Prof. Ayobami T. Salami

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Pioneer VC | First Technical University Ibadan

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Prof. Ayobami Salami
Prof. Ayobami T. Salami
Pioneer VC | First Technical University Ibadan

Like the proverbial white pap that evolves from the black pot, Professor Ayobami Salami hails from a humble background. Today, however, he is one of the leading lights that not only Ibadan – his darling hometown – and entire Oyo State are proud of, but also an iconic brand of national and global proportion.

After consolidating the promises of childhood and surmounting the challenges of the epoch, he set his feet on the noble path of scholarship, where he has raised thousands of successful students and impacted the world through functional research, revolutionary policy formulation and development as well as visionary leadership. He is currently consolidating these at the First Technical University, Ibadan, where he is leading a team raising new future leaders with entrepreneurial, vocational and creative edge.

An old student of St. Paul Anglican Primary School, Latunde Village in Oluyole Local Government Area of Oyo State; and Lagelu Grammar School, Ibadan, Professor Salami was appointed the Pioneer Vice-chancellor of Nigeria’s premier Technical University, First Technical University, Ibadan in May 2017. He became a Professor of Environmental Science, at the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in 2003. He was the Pioneer Head of Environmental Science, University of the Gambia, The Gambia (2000-2001); the Director, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies, OAU (2006-2010); Senior Research Advisor, Health, Safety and Environment, Corporate Environment Department, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Port Harcourt (2010-2011); and Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic), OAU (2011-2016).

He was the Project Manager, the World Bank-sponsored Centre of Excellence (CoEx) in Software Engineering: Science & Technology Education at Post-Basic Levels (STEPB) Project OAU, from 2011-2013 and the Centre Leader, World Bank-sponsored African Centre of Excellence on ICT-Driven Knowledge Park from 2014 to 2016. He has coordinated many multi-disciplinary projects for several national, regional and international organisations. He was the Programme Coordinator (West and Central Africa), for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)-sponsored International Training Programme on Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education, in 2008; and Consultant to UNEP for the Terminal Evaluation of Project GEF/GFL-2328-2770-4889 on Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Trans-Boundary Areas Between Nigeria and Niger in 2010. He was the Nigerian Principal Investigator for the IDRC Multi-country Research Project (N°:105714– 001) on The Practice of Ethics in Health and Environmental Research in Africa from 2010-2013. He also coordinated the Nigerian capacity building component of the EU-sponsored project on Monitoring of Environment for Security in Africa (MESA) from 2014-2017.

Professor Salami has obtained numerous grants from several organisations such as the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja; Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Ecological Fund Office, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, The Presidency, Abuja; the National Centre for Remote Sensing, Jos; International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands; International Secretariat of System Analysis for Research and Training-International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Washington D.C.; UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy; Ramboll Natura AB, Sweden; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM), Japan among others.

He has also had teaching and research experience at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and at the Natural Resources Department, International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands. Professor salami has been an Eisenhower Fellow since 2009.

It is this robust profile that gives stakeholders the conviction that Professor Ayobami Salami will lead the First Technical University to the top. The institution is, indeed, unique not only because it is a pioneer in its area of specialisation, but also because of its corrective orientation. The Tech-U is bold, resolute but pragmatic in terms of the core vision of bridging the skill gaps that exist in the country’s educational system.

The Vice Chancellor recently put this in perspective thus: “Far from being another factory of job-seekers, we are a nurturing ground for entrepreneurs, those who really make the difference in the life of a nation. Our ultimate dream is to become a world-class institution as soon as possible. The hallmarks of a world-class university include a pious commitment to its vision and mission, compelling scholarship on the part of its staff, high-quality research, inspiring deployment and engagement of technology as well as the production of future leaders in all sectors.

“The Tech-U is one which will be propelled into a top-flight institution by the virtue of the innovative ideas. We have set our feet on this great path, but we must not falter. For instance, at present, we teach with the best technology; we must therefore continue to develop high-quality materials. And, as technology continues to evolve, we must strive to keep abreast of it.

