNESCO have since showcased 159 outstanding women scientists and 134 Young Talents at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

He noted that the purpose is to bring visibility to the achievements of women researchers and recognising their contribution to advancing scientific research to address today’s most pressing challenges.

He added that both bodies also support women researchers to pursue their research through grants of €10,000 for PhD students and €15,000 for post-doctorate.

The jury stated that the awardees were selected from 16 countries in the Sub-Saharan African region, adding that all the awardees had certain similarities which include excellence projects and the desire to contribute to igniting innovation on the African continent.
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Togetherness has Helped Us Thus Far – VC BOWEN

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the University so far. He stated this during the investiture of some key principal officers of the University on Wednesday 20 January,2020 .

Professor Ogunwole – Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University

Professor Ogunwole stated that “way before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, Bowen University had launched the smart School Hub (SsHUB) to effectively engage the students in productive academic activities anywhere they are. It was therefore easy to transit to online lecture delivery despite odds, while the pandemic and lock down lasted we were in session with continuous assessment and examinations for university wide courses effectively administered.

The inducted officers are Professor Ebenezer Oluwatosin Atobatele who was inducted as the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr Babatunde Adetona- Registrar and Mrs Aderonke Otunla as the University Librarian.

Professor Ebenezer Oluwatosin Atobatele – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University
Mr. Babatunde Adetona – Registrar, Bowen University
Mrs. Aderonke Otunla – University Librarian, Bowen University

Rev Dr Dickson Madogwhe , the Vice President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention charged them to turn their opportunities to a profitable one as they will in one day give account to God.

Rev. Dr. Dickson Madogwhe , the Vice President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention

The programme was attended by the Chancellor of the University Rev Dr M.A. Abodunrin, some Governing Council members, Senate members and other officials of the Baptist Convention.

Toba Adaramola

Head, Information & Public Relations

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School Resumption Agreement/Consent of Parents

The Directorate of Students’ Support Services wishes to inform students that a form titled Agreement/Consent of Parents is to be filled by parents and delivered at the school gate on resumption. Students are encouraged to kindly persuade their parents to fill this form before they travel to the University on Monday 18th January 2021 and Tuesday 19th January 2021, respectively. This is a vital condition for entrance into the University.

Students whose parents find it difficult to access the form online should kindly request for the form to be sent to them via WhatsApp platforms. This request could be made through the Student leaders otherwise known or referred to as BBSF Executives. The form is also in editable Microsoft document and PDF; and it is very easy to fill.

The form is aimed at achieving two things. First, it seeks the consent of parents in writing for their wards to resume school amidst the second wave of COVID-19.  It also captures relevant medical information on the student, especially in the last six months should there be a need to make timely decisions. Therefore, students are advised to ensure the form is truly filled by the Parents.

Regards.

Signed.

Dr. A.A. Aderibigbe

Director, Directorate of Students’ Support Services

student.support@bowen.edu.ng

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Private Institutions, Blessing In Disguise To Nigeria ― Bowen Best Graduating Medical Student

Dr. Olawuyi Damilola Akinola

Bowen University’s best graduating medical student, Dr Olawuyi Damilola Akinola, has described the emergence of private universities in the country as a blessing in disguise to the education system and its development process.

Dr Akinola made this remark recently after his official induction into the medical profession held at Bowen University recently, where he was adjudged as the overall best student in 2020 set in the university.

According to him, there are numerous benefits to studying in a private school. The most important advantage to him was the individual touch and close mentorship that is applied to teaching and learning in Bowen University.

He said: “I remember spending a whole semester in the University of Ibadan before I gained admission to Bowen and not a single lecturer knew my name or cared who I was. This is in sharp contrast to Bowen where the first day in class the lecturer asked for my name and subsequently engaged in an interactive discourse. This is particularly important as the personal touch and mentoring relationship that is abundant in private universities like Bowen might be what will motivate an average student to become exceptional. Several other advantages abound when you study in private universities such as a stable academic calendar as there’s no fear of strike and only the mighty coronavirus delayed our graduation.

