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Why LASU is introducing 2-stream undergraduate programmes — VC

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Why LASU is introducing 2-stream undergraduate programmes — VC


The second stream undergraduate programme of the Lagos State University (LASU) was introduced to help deepen entrepreneurship skill of students of the institution, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has said.

Addressing journalists in Lagos on Thursday, Fagbohun said that the entrepreneurship programme, which would run along with normal undergraduate degrees, would prepare the students to be self-employed and employers of labour.

According to the LASU vice chancellor, research indicates that small medium enterprises (SMEs) employ more than 80 per cent of the workforce in Nigeria.

“That is why we have very close relationship and comfortable working with SMEs, so they can impact on the university and students the right entrepreneurship skills.
“Before starting, the Stream 2 entrepreneurship programme will go through all the approval processes of the university.

“Critical thing for LASU is quality assurance which means the two-stream programmes will be standard and run successfully together without any programme failing.

“We have a directorate of quality assurance that monitors every programme of the university in order to achieve best practices,” the vice chancellor said.

He said that entrepreneurship courses would be taught only during the first year of the regular Stream 1 programme, while it would be taught throughout the duration of the Stream 2 programme.

The vice chancellor also refuted speculation that LASU had increased tuition fees for its undergraduate programmes.

 “Our regular Stream 1 programme tuition fee is still 25,000 naira, while medical students pay N37,000. But for Stream 2 entrepreneurship programme, the tuition fee is N150,000, aside of acceptance and medical fee,” he said.

Also speaking, Prof. Martins Anetekhan, Director, LASU Centre for Entrepreneur, said that the university was concerned about widespread unemployment among graduates of Nigerian universities.

“After investigation, we realise that most graduates are not getting jobs because the available job vacancies can not accommodate them.

“It means they have to be skillful and adjust their mindset to become entrepreneurs who can also employ others and contribute to national development.

“Apart from giving them knowledge on normal degree programme, LASU introduced Stream 2 programme so they can also acquire some skills, knowledge through entrepreneurship programmes,” he said.

79 different areas of entrepreneurship for the Stream 2 programme and teaching had been arranged such that it would not clash with the normal degree programmes.

“We should all know that entrepreneurship programme is the delivery of handsome skills and LASU partnered with many small scale industries to teach the students,” he said.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Al-Hikmah VC pledges to reposition institution to high ranking school

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The new vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Prof. Noah Yusuf has promised to reconstrust the institution as a model of good private participation in University education.


Yussuf made this promise while briefing the newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre in Ilorin on Tuesday, as the 5th Vice Chancellor of the University.

He said that he would make the school to be among high ranking Universities across the globe through its well articulated vision and philosophy.

The VC, however, said his vision for the university is to tap from the existing potentials through purposeful leadership.

Yusuf noted he was also poised to introduce innovations geared towards achieving results in areas where the university is currently experiencing challenges.

He added that his philosophy was to attain global best practices in all aspect of the university and lecturers shall be motivated to engage in effective lecture delivery and research to meet global standard geared towards producing well-discipline, industrious and patriotic graduates who shall be blessing to Nigerian nation.

Yusuf, the fifth Chancellor of the University, therefore, seek for the management support to achieve his vision and mission.

He said, ” I shall direct my immediate focus to consolidating the achievements recorded by my predecessors in office through dynamic, transparent, consultative and purposeful leadership.

” I must emphasise the fact that whoever wants to continue to build on the solid foundation these reputable and hardworking Vice Chancellors had laid must have a clear focus, vision and mission regarding what he wants his contributions to be.

“I shall tackle the current challenges of the University and explore ways of forging new areas of achievements and ground-breaking feats.

” With the current competitions among the ever-increasing Private Universities in Nigeria

” A University which must stand the test of time must introduce innovations and consult widely and appropriately, with critical stakeholders, among whom are the Proprietor, Board of Trustees, Governing Council and the Management, Senate, parents, staff and, even, students as well as people in the University’s immediate community

” I am glad to inform you that I come to Al-Hikmah University as its fifth Vice Chancellor with a clear focus and well formulated vision and mission statement, which is to pilot the affairs of Al-Hikmah University

” In such a manner that by the time I shall be completing my tenure, the University will not only rank among the best in Nigeria, it will also be among the high ranking universities across the globe

“How do I plan to do this? It is through well articulated vision and philosophy”, said the VC.

He added that, Al-hikmah University requires inflow of funds, grants for its capital and recurrent expenditures and as new vice-chancellor he would embark on another funding measures and strategies by establishing revenue-yielding programmes such as Master in Business Administration (MBA), Master in Public Administration (M.P.A), Post graduate Diploma and others to substitute existing source of funds.

