WELCOME TO AFE BABALOLA INTERNATIONAL STUDY CENTRE (ABISC)
FROM THE DESK OF THE FOUNDER/PROPRIETOR
Aare Afe Babalola (OFR, CON, SAN, FCI.ARB, FNIALS, LL.D)
My poor background and very humble beginning has been the primary motivation to give my life to the total service of humanity. I have seen poverty; lived in it and experienced it but I overcame it. Therefore I cannot turn my back against those who are struggling through what I experienced before becoming what I am today.
As a former Pro-Chancellor, University of Lagos, and as the best Pro-Chancellor in Nigeria for two consecutive years, I saw with my own eyes the decay in the nation’s university system, the poor delivery of quality education and the non existence of teaching and learning facilities. Also, I am concerned with the large number of applicants denied admission to universities each year.
The need therefore arises not only to widen access to tertiary education but also improve on the quality of university intake. All these put together, I felt the strong need to bring a new thought by a dynamic and practical approach to change the face of university education delivery.
With God on my side who has always made the impossibility possible, I launched Afe Babalola University in 2009. The University opened with three pioneering colleges but now has five colleges namely; College of Law, College of Social and Management Sciences, College of Sciences, College of Medical Sciences and College of Engineering with over 6000 students’ population. All the 47 programmes run by the University have full accreditation by the relevant Authorities and Professional Bodies.
In 2009 and 2010, just about the time Afe Babalola University was opened, I observed a failure rate of 74.01% and 76.64% respectively in the West African Examination Council results and wanted to do something most urgently to ameliorate the failure rate and increase access to tertiary education.
This led to the establishment of Afe Babalola International Study Centre Ibadan in 2010 as a remedial school that provides for the educational weakness and inadequacies of students who are denied admission to higher institutions. The establishment of a world class Continuing Education Centre designed to give hope to the hopeless and make tertiary education accessible to all. The Centre started with only four students in 2010 but now has enrolled almost 1000 students since inception.
I am very proud and satisfied that since the school has been established it has been part of the fulfillment of my vision and dream, the results have been speaking loud and have justified my motivation for the establishment of the school.
With the quantum of modern facilities, laboratories and qualified teachers in the Centre, Afe Babalola International Study Centre is a veritable launching pad to many students seeking admission to any university worldwide.
I therefore welcome you to Afe Babalola International Study Centre, Ibadan, the city of hope, intellectuality, excellence and quality education.
FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK
Dr. A.O Ajayi B.Sc Econ, MPA Ed.D (JP) FNCILGPA
We are witnessing an age when failure rate in most public examinations are on the increase, people’s outcry getting louder each time, yet no solution to the nightmare “mass failure in public examinations”. While parents are determined to give their wards the right education, they are confused, bewildered, and asking which way forward? The recently-released UTME result had revealed that only 37% scored above 180 points.
As part of the different measures that could reduce this problem, Aare Afe Babalola, (always on his crusader trail of quality education delivery) established Afe Babalola International Study Centre (ABISC) in 2010 with the following objectives:
- to enhance students’ chances of meeting the basic requirement that always stand as a stumbling block to their university admission particularly UTME, WAEC, NECO, etc
- to provide an avenue of stimulating and challenging ambition that has been dampened, having previously failed these examinations.
- to increase access to tertiary education both at 100 and 200Levels.
- to add value to the entry qualification of university intakes.
- to save time on the part of students and cost on the part of parents, particularly those who are aspiring for 200Level admission.
In order to achieve these objectives, our programmes have been thoroughly structured and the academic content of each of them adequately designed to ensure an effective learning process that can justify a judicious and successful use of the one academic session each of the programme lasts.
Within the short period of existence, Afe Babalola International Study Centre (ABISC) had impacted lives and has given hope to quite a number of students who had lost hope in university admission. Apart from recording over 95% transition rate to university across the nation each year, we mentor the performances and progress of our students in their respective universities and have discovered that at graduation some of them even make First Class degree.
