Nigeria

Country Representative

Prof. Dr. Christian Anieke (Godfrey Okoye University)

Godfrey Okoye University (GO UNI)

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Godfrey Okoye University is a Catholic University of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Enugu state-Nigeria. It was founded by Rev. Fr. Prof. Dr. Christian Anieke and established in 2009 by the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The university is reputed as one of the fastest growing private universities in Nigeria offering quality education at an affordable cost. The philosophy of Godfrey Okoye University is based on the nature of human being as a social being and a dialogue seeking being. From this point of view the university understands education as a dialogical process of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge. As its mission, Godfrey Okoye University dedicates itself to impart quality education aimed at inculcating in students strong personality that will ensure the promotion of religious, cultural and epistemological dialogue. The vision of Godfrey Okoye University is to produce graduates who would be outstanding in learning, balanced in character, personality and ready to pursue epistemic unity in all its ramification.

https://www.gouni.edu.ng/

Representative:

Prof. Dr. Christian Anieke; Vice-Chancellor and Board Member of Africa-UniNet

Christian Anieke was born in Nigeria on 10 October 1965. After studying English and Literary Studies (BA/Ed), Philosophy (BA) and Theology (B.Theol.), he got a full scholarship to round off his priestly formation and studies at the University of Innsbruck. At the University of Innsbruck he got a master’s degree (M.Theol.) in Theology. He also obtained another master’s degree (MA) and a doctorate degree (PhD) in English and American Literary Studies. Christian founded Godfrey Okoye University (a vary famous university belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Enugu in Nigeria) in 2009 and since then has been the Vice Chancellor (Rektor). He is also an honorary citizen of Mitterkirchen in Upper Austria. A professor of English and Literary Studies, Christian’s research centres on intercultural communication in postcolonial literature.

Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS)

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Brief Description of the University

The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (formerly University of Sokoto until the change of name in 1988) is one of the four second generation universities established in 1975 by the Federal Government of Nigeria. At that time, three University Colleges were also upgraded and became full-pledged universities. These seven universities became popularly known as “Seven Sisters” or “Second Generation Universities”. These are: the University of Sokoto (renamed in 1988 as Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto); the University of Maiduguri; the University of Port Harcout; Bayero University, Kano; University of Calabar; University of Jos and University of Ilorin. The University is unique in the sense that of all the second generation Universities, it is the only one that started from scratch. In fact, by the time the pioneer Vice Chancellor was appointed, the University was no more than a concept or an idea; unlike the other six “Sisters” which had been Colleges of older Universities, or had inherited physical structures from where they started to operate. During its first convocation ceremony held on 22nd November, 1980, the University graduated its first set of students; a total of seventy-two students graduated during the period.

The University started to function at a temporary site, now referred to as the City Campus. Student enrolment into the University started in October, 1977 in the Faculties of Arts and Islamic Studies, Social Sciences, Education and Extension Services and Science; and actual teaching began on 20th October, 1977 with ninety three undergraduate students and one hundred and two students enrolled into pre-degree programme. Movement to the Main Campus (now referred to as permanent site) began in 1982.

Development of Faculties, Schools, Centres and Programmes

As noted earlier, the University at inception started with only 4 Faculties: Arts and Islamic Studies, Social Sciences, Education & Extension Services and Science. By 1985, the number of Faculties increased to 8 with the establishment of College of Health Sciences (CHS), Faculties of Law, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. The Postgraduate School was also established earlier in 1983. Faculties of Management Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences were established in 2002 and 2007 respectively, as well as School of Medical Laboratory Science in 2002. Faculty of Engineering was established in 2016 and the first set of students was admitted in the 2016/2017 academic session. Five Faculties were subsequently established in the CHS, viz: Faculty of Clinical Science and Faculty of Basic Medical Science, established in 2014; and the Faculty of Basic Clinical Science which was established in 2017, and Faculty of Dental Sciences established in 2019.