“Indeed,  private universities are a blessing in disguise to Nigerian educational system: Victor Asemota an internationally acclaimed tech veteran once said and I paraphrase “Private universities are the only institutions saving Nigeria’s educational system from becoming totally abysmal. The private schools provide up-to-date curricula and incorporate invaluable entrepreneurship and leadership skills into the course work. This prepares students adequately for the job market. The only issue that arises with private tertiary institutions is the ever-rising astronomical fees that prevent the majority of the population from accessing them and puts an enormous financial burden on parents of students in these schools. Private universities should find a way to reconcile their fees with the prevailing economic situation in the country.

“Moreover, there is no difference in the course content and the knowledge and skills taught in both public and private medical schools as the MDCN strictly ensures that all medical schools in the country public or private meet the minimum standards obtainable internationally for medical education.  Although, the  difference is in the presence of a few micro sub-specialities and the larger patients  load found more commonly in public teaching hospitals that in a private setting.”

Dr Akinola declared that  Bowen University had helped him to gain a wholesome experience as a student, exposing him to highly professional lecturers who ensured and maintain a high educational standard. 

He expressed worry over the deteriorating state of public schools in the country, and he suggested that there should be an end to incessant strikes by ASUU.

According to him, the strikes have done a lot of havoc to the academic and social lives of  students than what ASUU can amend in a short time.”There should be a way that they can communicate their grievances to the government without unduly punishing students. I think if we solve the problem of ASUU and the FG our famed public schools can progressively return to their former glory,” he said.

Asked how a student could attain academic excellence he said: “my advice is that not everyone has to aim to be the best graduating student, just give a consistent effort to pass while maintaining a balanced life with extracurricular activities like entrepreneurship and student politics and you will be a happy and fulfilled student.

“However, if you wish to become the best, you must commit your ways to God and frequently seek his counsel and that of your seniors. You will also have to work tremendously hard and partner with your colleagues while maintaining other aspects of your life.”

Dr Akinola recommended that the government should improve budgetary spending on health and create a functional health insurance scheme that will benefit the majority of the population and save the sector from the problems of health financing that is ravaging  Nigeria health system.

“We have the skills to treat many ailments in Nigeria but the significant proportion of the population cannot afford or access it. We need to address our health insurance deficit to ensure fulfilment of SDG Good health and well-being for all. The structure of the NHIS needs to be revised and geared towards accommodating and financing health care for lower-income individuals who are the majority in Nigeria. Furthermore the umbrella of medical services that most NHIS plans cover needs to be expanded to allow people under the scheme to receive quality health care without having to suffer burdensome out of pocket expenditure on health.”

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He said: “I remember spending a whole semester in the University of Ibadan before I gained admission to Bowen and not a single lecturer knew my name or cared who I was. This is in sharp contrast to Bowen where the first day in class the lecturer asked for my name and subsequently engaged in an interactive discourse. This is particularly important as the personal touch and mentoring relationship that is abundant in private universities like Bowen might be what will motivate an average student to become exceptional. Several other advantages abound when you study in private universities such as a stable academic calendar as there’s no fear of strike and only the mighty coronavirus delayed our graduation.

“Indeed,  private universities are a blessing in disguise to Nigerian educational system: Victor Asemota an internationally acclaimed tech veteran once said and I paraphrase “Private universities are the only institutions saving Nigeria’s educational system from becoming totally abysmal. The private schools provide up-to-date curricula and incorporate invaluable entrepreneurship and leadership skills into the course work. This prepares students adequately for the job market. The only issue that arises with private tertiary institutions is the ever-rising astronomical fees that prevent the majority of the population from accessing them and puts an enormous financial burden on parents of students in these schools. Private universities should find a way to reconcile their fees with the prevailing economic situation in the country.

“Moreover, there is no difference in the course content and the knowledge and skills taught in both public and private medical schools as the MDCN strictly ensures that all medical schools in the country public or private meet the minimum standards obtainable internationally for medical education.  Although, the  difference is in the presence of a few micro sub-specialities and the larger patients  load found more commonly in public teaching hospitals that in a private setting.”

Dr Akinola declared that  Bowen University had helped him to gain a wholesome experience as a student, exposing him to highly professional lecturers who ensured and maintain a high educational standard. 

