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 Old 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.

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