Ebonyi State University
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|Ebonyi State University|
|Vice-Chancellor||Engr. Prof. F.I. Idike|
|Location||Abakaliki , Ebonyi, Nigeria
Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki was founded in 1996 in Abakaliki, Nigeria. It is ranked third in the country among state-owned universities by the National University Commission, based on the quality of its academic staff as at the period of this documentation.
It is housed in campuses formerly belonging to the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) and the Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH). These campuses provide a temporary accommodation while a new campus is built on Enugu Road, Abakaliki. Executive Governor Dr Sam Ominyi Egwu has pledged to ensure the full relocation of the university's faculties to the new site before he his tenure expires in May 2007.
The institutions's first Vice-Chancellor is Professor Fidelis Ogah and presently Engr. Prof. F.I. Idike.
The university's medical faculty was established in 1991 as ESUT's Faculty of Health Sciences. Many of its facilities were developed in response to a Guinea worm pandemic; the Abakaliki Specialist Hospital, created for this purpose, was remodelled to become Ebonyi State University's primary teaching hospital. It was subsequently granted accreditation by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) for the training of medical students and resident doctors. Since it became part of Ebonyi State University, the medical school has received considerable funding from the Ebonyi government.
Ebonyi state university is located at the capital of Ebonyi state, with five campuses(CAS,CHS, EBONYI STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL, ISHIEKE and the PERM SITE). What is today known as Ebonyi State University (EBSU), started on July 30, 1980 when the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) was originally founded as Anambra State university of Technology (ASUTECH), by the then Anambra State House of Assembly Law No. 7 of 1980.
In 1985, the ASUTECH Edict No 20 of 1985, created a four campus structure and the Abakaliki Campus, housing Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Consequently, Abakaliki Campus took off with a pre-science programme and was later enabled to run courses in Agricultural and Basic Basic Medicine Sciences.
When Ebonyi state was carved out from Enugu state on 1 October 1996, the Abakaliki Campus of the then ESUT was upgraded to Ebonyi State University College by the Ebonyi State Edict No of 1998; though remained affiliated to its parent University, ESUT.
The major landmark that launched the University into its present status came in 1999 when Dr Sam O. Egwu, Governor of Ebonyi State announced the upgrading of the University College to a multidisciplinary university and establishing statute received executive consent of His Excellency on January 14, 2000. The university has relocated to the PERM SITE, where faculties like social science,management science and arts are found.
In the serene atmosphere of the eastern part of Nigeria, West Africa; stands a young citadel, driven by the quest for teaching, learning, research, development and excellence. That is Ebonyi State University.
Since 1999 when Ebonyi State University was upgraded to a full-fledged multi-disciplinary University, the school became one of the few Universities fully committed to development of academic programmes in the areas of Law, Humanities, Sciences and Technology.
In its multi-annex dimension, EBSU has always aimed at being one of the outstanding state Universities unequalled in the country. EBSU is constantly repositioning itself in pursuit of pride of place and greater dynamic vote in pure Research and Development (R & D), both at the graduate and post-graduate levels. These R & D efforts are already manifesting in the several national and international awards to our staff and students in various fields of study. We offer academic programmes with a wide range of courses tailored to suit individual desires and prepare the student strongly enough to achieve his/her dreams and ambition.
EBSU takes special interest in training and retraining of her academic staff on scholarship. Many benefited from an agreement between EBSU and a UK based HIPACT programme aimed at enhancing the quality of education in the State. Others are profiting from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Scholarship for post graduate studies and conference attendance. These programmes I believe were important opportunities for EBSU Staff to interact and have a global experience with other students around the world. Relentlessly, EBSU has been dedicated and committed to superlative training of staff and students; core research and Information Technology; scholarly and economic empowerment. Undoubtedly, these pioneer outstanding efforts in most respects, contributed to the ranking of EBSU third in the country among state-owned Universities by the National universities Commission, NUC (2005) The university currently has an academic staff of 877; 1899 non-academic staff; 23,718 undergraduates and 3840 postgradute students.
To provide a conducive atmosphere for teaching, learning, research and rapid development in order to transform the hitherto, untapped, abundant unskilled, human resources in Ebonyi state into skilled power.
To rank among the best citadels of learning in the world with excellence in learning, research and community service.
The goals and objectives of Ebonyi state University are consistent with the objectives of the National Policy on Education, particularly Higher Education on Nigeria as enunciated by Decree No.16 of 1985. The law establishing Ebonyi State University (Law No. 7 of 1999) stated the objectives of Ebonyi State University as follows:
1. To encourage the advancement of learning in Ebonyi State of Nigeria in particular and Nigeria in general and to hold out to all persons, without distinction as to race, creed or sex, the opportunity of acquiring higher education
2. To provide facilities (as its resources permit) and to make it available for the pursuit of learning, especially such facilities that would give training that has concrete relevance to the needs of our society.
3. To foster the spirit of creativity, inventiveness, resourcefulness and patriotism.
4. To encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavor;
5. To relate its activities to the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria in particular and the world in general.
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