It is our partnership pact with parents/guardians, students and staff that we shall provide a peaceful learning environment:
To guarantee the continuity of academic programme, instead of incessant strike action that truncate academic progress. This will help us raise quality graduates.
To raise leaders who shall be peaceful at home, at work and in the society at large. Our world has troubles enough; our world is waiting for leaders of peace in their various calling. But Jesus said in John 14:27 that
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
We are out to raise graduates with such peace in their spirit, their soul and reflecting in their physical behavioral pattern of non-violence to their fellow human beings. This is the reason we are introducing such relevant courses as Peace and Development Studies.
This commitment is to help raise leaders that will promote peace in our world. They, therefore, must be spiritually alive, mentally alert and physically developed to change our world for good.
Our Founding Philosophy
The philosophy of Salem University is to empower and transform our students to be:
Physically disciplined; and,
Socially adaptable to transform their world.
Prof. Joseph Adeola Fuwape
Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape currently serves as the Vice-Chancellor of Salem University, Lokoja. He had his higher education at the University of Ibadan where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1979 and Ph.D at the Department of Agricultural Engineering in 1984.He had a specialized training as a research fellow at the University of North Wales, Bangor, UK in 1991. He was also a visiting scholar at the Department of Plant Science, University of Oxford in 1992.
Prof. Fuwape’s academic and professional career base has spanned teaching and research in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Canada and United States. His area of research interests include; thermo chemical conversion of biomass, wood torrefation, bio-diesel synthesis from pure plant oil, wood physics and bio-composites. He has a lot of experience in national and international multi-disciplinary need-driven research. He collaborated in National Research on Agricultural Development as well as the West African regional SSCI research project sponsored by French Government from 2003-2006. He was a visiting scientist to University of West Virginia Morgantown in 2007, and conducted collaborative research on “Viscoelastic properties of ethylene Glycol plasticized wood” at University Institute of Virginia, Blacksburg US in 2008. He was also a visiting scholar to University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, in 2012 where he was involved in collaborative research on “Development of novel torrefation Process”. Fuwape was the chairman, Biofuel research group at the Federal University of Technology, Akure and a member of the Bio-energy and chemical research group of IUFRO in Austria. He is an Associate of Institute of Wood Science, London, Fellow, Natural Resources Society and Fellow Forests Products society of Nigeria. He is an alumnus Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK.
Prof. Fuwape has numerous awards and grants to his credit. These include, the prestigious Shilch prize (1979), University Scholar-Department of Agricultural Engineering (1981), Commonwealth University Fellowship (1991), IUFRO grant (1993), CTA grant (1996) USDA grant (1997), Malaysian Government grant (2000), Israeli Government MASHAV grant (2004), Chinese Academy of Wood Science grant (2007), and Education Trust Fund grant (2011). He was honoured with special award for outstanding contribution towards the advancement of engineering practice in Nigeria in 2008. He also received award of excellence for meritorious service as Dean of School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape had worked in the University system for 30 years. He started his university teaching and research career at the Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Ibadan in 1982 but later secured appointment as Lecturer II at the Federal University of Technology Akure in 1984 and rose to the rank of a Professor on October 1st 1996.At the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Professor Fuwape served as Head of Forestry and Wood Technology Department for seven years, Dean School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology for four years and member of the University Governing Council for eight years. He served as the pioneer Director of Quality Assurance Unit, FUTA from 2010 to 2012. He has served either as chairman or member in more than 55 committees and boards. As a recipient of so many national and international research grants, he has supervised 25 (MSc. and PhD) graduates and mentored six Professors. He has to his credit 138 publications in highly reputable journals and international conference proceedings.
Reputed for his veracity, hard work and commitment, he has served as external examiner/Assessor to more than 15 universities within and outside Nigeria. He has also served on National Universities Commission accreditation teams to several universities. He is married to Professor (Mrs.) Ibiyinka Fuwape, a Professor of Physics and Dean, School of Sciences Federal University of Technology Akure and they are blessed with three children – Temiloluwa Fuwape, Oluwatoni Fuwape and Ifeoluwatomi Fuwape.