Adebowale Emerges As UI VC


Adebowale Emerges As UI VC

Professor Kayode Adebowale of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI).

Adebowale was first appointed as the institution’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) by the Council in June 2018 and re-appointed for a second term in June 2020.

Born on January 11, 1962 in Ibadan, the new Vice Chancellor attended the University of Ibadan for his first, second and third degrees, respectively.


The new Vice Chancellor was employed as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Chemistry in 1987, and was promoted to the professorial cadre in 2006.

Adebowale held many administrative positions and served on several committees of the university, including Examinations Officer, Department of Chemistry, 2003-2005; and Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of Chemistry, 2000 – 2002.

Other positions he held are Sub-Dean (Postgraduate), Faculty of Science, 2002-2004; Dean, Faculty of Science, 2009-2011; Member, Committee of Provosts and Deans, 2009-2011; Member Committee on the Appointment of Emeritus Professors, 2012 to date.

The new Vice Chancellor was Convener, Investigative Panel on the Determination of the Class of Degree of two students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, 2013 and the Director, Special Duties, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, between 2015 and 2016.

Professor Adebowale has won several awards and distinctions: Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Science, FAS 2012; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria, FICCON and Research Fellow, Alexandra von Humboldt Foundation, Germany 1996 to date.

Others included Regular Associate, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, (ICTP) Trieste, Italy, 2003-2006; recipient, International Foundation for Science (IFS) Grant, 2002-2004; and recipient, African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental Scientific Award for Science, Technology and Innovation, 2013.

He has also supervised many B.Sc projects, over 150 M.Sc dissertations and 15 doctoral students. He has published over 120 articles in both local and international journals of repute and he also has one patent to his credit.

Professor Adebowale is married to Dr. ‘Yemisi Ajibola Adebowale and the marriage is blessed with three children: Temitayo, Ayobami and Ayomitunde.