Since the advent of JUPEB, over 500 students have sat and passed the prescribed examinations conducted in about 15 universities nationwide. Direct entry admission into 200Level in all Nigerian universities has been made possible and easier. Students who in the past had given up on their dreams, and who would have become drug addicts have realised that they could reclaim their lost glories through this initiative. Parents and guardians who at some point considered sending their wards overseas to access tertiary education are now finding solace at Afe Babalola International Study Centre Ibadan (ABISC) and rejoicing today.
Our mission here is to give students the opportunity to excel morally and in their academic pursuit. Afe Babalola International Study Centre is the way, the hope and the means to a brighter future
Our school facilities
Afe Babalola International Study Centre, Ibadan provides teachers and students with an attractive and functional learning environment.
Information Communication Technology Centre
The Information Technology Centre is fully equipped with a multimedia presentation area, GRE, TOEFL, SAT classrooms complete with Information technology resources and a server room that regulates all Locally Networked Computing units. Students are able to build a great range of new technology through this facility.
There are three science laboratories in Afe Babalola International Study Centre, Ibadan for the teaching of science subjects.
The Chemistry Laboratory
The chemistry laboratory is equipped with all materials and reagents that enhance the teaching of the subject. Ranging from simple computerized weighing balance, to series of chemical reagents for quantitative and volumetric analysis
The Biology Laboratory
The Biology Laboratory prepares students for future studies in Medicine, Anatomy and Human Physiology. Students are taught how to dissect live specimen in order to understand animal and plant physiology, students are made to use laboratory models to understand animal and plant anatomy, avian, canine and human skeletal system as well as studies in food test and analysis.
The physics Laboratory
The physics laboratory makes the teaching of the subject easy for students to understand and assimilate ordinary classroom work. Through regular and consistent exposure of students to practical classes in electricity and waves, resistivity and elasticity, simple pendulum and motion, students who in the past had a vague understanding and phobia for physics, are now friendly with the concepts and theorems of the subject matter.
The Library in Afe Babalola International Study Centre, Ibadan has over 10,000 e-books which could be accessed from the comfort of the hostel facilities. Students are allowed to use the library for their studies, home work and term paper research. The library is so well stocked with books in all field of study and annually, new reference materials get added to the current collections of materials
There are separate hostel facilities for male and female students. The hostels have facilities, for 2 beds, 4 beds and 6 beds depending on the choice of bed space of every student. There are no single room facilities for security reasons. All hostels are equipped with electricity supply from the national grid, standby generators and inverters for electricity supply. Apart from electricity supply, each hostel facility has an industrial borehole for water supply, all floors and rooms have adequate toilet facilities and bathrooms, solid waste disposal facilities and above all well trained, efficient and cautious security personnel's.
The class room facility in Afe Babalola International Study Centre is a productive environment in which students can develop the skills they will require in the workplace and teachers are facilitators of their learning. The focus of the classroom is on students experiencing the environment they will enter as modern day workers and developing their higher order thinking skills, effective communication skills, collaboration skills, making them adept with using technology and all other skills that they will need in the 21st century workplace.
The educational practices of the traditional classroom are no longer effective and teachers in ABISC have develop new teaching strategies that are radically different from those employed in the traditional classrooms. The modern day classroom is more centered on students and teachers take the role of facilitators and guides instead of being mere providers of knowledge. They ensure that they engage students in learning and provide effective instructions using a variety of instructional methods and following different approaches aided with technology.
Both teaching and non teaching Staff were carefully selected under the leadership of a seasoned administrator and Director of the school to ensure that the dream of the Founder to reform the face of education in Nigeria is fulfilled. All academic staff have a minimum of masters degree, a number of academic staff have Ph.D. Staff members undergo regular training and retraining on new and more efficient approaches to sustain the academic success records and achievements of the institution.