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The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife, was established by Dr. Ramon A. Adedoyin in 1984. It started as Universal Tutorial College, Ile-Ife, providing basic remedial studies for candidates sitting for Ordinary and Advanced Level, External examinations. It recorded so great a success that by late 80s it had become a household name in the Oyo State.
It was later registered as a centre for Technology adding to its list, the provision of Trade Tests in Technical Education, Automobile Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Secretarial Studies. It also tutored candidates sitting for professional examinations like: CIBN, ICAN and NIMARK among others.
The real journey to becoming a full-fledged Polytechnic started with an affiliation to the University of Benin to run Diploma Programmes in Marketing, Business Administration, Law, Accounting etc. Later, it established a similar relationship with The Polytechnic, Ibadan. With the enactment of Decree 9 of 1983, which gives individuals, corporate organizations etc, the right to establish Polytechnics, Universities, and The College sought and got approval from Federal Government, after which series of visits were made by National Board for Technical Education (N.B.T.E.) accreditation team to assess the facilities of the College.
The visits finally paid off as the College finally got full approval to run a Polytechnic Education. Late Dr. Tai Solarin once visited the Universal College of Technology (now the Polytechnic, Ile-Ife) during a graduation ceremony. He was so impressed that he made certain statements. Below are some of his comments:
“The Rector Sir, I want to congratulate Nigerians and you on the existence of the College, it is going to become a University. I will live the rest of my life and die for education in Nigeria”.
Unless education becomes free, universal and compulsory, I will continue to have my legs showing till I die.
In line with NBTE’s report/recommendation and to meet popular demand, the institution applied through NBTE to the Federal Ministry of Education for a change of name from Universal College of Technology to The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife. The approval of the Honourable Minister of Education for the change of name was conveyed in a letter dated September 2009. With this approval this institution is now known as The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife. The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife has the approval of the Federal Government of Nigeria, located in a serene environment conducive to smooth academic activities, the institution is listed in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Brochure (PCE) as one of the private Polytechnics in Nigeria. The Polytechnic has affiliations, collaborations with other tertiary institutions i.e. students from our Polytechnic to study in other Universities and Polytechnics. The Polytechnic has an array of qualified and experienced lecturers on full-time and part-time basis. The institution has up-to-date facilities for learning and culture ranging from Library, Audio-..., editing room, Graphic Arts room, Photo Laboratory, Machine and Tools Lab., Electrical In... Hostels etc. There are Hostels facilities for both Male and female students. All the hostels are in the vicinityof the institution. However, students are responsible for their own feeding.