The new Vice-Chsncellor (VC) of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Charles Arizechukwu Igwe, on Friday, took over the mantle of leadership of the university.
He assured that the first generation tertiary institution shall be technologically-driven, academically robust and physically alluring, as a place that promotes Enterprise and entrpreneurial spirits.
According to him, the university will be a self-sustaining academic Jewel of today and the future, using the United States “land grants” model.
Prof. Igwe spoke during his inauguration as the 15th VC of UNN.
“Indeed, I intend to use an integrated development model anchored on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to push UNN to greater heights.”, he said.
He further said that the traditional theoretical-oriented teaching methods and curricula will be replaced and or upgraded with more pragmatic ones.
“Indeed, innovative research and development and interface with the industry will be the Hallmark of our Enterprise”, he vowed, stressing that: “This is a sure way to attract the industry and make them support UNN processes”.
While commending the efforts currently being made to harness & harmonise all internally approved sourses of revenue in UNN by the Governing Council, he, however said, “We shall go beyond government sources and IGR to explore and harness other sources, such as endowments,donation,commercialized research outcomes and patents.”
He added that his administration “shall strengthen the centre for advancement, develope a data base of our alumni at home and in the diaspora, donor agencies, foundations, philanthropic and corporate organizations as well as friends of UNN & initiate contacts and collaborative fora with them to improve our revenue base.
“The Research Groups (RGs) will be strengthened while more endowed professorial chairs will be established, the aim is to attract international grants & donations”, the new VC said.
On Information Communication Technology (ICT) as part of their values, Prof. Igwe said: “We shall expand the bandwidth appreciably to make internet access more seamless, introduce intranet and the use of outbox in all facets of UNN to ensure speedy, cost effective and accountable service delivery and use video conferencing in conducting Senate meetings and other fora involving the three campuses in due course, to reduce cost and risks on the highways, while ensuring that man-hour is not lost in any circumstance”.
He added, “Indeed, all departments, including the bursary, will be fully computerized to ensure due process, accountability and speedy service delivery.”
Igwe, a Professor of Soil Science also promised to reinvigorate and upgrade some vital sections of UNN, including Works Department, Medical Centre, among others.
He assured that Student and Staff welfare would top most on his agenda.
He was later handed over the Mace showing the symbol of authority as the Chief Executive of UNN.
Those who spoke during the meeting included Prof. B. I. C. Ijeoma, 1963 graduate of UNN and first student, Student Union Government President and University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA), National President and Chief Nduka Eya, former UNAA National President, among others.
Igba Ijele dance group from Awka led by Barr. Mrs. E. Oge entertained guests during the meeting.