It is my pleasure to welcome you to Yaba College of Technology, the cradle of higher education in Nigeria. Yaba College of Technology was established in 1947 as an immediate successor to Yaba Higher College. It attained autonomous status in 1969 by virtue of Decree 23 which granted it the mandate to provide full time and part-time courses of instruction and training in technology, applied science, commerce and management and in such other fields of applied learning relevant to the needs of the development of Nigeria in the areas of industrial and agricultural production and distribution; and for research in the development and adaptation of techniques.
Yaba College of Technology is structured into eight schools and thirty-four academic departments with a total of sixty-four accredited programmes, which cut across the ND, HND and Post-HND Levels. The college also offers certificate courses.
YABATECH as the college is popularly called also offers B.Sc (Ed) courses in Technical and Vocational Education and Post Graduates Diploma in Engineering. The two programmes are run in conjunction with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Federal University of Technology, Akure, respectively. The present student population is about 15,000, while the total staff strength is about 1,600.
The 21st century poses many challenges to all human endeavours. Institutions of higher learning, particularly technology-oriented institutions, are faced with the challenges of meeting the human resources demands of this age of technological explosion. Thus, Yaba College of Technology has found it necessary to re-position itself to meet these challenges. In this regard, it is our abiding vision to be the leading higher institution in Nigeria, in providing first rate academic, professional and entrepreneurial education for the purpose of making a positive impact in the technological and socio-economic development of the country. Towards, the actualization of this, the college has set for itself, the mission of producing knowledgeable and innovative graduates, worthy in skill and character through effective teaching and research for technological advancement of Nigeria.
Yaba College of Technology is the first higher institution in Nigeria to establish a full-fledged centre for Entrepreneurship Development, with strong linkages with the world of commerce and industry. The centre offers compulsory courses which must be taken by all students throughout their stay in the college.
There is a Quality Assurance Unit in the college which aims at bringing the concept of quality control and assurance in academic service delivery to the consciousness of both staff and students. The unit was established because of the college management’s belief that every aspect of academic activity must be measured to standards comparable to the best in the world.
There is also the Applied Research and Technology Innovation (ARTI) Unit. This unit was established to promote research and linkages with relevant private sector organizations, particularly macro, small and medium enterprises for the exploitation and use of research for development. ARTI also assists to promote linkages between students of Yabatech and students of other institutions especially in the area of research.
From inception to date Yaba College of Technology has continued to provide enabling environment for the achievement of academic excellence. The lecture rooms and laboratories are well equipped. Free medical service is provided at the Medical centre, which is open round the clock, sports facilities are also provided and student’s are encouraged to participate in sports, which is a positive way of channeling youthful energy. The college is acknowledged for its sporting process, having won the Nigerian Polytechnic Games a record five times out of sixteen editions of the competition.
The college has a second campus at Epe. The campus is presently home to the Department of Agricultural Technology and Michael Otedola Information and Communication Centre.
In acceptance of the pivotal role that higher education plays in national development, Yaba College of Technology has embarked on a number of far-reaching initiatives designed to enhance the realization of its vision in the context of current and future needs of Nigeria. It is expected that these and other activities shall sustain Yaba College of Technology as a leader in tertiary education in Nigeria in the years to come.