Vice Chancellor's Welcome
Thank you for visiting our FUNAI (Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria). The University is one of the nine new Federal Universities that were set up by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR on the 26th of February 2011 in order to expand access to quality education to all parts of Nigeria and to produce research that will support the nation’s economy and its industries. Here at FUNAI our focus is on Excellence and Integrity. Academic activities in the University commenced fully in the first week of November, 2012 with 10 departments/ academic areas and 25 undergraduate programmes. These programmes are being run in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology as well as Basic Medical Sciences. We offered admission to 308 students in 2012/13 academic session and 494 students in 2013/14 academic session. Currently we have 188 full-time academic staff.
We had several workshops in our Faculties in the 2012/13 academic session including that for Grid Computing, Proposal Writing and Developing an International Research Profile. These academic activities will continue with more vigour in the coming academic sessions.
The University prides itself on offering excellent learning experience for students, informed by up-to-date research and facilitated by a high-quality learning environment, with multi-media classrooms, modern library and well equipped laboratories. There is an emphasis on employability and entrepreneurship in all our academic programmes. We are developing iconic infrastructure based strictly on our physical Masterplan, on both the take-off and the adjourning main campus that will befit the vision of our university.
We are constantly implementing new technologies and programmes that reflect the educational needs of 21st century and beyond students. We are also committed to recruiting scholars that are proven world-class experts with international research standing. As it stands, a significant number of our teaching staff has terminal degrees from the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Belgium, South Africa and other African countries.
Our students learn among and with world-class academics that are leaders in their fields and disciplines. Our academic staff regularly publishes research in leading international peer-reviewed journals. We are also investing in a five-year (2013-18) campus development project to provide new teaching space, more student accommodation, staff offices, sports facilities and state-of-the-art ICT building. This will further enhance our ability to deliver an outstanding student experience, world-class research facilities and an inspiring working environment.
We are already developing a profile as one of the best Universities in Nigeria. We were ranked by Webometrics and National Universities Commission (NUC) in January 2013 as the first among the nine new Federal Universities established in 2011 in Nigeria. The August 2013 Webometrics ranking placed us in the category of Universities that have advanced in ranking both nationally and internationally. However, we are working harder to rise further and be a world class university in Nigeria that is recognised for the delivery of intellectually rigorous, cutting-edge research and excellent teaching and learning.
Towards this end, we have embarked on partnership programme with a few selected Universities in the United States of America (Rice University, Harvard University and Texas Southern University). Our plan is to use this linkage to establish staff-students interaction and exchange and thereby encourage our young faculty to undergo postgraduate training and research at our partner universities. The above notwithstanding, some of our Assistant Lecturers and Graduate Assistants are in selected 1st and 2nd generation universities in Nigeria for the doctoral programmes.
We are aware that achieving our vision is a considerable challenge but confident that we are developing a tradition of excellence and integrity and have the drive and the determination to succeed. I hope you enjoy browsing our website and visiting our university. We invite you to partner with us as we move forward.
Distinguished Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe
OFR, FAS, FAEng, FAAS, FTWAS, FNCS
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