Akwa Ibom State University

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Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) was conceived and funded by the Akwa Ibom State, government of Nigeria. Unity of people with a passion to constantly seek knowledge that addresses practical issues of development in Nigeria. The university opened its doors to its pioneer students in the 2010/2011 academic year.[1]

The campus[edit]

At conception, the university was to be located within Akwa Ibom State's Technology Triangle at th University Town. However, the administration of the Akwa Ibom State Government have changed the enabling law of the university into a multi-campus institution with the main campus at Ikot Akpaden, Mkpat Enin L.G.A and a second campus situated at Obio Akpa, Oruk Anam L.G.A.[1] The goals of the university have been modified by the administration of the State Government in order to transform the university into a conventional university whose focus is not just Technology and Applied Science but also Arts.[citation needed] In line with this transformation, the name of the institution has been changed from Akwa Ibom State University of Technology(AKUTECH) to Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU).[citation needed]

How it Began[edit]

On October 18, 2000, at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State at the time, Arc (Obong) Victor Attah inaugurated a committee for the establishment of Akwa Ibom State University of Technology.[2]

The committee was made up of Professor Ephraim E. Okon, Professor Ekong E. Ekong, Professor Ulo K. Enyenihi, Professor Reuben K. Udo, Professor E. W. Mbipom, Engr. Mrs. Mayen Adetiba, Engr. Esio O. Mboho, Engr. Akpan U. Ukpoho, Engr. Uyai Ekaette, Dr. Usen J. Antia, Sir Pius Wilson, Dr. Engineer Linus Asuquo, Mr. Moses Essien, Dr. Ini Udoka, Professor Joe Uyanga and Mr. E. J. Akpan. The University opened its doors to its pioneer students in the 2010/2011 academic year.

There was a mandate to establish AKUTECH, a project which has been embraced by the former Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong (Barr) Godswill Akpabio [3][4] leading to the enactment of the University Law on September 15, 2009 by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.[citation needed]

Vice Chancellors[edit]

  • Professor Sunday Petters pioneer vice chancellor till 2015
  • Professor Eno J. Ibanga 2015 till date[5]

Staff development[edit]

More than 60 faculty members are undergoing AKSU-sponsored postgraduate training in universities in Europe, North America and Singapore.[6] More centres of excellence have been identified in South America, Japan and other Asian countries for further collaboration and manpower development.[citation needed]

Schools[edit]

  • Faculty of Engineering

Departments; Chemical Engineering, Mechanical engineering, Civil Engineering, Marine/Naval Architecture Engineering, Agricultural Engineering. Electrical/Electronic engineering.

  • Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences

Departments; Computer Science, Mathematics and statistics, Mathematics Science, Physics Science, Chemistry Science, Geology. Biological Sciences; Botany, Zoology, Genetics and Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biological Science.

  • Faculty of Education

Mathematics Education, Chemistry Education, Biology Education, Integrated Science Education, Physics Education.

  • Faculty of Agriculture

Agricultural Economic and Extension, Soil Science, Crop Science, Animal Science.

  • Faculty of Social and Management Sciences

Business Administration, Accounting, Business Management, Political Science.

  • Faculty of Arts

English and Literary Studies, Religious and International Studies, Performing Arts.[citation needed]

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