University Advancement Centre

The Centres Duties are structured under three (3) main activities:

1. Fundraising Activities

2. Alumni Relations Activities

3. Collaborations and Partnerships

1. Fundraising Activities

The “Meet and Greet” Programme: The “Meet and Greet” programme takes the Centre to all Boards of Studies in the University to sensitize and mobilize Schools and Departments on initiation and utilization of collaborations and linkages; preparation of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), fundraising and Alumni relations partnerships. It also helps to call the attention of staff to good student-staff relationships as the students of today are our alumni of tomorrow. The programme is to enable the Centre coordinate fundraising activities in the campus to avoid donor fatigue.

Advancement Lecture: The Centre organized its first annual “Advancement Lecture” on Friday, 24th May, 2013 titled “University Advancement Services: Past, Present and the Future”. The Guest Speaker was Mrs. Ronke Ajibola, former Director of Advancement Office, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. In 2014, it was converted to Advancement Services Training Workshop started with In-house Training Workshop for both Academic and Non-academic staff of the University. It covers Fundraising, Alumni Relations, Collaborations and Partnership. It has helped to coordinate fundraising and alumni activities in all Schools and departments, and become an annual event with the aim of building fundraising and Alumni relations volunteers among the staff.

(Group photograph of participants at the 4th Advancement-In-House Training Workshop)

The 4th series of the Advancement In-House Training Workshop was held on Wednesday, 18th and Thursday, 19th October, 2017, Academic and Non-Academic staff of the University were nominated by their various Departments, Units, and Centres within the University to participate in the Training. The training was to update technicalities and operations in Fundraising, Alumni Relations, and Alumni Based Collaborations and Partnerships, the use and effects of Social Media in the three major areas, Including Proposal writing format and techniques.

Tree Planting Programme: The 2nd Tree Planting Programme tagged “FUTA Greening” was organized by the Centre on Tuesday, 14th August, 2012 to observe the United Nations Environmental Day. It was used to improve the beautification and greening of FUTA environment. The occasion was also used to honour some notable individuals in the community in recognition of their contributions to environmental development. The award was tagged “FUTA Greening Ambassadors”. The awardees were Barrister Ifedayo Adams Adedipe Esq. SAN, and Mr. Pius Olaiya Ayodele. The 3rd FUTA Greening programme was organized on Friday 14th June, 2013 titled “Tree planting improves the quality of air in the environment and reduces pollution”. Senator Gbenga Kaka and Mr. Taiye Haruna were honoured with “FUTA Greening Ambassadors”. The Advancement Centre is planning to sustain FUTA Greening.

Stewardship: It is one of the major mandates of Advancement Centre to play stewardship role on behalf of the University to all Board members and University benefactors. This is done annually during Christian and Muslim festivals and the end of year/new year festivities to show and express the University’s appreciation and encourage them to be continually giving their time, talent and treasure to the University.

2. Alumni Relations Activities

FUTA Alumni-In-Diaspora Re-Union: The first re-union took place in the United Kingdom on 25th of August, 2012. The former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Biyi Daramola and the former Director of the University Advancement Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Funke Oyebade attended the programme. It was the first of its kind in the history of FUTA Alumni Association. The 2nd FUTA Alumni-in-Diaspora was organized and held at Westin Hotel in Maryland, United States of America. The Centre was able to reach FUTA Alumni-in-diaspora working and residing in USA, UK, Canada, France and Australia at the reunion organized in Maryland, USA on 31st August and 1st September, 2015. The former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi G. Daramola and former Director of University Advancement Centre, Prof. ‘Bayo Aborisade and Chief Development/ Alumni Officer, Mr. Enock Ajayi were present to grace the occasion and to engage with FUTA Alumni on the current developments in their Alma-mater and its future programmes so that they can contribute their quota to the University’s development and educational sustainability. Through the mobilization and sensitization process of the Centre, the 3rd FUTA Alumni-in-Diaspora was held in Canada from 4th to 6th August, 2017. It is a core mandate of the Centre to encourage the establishment of many branches in diaspora for the University development as Alumni-in-diaspora are mobilizing resources to the University annually.

Alumni Hall of Fame: On Friday, 23rd November, 2012, FUTA Alumni “Hall of Fame” was organized by the Centre in honour of FUTA Alumni who have made remarkable impact in their chosen professions. It was also used for re-union to gather all past students’ union executives and Alumni Association executives at national, branches and chapters levels for the development of the University. Other Alumni of high net worth were fully recognized and were given awards.

3. Collaborations and Partnerships

Memorandum of Understanding with the University of South Africa: Centre signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of South Africa (UNISA) in 2016 to train Advancement Officers in Nigeria for all Higher Education institutions with FUTA as the training hub. The MoU covers collaborations and partnerships in Advancement Services, fundraising and alumni relations, staff exchange, international conference and joint resources mobilization. Centre is awaiting the response of UNISA for the proposed international Advancement services training to be hosted in FUTA.