“As a university where graduates are strategically prepared for the transition from education to the world of work, the Tech-U will breed future investors and successful businessmen and women. We will help in reducing unemployment and engendering self actualisation by producing premium quality graduates who will fit into the industry if they choose to take up jobs or be at the forefront as well-rounded entrepreneurs. The dream is that of a university that we can rely on, to produce self-reliant graduates who will be job creators.

“Our dream citadel is the one whose graduates will be great thinkers, researchers and innovators. Nigeria boasts many universities and has produced graduates in their millions but where are our innovations and inventions? This is another major gap that our students should be groomed to bridge.”

My Profile

Erudite Professor | Exceptional Administrator | Grant Master



Ph.D. (1996)

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Specialised in Space Applications and Landuse/Natural Resources Management.


PGD (1990) - Remote Sensing Applications/GIS

African Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys

Training in Environmental Data Generation/Handling and Geographic Information System (GIS).


M.Sc. (1989)

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Specialised in Landuse and Natural Resources Management.


B.Sc. (Hons.) (1986) - Second Class Upper Division

University of Ife, Ile-Ife

Basic training in Geographic Science and Regional Development.

Distinctions and Awards


Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship, Philadelphia, USA.


Visiting Scientist Award, System Analysis for Research and Training (START) – International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Washington DC, USA


UNDP Fellowship Award


Obafemi Awolowo University Postgraduate Fellowship Award


Oluseyi Lafadeju Prize for the best graduating student in Urban and Regional Planning Courses in the Department of Geography, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University)

Work Experience

May 2017 - May 2022
First Technical University, Ibadan, Nigeria

Vice Chancellor

2011 - 2016
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic)

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Port- Harcourt, Nigeria

Senior Research Advisor

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Corporate Environment Department

October-December, 2004 & 2005
International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands

Visiting Scientist

Department of Natural Resources

1st October, 2003 till date
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Visiting Scholar

Department of Geography

2000- 2001
University of The Gambia, The Gambia

Pioneer Head of Department of Environmental Science

Department of Geography

Administrative Skills




Human Resource Management


Academics Skills


Prolific Writer


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA)
  • African Forestry Forum (AFF)
  • African Association of Remote Sensing of Environment (AARSE).
  • Environmental Information System-Africa (EIS-Africa)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Association for Project Management (APM)
  • West African Research and Innovation Management Association, (WARIMA)


5 Years Journey Snapshots

The National Universities Commission (NUC) ranked First Technical University as the 7th Best State University and 27th Best University in Nigeria in its 2021 ranking of Nigerian Universities.

The first set of students (all from the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences) were graduated at the record time.

All graduated students were successfully mobilized and enlisted for the mandatory National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC).

Payment of staff salaries on or before 24th of every month since inception of the University.

Promotion of deserving staff as and when due.

Establishment of an endowment account for the University.

Provision of scholarships (full and partial scholarships) to many students through the intervention of the Oyo State Government and all the Local Governments in the state, as well as the Josephus Foundation.

Building state-of-the-arts Engineering Workshop and Laboratory as well as hostels and lecture theatres through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Establishment of the First Technical University Advanced Academy (the University’s Primary and Secondary Schools).

Tech-U Advanced Academy emerged Champion of the Oyo State Spelling Bee Competition and emerged runner-up at the national level in the year 2021.

Registration of the University’s first patent within the first two years of operation.

Provision of transport facilities for staff to and from the University Campus.

Signing of collaborative agreements with several national and international institutions.

Fabrication of two prototype ventilators for COVID-19 treatment and production of usable face masks during the pandemic.

Running an uninterrupted academic session in a year that COVID-19 and strike disrupted activities in most Nigerian universities.

Hosting of the Hult Prize Pitch in Nigeria.

A Tech-U student emerged as a finalist in the International Breweries Kickstart Business Plan Competition, for which 17,000 people applied.

All Tech-U students are proficient in one technical skill/vocation or the other.

Some Tech-U students have their registered start-ups already.

Tech-U students produced the paint for use in the University and also engaged for several University building painting jobs.

