Anambra State University of Science and Technology, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Anambra State University of Science and Technology, (as it was then called) was established by law No. 13 of 2000 by the Anambra State Government. The University was conceived a 2-Campus structure with the main campus of the University located at Uli in the former site of the Ekwenugo Okeke Polytechnic, formally called Anambra state Polytechnic and the second campus located at Igbariam in the former site of the College of Agriculture. The law establishing the University phased out the State Polytechnic and the University inherited its assets and liabilities. On the other hand, the University law failed to repeal the Edict establishing the College of Agriculture, Igbariam, hence, legally, the University and the College existed side by side at the Igbariam Campus site, until 2006 when the government relocated the College of Agriculture to Mgbakwu, about fifteen kilometers away from Igbariam.
By the Anambra State University Amendment Law No. ANHA/LAW/2006/01 of 26th January, 2006, the name of the University was changed to Anambra State University in keeping with the Visitation Report of 2004 recommendation that the University should revert to a conventional University. The Amendment Law of 2006 provided for a 3 – Campus structure for the University comprising:
A. Uli Campus
(i) Faculty of Engineering
(ii) Faculty of Environmental Sciences
(iii) Faculty of Science
(iv) Pre-Science Programme
B. Igbariam Campus
(i) Faculty of Agriculture
(ii) Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
C. Alor Campus
(i) Faculty of Law
(ii) Faculty of Management Sciences
(iii) College of Health Sciences
(iv) University Teaching Hospital
The 2006 Amendment Law also provided that Alor Campus would house the University Administrative Headquarters because of its centrality to the other Campuses. However, Alor Campus did not take off, even though the enabling law prescribed its establishment. Meanwhile, the two Faculties of Law and Management Sciences are located at Igbariam Campus of the University. However, in 2010 the College of Medicine and Teaching Hospital being constructed at Amaku General Hospital, Awka received legal backing as the state House of Assembly passed an amendment act to situate a third campus of the University a three campus structure at Uli (Anambra South), Awka (Anambra Central) and Igbariam (Anambra North).
The University Pre-Science Programme, which in 2008, was relocated to Uli Campus, is waxing stronger. So also is the Part-Time/Weekend Degree Programme at the Igbariam Campus.
The University shall commence new programmes in the following areas in next academic year:
Music, Philosophy and Religion / Society in the faculty of Arts.
Sociology and Psychology in the faculty of Social Sciences.
Urban and Regional Planning in the faculty of Environmental Sciences.
Towards this end, Senate has approved the de-merging of faculty of Environmental Sciences from the faculty of Engineering at Uli Campus and the de-merging of faculty of Arts from faculty of Social Sciences at Igbariam Campus.
It is noteworthy that this University is one of the institutions, the Nigerian Security and Exchange Commission is assisting in the establishment of the programme in Capital Market Studies. This programme is being housed in the Faculty of Management Sciences at the Igbariam Campus.
It is pertinent to point out that programmes in Medicine (i.e. Pre-Med. and Pre-Clinical), based at Uli Campus, commenced in 2008/2009 academic year. The National Universities Commission visited these medical programmes on resource verification in 2011 and the results were favourable and successful.
With respect to the Clinical Programmes of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery based at Awka using the structures and facilities of the former Amaku-General Hospital, the Government of Anambra State has just constructed multi-million naira physical structures to accommodate the Clinical Programmes of the Medical School as well as its Teaching Hospital
Professional bodies accreditation
The University has not fared badly in the professional bodies’ accreditation visits. So far, it had received full and interim accreditation from the following professional bodies.
Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); with respect to Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (full accreditation), while Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering received interim accreditation.
Council of Legal Education; in respect of the University’s Law programmes (interim accreditation). Another accreditation visit by Council of Legal Education is slated for 15th-17th November, 2009.
Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN); in respect of the Accountancy programmes (full accreditation).
Council for the Regulation of Practice of Geology; granted interim accreditation status to the University’s Geology Programmes.
Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA); granted interim accreditation status to the Architecture programme after the Institute’s visit in July, 2008.