Currently (2020), the University has a total of 14 Faculties, a Postgraduate School, School of Medical Laboratory Science, six Research Centres, Central Research Laboratory and a number of other academic and non-academic support units. The Faculties are as follows: Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies, Basic Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dentistry, Education & Extension Services, Engineering & Environmental Design, Law, Science, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine. The Research Centres are: Sokoto Energy Research Centre (SERC), Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS), Centre for Hausa Studies (Cibiyar Nazarin Hausa), Centre for Peace Studies (CPS), Centre for Advanced Medical Research and Training (CAMRET) and Centre for Agricultural and Pastoral Research (CAPAR). Two other Centres had existed before: Centres for Energy & Environment and Nomadic Education & Curriculum Development with support from the defunct Federal Environmental Protection Agency and Nomadic Education Commission respectively.

The University runs more than 50 undergraduate programmes in various fields of human endeavour i.e. Arts, Humanities, Pure and Applied Sciences. Similarly, more 150 postgraduate programmes (PhD, MPhil, Masters’ and postgraduate diploma programmes) are being run by the University.

University Campuses

The University generally consists of three campuses that are geographically separated: The main campus – referred to as the Permanent Site, the City Campus and the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH). The two campuses aside the Permanent Site are located in the main Sokoto Township.

The Main Campus houses Central Administration Complex, Postgraduate School, Faculties of Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies, Education and Extension Services, Law, Science, Social Sciences, Management Sciences and Engineering. The SERC, CPS, Division of General Studies and Central Research Laboratory are also located in the Permanent Site.

The City Campus houses Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (although, the Faculty would soon move to the Permanent Site) and Centres for Islamic and Hausa Studies. The UDUTH campus houses all programmes and Faculties under the College of Health Sciences, School of Medical Laboratory Sciences and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

PHILOSOPHY, OBJECTIVES, VISION AND MISSION - Philosophy of the University


As a centre of learning, the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto shall promote and disseminate knowledge, pursue research, contribute to the universal truths and maintain the international character of a University. It shall specifically:

  • Endeavour to identify with the needs and aspirations of the people where it is located;
  • Uphold and develop the ideals of the community within which it is situated and at the same time promote national unity;
  • Cherish and preserve the cultural heritage of the society; and
  • Establish a two-way rapport between the University and the society. In pursuing its aims and objectives, the University will always be guided by the requirements of the national plan, manpower needs and sheer physical and environmental factors.

Objectives of the University

The Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto Act states clearly the functions and the heights that the institution should aspire to attain through teaching, research and community service. The objectives of the University shall be:

  • to encourage the advancement of learning to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring liberal education;
  • to provide courses of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, and to make these facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them;
  • to encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavour;
  • to relate its activities to the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria; and
  • to undertake any other activities appropriate for a University of highest standard.


Vision of the University

“To be a centre of excellence in terms of teaching, research and community service in all fields of human endeavour i.e. Arts, Humanities, Pure and Applied Sciences”

Mission of the University

“To provide quality teaching, research and community service to deserving persons and communities, under the most peaceful atmosphere and in line with the national policy on education, irrespective of social class, gender, race, nationality and religion; and to ensure that at all times it serves as a centre for pursuit of research and academic excellence”.

http://www.udusok.edu.ng

Representative:

Prof. Dr. Lawal Suleiman Bilbis; Vice Chancellor

Professor Lawal Suleman Bilbis obtained a PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of Essex, Colchester in 1992, and rose to become a Professor of Biochemistry in 2002 at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS).

Bilbis has to his credit over 100 research publications in journals across the globe. His research papers are in the areas of protein chemistry, clinical and paediatric nutrition, elucidation of mechanism of action of antidiabetic, antihypertensive and antimalarial agents. His main research focus is however on oxidative stress and pathogenesis of traumatic brain injury, stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He has presented more than 70 research papers at conferences across the world and has 3 patents to his credit. He has attracted grants to support his research from agencies across the world and has supervised to completion 18 PhD theses, and several M.Sc. dissertations.

He was a Research Fellow at the King Khalid Military Academy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1996-1998). Bilbis was on the Executive Council of the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB) between 1995 and 2011. He was the National President of the Society between 2007 and 2011. Currently he is on the Executive Council of Federated African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FNSBMB), Science Association of Nigeria (FSAN), Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (FSESN) and African Scientific Institute (FASI). Prof. Bilbis was Head, Department of Biochemistry, Deputy Dean, Dean of Science, Director University Development Office and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic of UDUS. He was the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Federal University Birnin Kebbi and currently the Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

He is happily married with children and grandchildren.