Organized Collaborative Training with the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja for retooling Technical and Vocational Education Teachers across the Country.

Organized empowerment training for Niger Delta Youth under the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta.

Developed an electronic product called Tech-U E-Examination Solution (TEES). The process of commercializing it has commenced, with the efforts to secure a patent for it.

Produced the 2019 winner of the Miss Intellect Universe.

The University that started with just two buildings donated by the Central Bank of Nigeria, now has several other edifices built through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and interventions by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

The first Strategic Plan of the institution for the period 2022-2026 has now been developed and approved by Senate and already being implemented.

Some Staff members of the University won 3 significant research grants within the first two years with a combined worth of over four hundred and fifty thousand Euros (€450,000).

Tech-U won a £30,000 grant on Partnership for Enhanced Blended Learning in West Africa (PEBL-WA) to develop modules on artificial intelligence for the entire West Africa Sub-Region.


VC Speech & Presentations

Address of The Vice Chancellor to the Congregation at its Convocation
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Functional Education – Towards an Emancipatory Learning for National Growth (FETELNG 2021)
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Saving our Schools from Moral Decadence in the Internet Age
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VC CONVOCATION SPEECH 2020-2021 Academic Session
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VC MATRICULATION SPEECH 2019-2020 Academic Session
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VC MATRICULATION SPEECH 2020-2021 Academic Session
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VC MATRICULATION SPEECH 2021-2022 Academic Session
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Welcome to Tech-U Distinguised University Lecture (Prof Ayobami SALAMI).ppt
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    News & Events

    Technical University as a game changer – (II)
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    Why graduates of Technical University, Ibadan will never be jobless – VC
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    Tech-U Will Run On Curricula Drawn By Academics, Industry Experts – Salami
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    Technical University Ibadan’s VC In First Official Outing, Delivers Keynote Address At Ekiti State ‘Varsity
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    Our graduates won’t search for jobs – VC, Technical University
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    Oyo Awards Scholarship To Best WASSCE Students, Launches ETF
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    Technical University to commence academic activities in January
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    Technical University admits first set of students
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    Tech-U: One Year of Innovative Education
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    VC highlights achievements as Technical University matriculates 184
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    Association of Liberian Universities (ALU)
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    At The Technical University Ibadan, We Don’t Intend To Turn Out Graduates Who Will Roam The Streets Looking For Jobs – VC, Prof Salami
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    Tech-U VC Charges New Students To “Be Open To Learning”
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    Students must do problem-solving projects, not theses –Tech-U VC
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    In pursuit of functional education
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    Tech-U students to finish at American varsity
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    Technical education and a nation at developmental crossroads
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    ‘At Tech-U, We Want To Produce Wizards, Not Geniuses’
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    Towards workable university-industry linkage
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    Tech-U’ll address knowledge, skill gaps, says Prof Salami
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    Tech-U graduates to become job creators as varsity partners GAU
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    Niger Delta Affairs Ministry Trains 154 Youths At Tech-U
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    Look beyond entertainers for mentors, VC tells youths
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    Tech Varsity Trains Youths In Skills Acquisition
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    Ajimobi and Tech-U | Femi Macaulay
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    Oyo partners Tech-U to train 100 youths in vocational skills in Ibadan
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    Tech-U graduates 100 trainees in system security
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    Tag: #Tech-U shines in latest Webometric ranking
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    Moving cheese and challenges of Nigeria’s educational system
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    Tech-U Holds Second Matriculation, to Appoint Professors of Practice
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    Benchmarking Nigerian universities for impact
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    Tech-U signs MoU with Festo Didactic
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    Tech-U trains Libya returnees, Niger Delta youths
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    US-Based Don Charges Tech-U To Lead Nigeria’s Technological Revolution
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    Tech-U will receive my necessary support – Makinde
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    TECH-U’s disruptive model right for Nigeria, says VC
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    Makinde pledges support for Oyo Tech varsity
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    Tech-U Signs Collaborative Agreement with Girne American Varsity, Cyprus
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    Tech-U signs agreement
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