Anambra state University opens its door without discrimination to the teeming population of yourths in Anambra state, its environs and the wider public who desires higher education.
It is the philosophy of the University to pursue academic excellence in all aspects of human endeavour relating to cultural, social and economic developmental needs of the nation. The University places high premium on arts, science and technology and their application to enhance the overall well-being of the society.
Anambra State University Alumni Relations Office was established on 6 August 2007. The office serves as a link between the University and its graduates (Alumni and Alumnae) for effective interaction. Graduates of the University are encouraged to organize themselves into Anambra State University Alumni Association in various towns and State branches. Alumni in Town and State branches come together and elect National Officers of the Association. The national officers and the branch presidents form the National Executive Committee/ Council of the Association. This is the body with the highest authority of the Association in the Country. The national officers normally hold office for 2 or 3 years and national convention to elect new officers is held at the expiration of their tenure. A serving officer could be re-elected. National convention of the Association may be held annually for branches to meet and interact on how to help themselves and their Alma mater. The Alumni Association is to the University what old boys/ girls Association is to the secondary school. The University reaches its alumni and alumnae through the Alumni Relations Office and vice versa. “Alumni” is used for both male and female graduates of the Institution, but a female graduate is alumna (singular) and alumnae(plural) while male graduate is alumnus (singular) and alumni (plural). The University depends to some extent on its alumni to assist in the development of the Institution in whatever areas the alumni are capable eg donation of computers, books, laboratory equipment, vehicles, scholarships, academic prizes for undergraduates, building of guest houses, lecture-room blocks etc. Alumni are expected to do these directly by themselves or by appealing to philanthropists (who may not be alumni of ANSU) to donate to ANSU. Alumni who live abroad should attract donations of books, science equipment and linkage programmes between ANSU and foreign Universities etc.
When the ANSU Alumni association is properly organized and national Executive Committee/ Council (NEC) formed, the University law provides that an alumnus or alumna should represent alumni in the Governing Council of the University. The alumnus or alumna in council is elected at the University Convocation Meeting made up of only graduates of the Universitry. Though the Alumni of ANSU have recently graduated (3 sets of graduates in 2007) most of then have worked for less than 3 years and their ability to donate to their Alma mater is very low at present, they can use their connections to help the University.
The Alumni Relations Office keeps records of alumni, updates information on their activities and gives the University useful brief on who is who among the alumni. The Alumni are one of the most important assets that the University has.
There are lots and lots to gain by belonging to ANSU alumni association. Among other things, it brings alumni of different years of graduation together for mutual help. New graduates benefit from the experience and influence of older alumni in the City or State where they live , if they join the association. Within the Association, members try to be their brothers keepers. Some members problems eg, employment, accommodation, admission into tertiary institution etc, if made known to the Association , could be solved through the position and connections members have. A lot of opportunities that exist within the Country are made available to members at branch Association meetings. A member of the Association who makes request to the University through Alumni Relations Office gets prompt attention from the University because the Association is a partner in the progress of the University.
The University established the Alumni Relations Office very early so as to catch the alumni young . They are made to show interest in the development of their alma mater early in their lives as graduates. As they grow in experience and as their resources grow, the University would benefit from their experience , wealth, position and connections.
Every alumnus / alumna should join the ANSU Alumni Association in whichever City, Town or State he lives. Where the Association does not exist, they should come together and invite the Alumni Relations Officer to help them get their branch Association inaugurated.
You can apply for any ANSU programs directly from secondary school. The general admission requirements are:
Completion of secondary school (i.e. SSCE/GCE O-level) with a minimum overall average of 70% in five academic SSCE/GCE O-level courses
A final grade of at least 70% in SSCE/GCE O-level English and any other required subject
Subjects required for admission to various programs are listed below, as well as the minimum required SSCE/GCE O-level averages. Admission into any program at ANSU is competitive; meeting the minimum entrance average does not guarantee admission. Normally, 70% or higher is necessary in all required subjects for early admission.
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