Paul University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
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Saint Paul’s College, Awka on which site the Paul University is located at the first instance, as take-off site, was founded by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) of the Church of England (Anglican) in 1904, as a college for the training of Church workers and teachers of various categories.
The Church Missionary Society (CMS) was an evangelical arm of the Church of England that brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Nigeria and founded both the Yoruba and the Niger Missions, in the mid 19th Century. The Niger Mission, based at Onitsha, became the Diocese on the Niger from which all the dioceses east of the Niger emerged. All these dioceses are in communion with the Church of England hence the appellation “Anglican Communion”. It is these dioceses east of the Niger and south of Kogi, Benue and Taraba States that are co-operating to establish the Paul University, Awka.
Location of the University
Both sites of the Paul University at Awka (the take-off site) and Oji River (the permanent site) are on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway and thus easily accessible from the city centre of Awka, the capital of Anambra State, and from Enugu the capital of Enugu State . Both sites also can boast of an ideal academic environment where students and staff, under Christian discipline and administrative guidance, will not be distracted, and thus will concentrate on their studies.
While aiming at increasing access to university education in Nigeria, the Paul University, propelled by the experience of its founding fathers in educational management, character development, and teaching and learning, visualizes itself as “a producer of the best all round graduates in Nigeria, and an institution whose emphasis will be on genuine service”.
In pursuance of the foregoing vision, the mission of the university is to offer access to university education to talented youth, and involve them in the discovery, generation, dissemination, and application of high quality knowledge. This will equip them with self-reliance and enlightened service to the nation and mankind in a collegial atmosphere characterized by the fear of the Lord, academic freedom and critical enquiry.
The philosophy of the Paul University Awka is “Honest service is loyalty to God". This philosophy is derived from a genuine desire to provide an additional dimension to the Nigerian tertiary educational environment by inculcating in the youth the virtues of patriotism, discipline, honest service, loyalty to God and man, and other Christian virtues.
As a result, emancipated men and women will be produced willing to solve problems with available resources, at the highest level of efficiency, in line with the University’s motto of “Ecce ego mite me” (here am I, send me).
The Paul University aims at nurturing and producing well balanced men and women, worthy in character and learning, who recognize and appreciate the dignity of work, and are able to see themselves as agents of change for development and for the common good. The University will concern itself with teaching, learning, and research for the attainment of excellence, particularly in the areas of Divinity, the Arts, the Sciences and Technology, to the end that it shall inculcate in its staff and students those higher values which are fundamental to moral, socio-economic, scientific and technological development of the society.
Within the above framework, the University will:
- Contribute to the National effort in providing high quality university education devoid of avoidable interruptions.
- Build an academic community in which the youth can develop their full potentials under a moral environment.
- Advance the frontiers of knowledge through research in the various fields of learning in which the university has expertise, especially Theology and the Mathematical Basis of Technology.
- Grow and develop into a significant employer of labour especially for the host community, give and support public service, and foster co-operation with industries and international agencies.
- Prepare and motivate students to fit into the world of work.
For Achieving Stated Objectives
The university will adopt the following strategies in order to achieve its stated objectives:
i. Planning and Implementation Committee: The setting up of a planning and implementation committee, to work for and facilitate effective planning and strict compliance with the guidelines and requirements for the establishment and hitch-free take-off of the university.
ii. Physical Facilities: The provision of adequate funds and requisite infrastructure, equipment and facilities for the effective take-off and sustenance of the teaching, learning and research activities of the university.
iii. Academic Brief: The production and faithful implementation of an approved Academic Brief which will be the blue print for the orderly academic growth and development of the university.
iv. Master Plan: The university will adhere to a well articulated Physical Master Plan, in line with a matching budget to ensure smooth physical development in terms of classrooms, auditoria; offices; services; facilities and capital equipment. Hostels will be built on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) bases; municipal services including cleaning, maintenance of buildings and roads, will be contracted out to minimize distractions.
v. Selection of Students: Efforts will be made to select the best students on the basis of merit.
vi. Curriculum: This will be current and in line with the NUC Benchmarks. There will be a periodic revision of curricula to ensure that graduates are adequately prepared for both self-reliance and the job market.
vii. Centre of Excellence: Mathematical Foundation of Technology will constitute institutional focus as a centre of excellence, and it will be based in an Institute. The university will, through various innovative approaches, popularize the study of mathematics. So also will the Institute of Theology be a centre of excellence in the Arts and Humanities.
viii. Fund-Raising and Fund Management: The university shall pursue the formulation and implementation of Endowment and fund-raising strategies to ensure a sustainable and constant inflow of funds from diverse sources, for the execution of programmes and activities of the university. Fund management will be strict, transparent and based on accountability.
ix. Tuition Fees: Reasonable fees will be charged. However, the principle of “social strata inclusively” will be adopted in order to ensure a rainbow coalition of the student population. Scholarship programmes, work aid, and bursaries shall be put in place for those in need.
x. Quality Staff: The university will strive to recruit high-calibre and experienced academic, technical, and administrative staff in the appropriate numbers and mix, guided by NUC norms, so as to ensure actualization of high quality teaching, research and community service. The aggressive pursuance of staff development programmes will be the norm. The university will pay attractive and competitive salaries in order to attract and retain staff of the highest quality.
xi. Linkages: The university will pay attention to the establishment and sustenance of fruitful linkages and collaboration arrangements with national, and international funding agencies, universities and related institutions.
xii. Working Environment: A good working environment will be provided in the university.
xiii. Students’ Records and Administration: This will be computerized from the beginning.
xiv. Overall Population of the University Community: This will be kept at a comfortable and manageable (medium) size. At full growth, 3264 students will be on roll.
xv. Quality Assessment Mechanism: Quality Assessment Mechanism, which is peer-assessment-driven, will be institutionalized and the outcome utilized for quality enhancement.
Board of Trustees
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TUSTEES
||Chief Dr Alex I. Ekwueme
||Eze Sir Dr Rowland Asobie
||Sir Emmanuel Chukwuemeka Okonkwo
||Chief Mike Nkwoji KSC
||Hon Justice Benjamin Ahanonu Njemanze
||Sir Godwin U. Okeke
||Dr Joyce Ifeoma Barber
||Engr Azubike Solomon Okoye
||Dr. Sir Festus Eze
||Prof Gaius Igboeli
||- Vice Chancellor
Exterior view of the Library block
Interior view of the Library block
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