He expressed worry over the deteriorating state of public schools in the country, and he suggested that there should be an end to incessant strikes by ASUU.

According to him, the strikes have done a lot of havoc to the academic and social lives of  students than what ASUU can amend in a short time.”There should be a way that they can communicate their grievances to the government without unduly punishing students. I think if we solve the problem of ASUU and the FG our famed public schools can progressively return to their former glory,” he said.

Asked how a student could attain academic excellence he said: “my advice is that not everyone has to aim to be the best graduating student, just give a consistent effort to pass while maintaining a balanced life with extracurricular activities like entrepreneurship and student politics and you will be a happy and fulfilled student.

“However, if you wish to become the best, you must commit your ways to God and frequently seek his counsel and that of your seniors. You will also have to work tremendously hard and partner with your colleagues while maintaining other aspects of your life.”

Dr Akinola recommended that the government should improve budgetary spending on health and create a functional health insurance scheme that will benefit the majority of the population and save the sector from the problems of health financing that is ravaging  Nigeria health system.

“We have the skills to treat many ailments in Nigeria but the significant proportion of the population cannot afford or access it. We need to address our health insurance deficit to ensure fulfilment of SDG Good health and well-being for all. The structure of the NHIS needs to be revised and geared towards accommodating and financing health care for lower-income individuals who are the majority in Nigeria. Furthermore the umbrella of medical services that most NHIS plans cover needs to be expanded to allow people under the scheme to receive quality health care without having to suffer burdensome out of pocket expenditure on health.”

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500-level Medical Student Emerges Bowen Varsity One-Day VC

A 500-level MB,BS student, Master Mayomikun Olawale has emerged as one-day Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.

Bowen Varsity VC, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole and one-day VC, Olawale

Olawale beat Master Victor Adeyemo ( 500 Level MB,BS student and Master Barnabas Madoghwe (400 Level Law student) as first runner-up and second runner-up respectively.

Olawale, who acted as VC on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, enjoyed all the paraphernia of office  of the Vice-Chancellor, including collection of allowances, presiding over the Senate and other privileges.

According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university, Mr. Toba Daramola, “the One-day Vice-Chancellor contest was in fulfillment of the commitment of the University as seen in her vision, mission and core values, which are presented as:

“Vision:To be a foremost Christian institution of excellence – building God-fearing leaders, defining the future.

“Mission:Creating a conducive and dynamic teaching, learning and research environment that equips our graduates with Christ-like character, positive attitude and sterling leadership qualities.

“Core Values:(i) Godliness (ii) Excellence (iii) Entrepreneurship; (iv) Innovation; and (v) Social Responsibility”.

Olawale performing functions of VC

Speaking further, Daramola said:”In deepening the Vice-Chancellor’s agenda towards student-centred learning, mentoring and integration, there was a call for a One-day Vice-Chancellorship contest amongst students.

“The platform provides an opportunity for students of Bowen University from 300-Level and above to vie for the position of the Vice-Chancellor, making way for students’ participation in University administration.

“The successful applicant will have full responsibility of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for one-day (24 hours) as well as the paraphernalia of office”.

Speaking on how the one-day VC emerged, the university’s image maker said:”One thing that many observers of the one-day “ceremony” might be unaware is the enormous amount of labour (sweat and blood) that went into the project. Beyond the one-day event, there were series of considerations starting from the planning, prequalification and qualification stages.

“A call was made with conditions based on current academic and moral standings. Then a computer-based test on leadership, local knowledge and the like. Afterwards, a book review and other selection criteria. Finally, there was an election. But for the effect of COVID-19, there were other stages, such as Internship in partnership with Stutern and EduBridge Academy and interactions with industry leaders.

“A week to the assumption of office saw a series of training and interactions with leaders on campus, including all Principal Officers as well as the Vice-Chancellor”.

He added:”All these were put together to ensure that Bowen University raises godly and excellent leaders of today who define the future. Management’s dream and pursuit is the building of character and excellence in students who from today will define our tomorrow”.