He also said he would increase the revenue base of the university through establishing linkages with other national and international Universities and academic centres for partnership collaboration and project funding through his practical experience as former Director of centre for peace and strategic studies University of Ilorin.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

Vice Chancellor, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Prof Noah Yusuf.

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Al-Hikmah Varsity sets to establish mediation centre for drug addicts

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The Vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Prof. Noah Yusuf, says in no time, the University will institute a mediation centre to curb drug abuse in the society.


Yusuf made this disclosure at his maiden news briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) Press Centre on Tuesday in Ilorin, as the 5th Vice Chancellor of the university.

According to him, I have in plan to establish a sub-centre under the Centre For Islamic Heritage And Community Development (CIHCD), which is the mediation centre.

“This will help students who are addicted to drugs, have a rethink and to be rehabilitated.”

The VC added that in order to curb the menace of drug abuse in the University, there should be a replacement for the drug, which to him would be recreation facilities.

He said that there would be various recreational and sporting activities in the University,  which will help in distracting the drug addicts.

Yusuf added that the parents of students have a great role to play in any effort to curtailing the awful act of drug abuse among students in the University.

The VC added that the University’s motto, which is learning for wisdom and morality, would continue to be upheld and the issue of drug abuse among Al-Hikmah University students would soon be a thing of the past.

He, however, called on parents to register their wards in Al-hikmah University without any fear.

He added that the University is doing it’s best to be the foremost in impacting knowledge and morality in students.

Yusuf stated that the University is also working hard not only to be the best in Nigeria but globally.

The VC noted that Al-Hikmah University has today become a success story to be envied.

Yusuf promised to direct his immediate focus to consolidating the achievements recorded by my predecessors in office.

According to him,  I will do this through dynamic, transparent, consultative and purposeful leadership.

“I shall tackle the current challenges of the University and explore ways of forging new areas of achievements and ground-breaking feats.

“Al-Hikmah University was the first Islamic faith-based University to be granted operational license in Nigeria in 2005.

“It started running academic programmes in 2005/2006 academic session with a population of barely 70 students spread over three Colleges, running a total of eight academic programmes,” he said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Nasarawa Govt. hands over model hospital to Federal varsity, Lafia

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Nasarawa State Government on Monday handed over a 160-bed capacity model hospital to the Federal University of Lafia to fast track development of the institution’s School of Medicine.


Governor Abdullahi Sule, while handing over the hospital to the university management in Lafia, said that his predecessor, Umaru Al-Makura, had pledged to donate the edifice to facilitate the establishment of the school of medicine.

He said: “This hospital is expected to serve as the teaching hospital for students of the university.

“This is in tandem with the determination of our administration to prioritise and strengthen the health care system of the state, considering the fact that the achievement of an industrialised state is contingent upon a healthy population.

“I need to reiterate that the state government will continue to support the university in the training of medical personnel who will handle the issue of healthcare delivery.

“it is obvious that there is a general shortage of human resource for the health sector in the country and particularly in Nasarawa State, hence the establishment of the Medical School by the Federal University will serve as a necessary encouragement to our teeming youths to take up the Medical vocation.”

He appealed to the management of the university to reserve  at least 50 per cent of the medical school’s  admissions to qualified indigenes in order to meet personnel needs of the state health institutions.

Earlier, Ahmed Yahaya, Commissioner for Health said that  the construction of edifice was awarded at the cost of over N1.2 billion, adding that over N800 million had been spent on the project.

Responding, Prof. Sanusi Liman, Vice Chancellor of the university expressed gratitude to the state government for the donation and other support since the inception of the institution in 2011.

Liman announced that the university had begun  the process of admitting students into Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Radiography, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS), Anatomy, Physiology among others.

“I assure you that the indigenes of the state would get more than 50 per cent admission chances in medical sciences and other faculties,” the VC said.

Edited By: Joe Idika and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Buhari salutes Prof. Charles Egbu, Nigerian named VC of Varsity in UK

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight at the news of appointment of Professor Charles Egbu, from Anambra State, as Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, United Kingdom.


The president made his feelings known in a congratulatory message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Friday.

Buhari felicitated with the academic, who is the first black person appointed helmsman of a ranked university in the UK, urging him to continue to proudly hold the flag of Nigeria aloft in all his endeavours in the elevated position.

“With wide experience as Pro-Chancellor at the University of East London, Dean of the School of Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University, and stints at University of Salford, University College London, Glasgow Caledonian University, Leeds Beckett University, among others, I have no doubt that you will acquit yourself creditably once again in this new assignment,” he said.

According to him,  Egbu, a foremost Quantity Surveyor with 12 books and over 350 publications to his credit, is a worthy example of an industrious Nigerian, whom the younger generation should adopt as a role model.

He urged the new VC, who assumes office in November, to build on the strong foundations laid by his predecessors at the university, where he is equally an alumnus.

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