COREN ACCREDITATION TEAM VISITS AE-FUNAI, COMMENDS INSTITUTION’S ACADEMIC PROGRESS
The Council for Registration and Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), on Monday 16th of December 2019, visited the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, for the purpose of accrediting her engineering programmes.
While receiving the accreditation panel in courtesy at the Senate Chamber, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba who was represented at the event by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Sunday Elom noted that the university started in 2011 alongside 11 other Universities during the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, adding that it however commenced academic activities on the 5th of November 2012 with three Faculties- Sciences, Humanities, Basic Medical Sciences but currently the University has 7 Faculties, a College of Medicine and a Post Graduate School. He also explained that the Faculty of Engineering and Technology was established as the 4th Faculty in University.
The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the University believes in the peer review mechanism of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other educational and professional bodies like COREN, meant to ensure quality of the Nigerian University education. He further stated that the University is driven by its motto of Excellence and Integrity, stressing that Entrepreneurship remains at the core of its activities. He also noted that the University was prepared for the exercise and was committed to implementing the recommendations of the body.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Brigadier- General (Engr.) Emico Eruwa congratulated the University for her scorecard in the 2018 National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation exercise where it presented 28 programs, and had 26 full and 2 interim accreditation status for the programmes, adding that it was a landmark achievement. He further noted that COREN is aimed at enthroning quality assurance in engineering programmes, ensuring also that products of engineering departments are sound and efficient and have potential of competing with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
He maintained that the visit wasn’t for witch-hunting but a peer review mechanism meant to promote partnership between industries and Universities and for growth and development of our academic institutions. He assured that the team would be fair and firm, and meticulous in the discharge of their duties.
In their exit report on Thursday 19th of December 2019, the panel commended the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management for their efforts in providing much modern engineering equipment in the Faculty, adding that the maintenance of her Academic Calendar and the robust content of the Academic Content of Engineering Programs are in consonance with COREN requirements. The team also highlighted some areas for improvement which the Vice-Chancellor promised to address, saying that AE-FUNAI is a serious University focused on producing the best and will make sure they meet all COREN demands.