The Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, FUNAI, says it is getting set to introduce Postgraduate School as it prepares to graduate it first set of students in September this year.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Chinedum.U Nwajiuba disclosed this while addressing the University Senate which he was preciding over for the first time since assuming office on February 26, 2016.
Professor Nwajiuba who used the occasion to set agenda for his administration also disclosed that in a short while the University Senate would be requested to endorse the commencement of five more faculties, namely, Agriculture, Education, Management, Environmental Science and Medicine.
He also stated that “in the days ahead, some of us in the University will have to work on specific milestones and measurable goals and targets, chart pathway to achieving our goals and targets, and implement them”.
The FUNAI helmsman also disclosed that his tenure would open up opportunities for new ideas, conscious of the fact that no one knows it all and that it is what we learnt that uplift the University.
He paid glowing tribute to the founders and pioneer management of the University led by pioneer Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor Oye Ibidiapo -Obe whom he described as ‘’accomplished and established men in academics who have lent their integrity and image.’’Registra, VC, Deputy VC
He equally commended the Deans and Heads of Department ‘’ who drive our core triple goals of teaching, research community service’’, as well as the students who he described as, ‘’ the main reason we are here ‘’ The Vice chancellor charged the members of Senate not to lose sight of the idea adding that we are here because we are conscious of the universe in the university, and what it implies ‘’.
Professor Nwajiuba made it clear that the University system ‘’stands at a point where each institution must justify its existence, and not just assume its relevance and importance,’ adding that the mission was not to play ‘’school’’ but to achieve a vision of vibrant centre of learning and research of national and international repute and the hub for economic transformation and the development of the region through creative and innovative endeavours.
Members of the Senate thanked the Vice Chancellor for the introductory speech and promised their total support to the Vice Chancellor in his effort to move the University forward to attain the aspiration of “world class University”.