–      Commences Pharmacy, Medicne, Law Soon

By Anyalewechi Anthony

Management of Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University (KOMU), says it has commenced intensive revolution in the education sector through quality and uninterrupted learning, to train men and women who will combine skills and knowledge of technology to solve Nigeria’s problems.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ikechukwu N.S. Dozie, dropped the hint during the university’s sixth matriculation ceremony held, March, 20, at the university auditorium in Ideato, Imo State. 

Prof. Ikechukwu, who noted that Imo is the hub of learning, East of the Niger, said part from Lagos, Delta and Rivers States which have four state owned universities, Imo state becomes the second with three universities, excluding federal institutions, Polytechnic, Colleges of Education and others.

He attributed the quest for robust and conducive learning environment to reason the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodinma, invested heavily in the education sector, creating link roads all over the state to ensure students study in serene environments.

Delivering his matriculation address, Prof. Ikechukwu, recalled that KOMU was created by Imo State Law No.1, of 2021 to replace “Eastern Palm University” which was established in 2016 and recognised by the National University Commission (NUC), as 42nd state university and 143rd in the Nigerian University System (NUS).

The VC called on Nigerians and Imolites in particular to take advantage of the young rapid growing institution to pursue their future dream, pledging resolve to hold out to all persons without discrimination to race, creed or sex.

He said the fees are affordable, payable by instalment in two semesters and stated that accreditation has fully been secured for 15 mature programmes currently running in the University.

Out of 26 programmes distributed across four faculties, those accredited by the National University Commission (NUC) are: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Computer Science, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and Sociology. 

Others are: Psychology, Political science, English and Literary Studies, History and International Studies and Banking and Finance. 

Moreso, Animal and Environmental Biology, physics and Linguistics made the accredited list.

Meanwhile Plan to commence pharmacy, medicine and law programmes by 2025 is on process hence B.sc Architecture is to be accredited by its regulating professional body and NUC that are expected to visit the institution in this 2023/2024 session.

Professor Ikechukwu who recounts benefits available to prospective students from across the globe explained that aside having record of stable academic calendar, KOMU, in a bid to maintain timely graduation, has since inception graduated two batches of graduates between (2017/2018) and (2022/2023), and successfully mobilised them for the compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) scheme.

He distanced KOMU from habitual delay of processing degree certificates and transcript by Nigerian University system, as students upon graduation are having both their transcript and certificate ready for collection.

Speaking on the condition of learning within the school environment he said “we have impressive facilities for teaching, learning and recreational purposes. The classrooms are comfortable, while our laboratories are fairly equipped. 

Our library is equipped with rich stocks of current physical and electronic books (e-books) available and accessible through the ProQuest, Research For Life and host of open learning resource platforms such as; OpenLearn, Cosmolearning, Open Culture, Greshem, MIT Open, Open Yale, and Kutztown. 

Our ICT facilities are modest and support innovations in teaching and learning and overall research for development. Our Virtual Classroom is functioning with regular delivery of on-line lectures and other academic activities. 

The university’s website is quite robust and very interactive, the VC said, and added that sophisticated structures government has put in place and friendly disposition of the host community guarantees safety of students and staff of the university.

“At the core of this mission our firm desire to educate future leaders not just to acquire requisite knowledge and various life survival skills, but leaders with deep passion for humanity in the discharge of their civic responsibility for the good of society”.

He therefore, drew students attention on the need to shun anti -social behaviours and conducts unacceptable to both the university, the host community and society at large as that could truncate their academic pursuits.