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Leadership Training: Bowen VC Vacates Office For One-Day Student Vice-Chancellor To Administer

Prof Joshua Ogunwole ,VC Bowen during the handover exercise to Mr Olawale Mayomikun the ”One day VC”

Bowen University’s administration style took a new dimension last Wednesday when the  Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor  Joshua Ogunwole vacated his office for an elected student to take over the administration of the university as an acting Vice-Chancellor of the Ivory Tower for one day.

At the official presentation of the elected student for the post,  Mayomikun  Olawale a 400L, Medicine and Surgery to assume the mantle of the  Vice Chancellorship of the institution for 24 hours,  the Head, Information, Protocol and Public Relations,  Honorable   Adaramola  Toba stated that the Vice-Chancellor’s agenda towards student-centred learning, mentoring and integration, informed the introduction of the  One-day Vice-Chancellorship contest among the students by the Vice-Chancellor. 

According to him, the platform provided an opportunity for students of the university from 300 Level and above with not less than 4. 0 CGPA to vie for the position.

He said: “Many students from all the colleges in the institution who met the entry criteria applied for the contest.  Aside from their current academic and moral standings, they were engaged in series of computer-based test on leadership, book review and other selection criteria before the final election by the students, which saw  Mayomikun  Olawale as an overall winner of the keen elections.

“But for the effect of COVID-19, there were other stages, such as Internship in partnership with Stutern and Edu-Bridge Academy and interactions with industry leaders.

“A week to the assumption of office  Olawale went through a series of training and interactions with leaders on campus including all the  Principal Officers and the Vice-Chancellor himself.

“All these were put together to ensure that Bowen University raises godly and excellent leaders of today who define the future. Management’s dream has been is the building of character and excellence in students who from today will define our tomorrow.  The top three contestants were Olawale, Mayomikun a 400 Level MBBS, Adeyemo Victor a  400 Level MBBS student, came second while Madoghwe Barnabas a 400 Level Law student, came third in the election.  

According to him, the vision was conceived during the first semester of the 2019/2020 session and on  December 2, 2020, after  eight months of screening exercises, he was announced as the first-ever Student-Vice Chancellor elect.

His words: “It was a memorable day for me and a truly thrilling experience. I appreciate the management and students of this great institution for the wonderful opportunity to serve and learn. Worthy of mention is my firsthand experience with leadership and management at the top level. I was privileged to put in practice all I have learnt over the years, and also during the seven days of preparation for university governance.

“As the Vice-Chancellor, I presided over a meeting with Principal officers of the university, during which important management decisions were made. I interacted with members of the Bowen Community, present at the university worship centre and chaired a Special Senate meeting, where key issues were discussed and resolved. I met with representatives of the Student Body and 100L students who are just settling into campus life. In general, I was challenged and my intellectual capabilities were put to test.

“This experience has taught me a lot as a young leader. The coaching and mentoring will remain evergreen in my memory. One notable lesson is that leadership is no avenue to flaunt authority or lord it over subordinates. Leadership is service; Authentic leadership is measured by the number of people one serves. A true leader’s desire is not to shine but to accept responsibility and achieve results. Another important lesson I learnt is that a leader does not work in isolation; a strong team makes a strong leader! It is important to provide one’s team with a feeling of oneness, inter-dependence and of strength to be derived by unity. As Professor Joshua Ogunwole advised me, “Don’t take your subordinates for granted; don’t look down on anyone; respect everyone! Make them know you love them.”

“Being the Vice-Chancellor for a day changed my viewpoint about several things, particularly the intricate workings of the university system. I had always believed that the Vice-Chancellor had the final say in every university matter but I learnt that He is only first among equals. I thought to myself, ‘Be careful about wrong perceptions. Don’t stand on the table of perception especially if you don’t see the entire picture.’

“This is truly a remarkable moment in my life and I would love to appreciate my wonderful parents, Dr and Mrs Olawale, and my siblings for all their support and care. I also appreciate my friends and wonderful colleagues. It would be a blatant lie if I said I did this alone. I appreciate all members of staff of Bowen University, and all students for their cooperation, support and love. I especially appreciate Professor Joshua Ogunwole (Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University) and Dr Femi Oladele for mentoring me to become a better and great leader. I cannot end this without special thanks to my amazing colleagues and teammates, Victor Adeyemo and Barnabas Madoghwe. There would be no feat to celebrate if not for you.

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