University of Nigeria
- Enhanced research capabilities and re-equipped laboratories
- Expanded external contacts in favour of UNN
- Enhanced knowledge and usage of ICT by staff
- Improved standards in ethics utilisation orientation
- Infrastructural development
- Improved internet services
- Maintained and improved upon on-going projects
- General staff welfare through collaboration with international bodies
- Attracted further grants from international bodies
- Successfully hosted the accreditation panel from the National Universities Commission.
- Facilitated various committee efforts at improving the University’s global visibility.
- Celebrated the University’s 54th Founder’s Day and provided the platform for interaction with the Alumni and Government on the Vice-Chancellor’s strategic development agenda.
- Successfully hosted his first convocation ceremony (January 2015) by graduating 15,904 students. There were four honorary degree award recipients from the government and private sectors. Two serving professors of the University were rewarded for excellence as professors emeriti.
- Computer-based Text-Post UME Exams (2015) is the first ever computer-based screening examination at UNN.
- Webometric received a great boost with a re-designed and updated website and the recruitment of ad hoc staff and students to assist with data uploading and ensuring that UNN is no. 1 by the next webometric ranking from its current 7th position.
- E-Market Place brings all UNN market traders to specific locations and forms a database and online presence for them, linked to UNN’s website for easy access.
- Student ID Cards, in partnership with Access Bank, are distributed to all students, starting with the first years.
- I-Transcript is an improvement on the process of the UNN online transcript request.
- Certificate Verification is now accessible online without UNN Post Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination Mock Exams.
- Result Checking Cards (post/undergraduate exams) have been completed.
- Ad hoc staff recruited, technical and non-technical, including students, to work on specific projects at the ICT/Innovation Centre.
- Distance Learning Programme boosts online education at UNN. A committee and the necessary resources and facilities ensure the smooth implementation of this project.
- The Faculty of Vocational Teachers’ Education was created.
- The Centre of Prevention and Disease Control was established.
- Within weeks of taking office, Prof. Ozumba had restored peace and tranquility on campus and improved relationships among the students.
- An astute administrator and visionary, Prof. Ozumba successfully engaged the support of the government’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund); the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency, and corporate Nigeria e.g. Access and Zenith Bank.
- UNN successfully hosted the 4th West Africa Universities Games (football and hockey championships), and the 6th African Regional Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET).
- To memorialise the University’s founding fathers, commemorative postage stamps in honour of Rt Hon. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe were launched.
The University of Nigeria was established as a land-grant university on the eve of Nigeria’s independence in October 1960, making it Nigeria’s first indigenous and autonomous university. Its mandate, as prescribed by its founder and Nigeria’s first president, Rt. Hon. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, was to provide the manpower needed to build the newly independent black nation.
Benefitting from the mentorship and technical assistance of Michigan State University, USA and the University of Exeter, UK, the University of Nigeria built a reputation for excellence – and breakthroughs soon followed. Remarkable among these were the production of a cholera vaccine in 1970 and the successful conduct of an open heart surgery – one of the first in Africa – by staff at the University’s College of Medicine.
The University has since grown in leaps and bounds to become one of Nigeria’s most reputable universities and, with a student enrolment of nearly 40,000, is also one of the largest. As a comprehensive university, degrees are offered in courses under 16 faculties including Agriculture, Arts, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.
Annual graduation figures currently stand at over 10,000 and 2,500 for Bachelors and postgraduate degrees, respectively. The University enjoys a reputation of excellence and is credited with many inventions and discoveries while its graduates often excel, even in the diaspora.
The priorities of the administration include upgrading of infrastructure, staff development and internationalisation through collaborations with reputable institutions across the globe. Recent developments at the University include the establishment of a UNESCO Category II Biotechnology Institute, a new Centre for Financial and Capital Market Studies, an International Centre for Environmental Management and Control and a new Centre for Maritime Studies and Oceanography. Other developments include the Centre for Research on Climate Change Adaptation funded by agrant from the Open Society Institute, a grant from the World Bank, African Development Bank and Tetfund for the Centre of Excellence in Vocational Technical Education, and the upgrading of the Institute of African Studies and a Centre for Igbo Studies.
At the helm of affairs of the University of Nigeria is its 14th Vice-Chancellor, Professor Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba. An astute administrator, Prof Ozumba has an enviable record of accomplishment of achievements within the academic and administrative circles of his career as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and former Provost of the University’s College of Medicine. Within weeks of taking the office of Vice-Chancellor, he restored peace and tranquility within the campuses as well as improved relationships among the students.
This move has led to the seamless appointment of Heads of Department and Units as well as conducting successful elections of Deans into the various faculties of the University.
This served as a prelude to his visionary mission of a stable pedestal towards achieving his priorities:
In his quest for excellence, the Vice-Chancellor has over the past six months accelerated making good on his promises at inauguration in the following areas:
PROFESSOR BENJAMIN CHUKWUMA OZUMBA
MB BS MD MRCOG FRCOG FACOG FACS
At the helm of affairs is UNN’s 14th Vice-Chancellor, Professor Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, with an enviable record of accomplishments within the academic and administrative circles of his career as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and former Provost of the University’s College of Medicine.
Prof. Ozumba has been responsible for several initiatives, including the introduction of the graduate Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in clinical departments of the College of Medicine, the first of its kind, east of the Niger and facilitating the initiation and accreditation by the National Universities Commission of the first Faculty of Dentistry in eastern and northern Nigeria. Through his charity work, he established an NGO responsible for conducting a FREE medical outreach programme for the treatment of rural communities in Nigeria.
In his quest for excellence, the Vice-Chancellor has accelerated fulfilment of his inauguration promises in the following areas:
Professor Ozumba was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in June 2014. Prior to that, he was a Professor/Consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Dentistry, a position he held for over 20 years.
Professor Ozumba studied medicine at the University of Lagos where he obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and of Surgery. Subsequently, he gained his postgraduate qualifications from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the United Kingdom and the College of Surgeons in the United States of America.
Professor Ozumba has over 30 years of professional and administrative experience with considerable knowledge of project planning and management gained both in academia and the wider industrial sector. He is an established researcher of international repute with numerous publications in Gynaecology, Oncology, General Gynaecology, Abortion/Reproductive Treat Infected and Maternal and Fetal Medicine; author of a number of books and editorial member of several journals. He has also held several national and international appointments, chaired a number of national committees and contributed immensely in the improvement of university education in Nigeria.
He has received a number of national and international awards and honours including the Swedish Anders Fredrik Regnell Award for the break-through study in ‘hypertension, diabetes and obesity’; the Distinguished Service Award from the President of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; a Fellow Royal Society of Medicine from England and a Takemi Fellow in International Health from Harvard School of Public Health in recognition of his work and contribution in the field of medicine.
Professor Ozumba has been responsible for several initiatives, including the introduction of the graduate Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in clinical departments of the College of Medicine, the first of its kind, east of the Niger and facilitating the initiation and accreditation by the National Universities Commission of the first Faculty of Dentistry in eastern and northern Nigeria. Through his charity work, Ozumba has established an NGO responsible for conducting a FREE medical outreach programme for the treatment of rural communities in Nigeria.
Professor Ozumba hails from Abba in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State. He is married to Chinelo Ozumba (née Udokwu) and blessed with five children.
University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Enugu State, Nigeria
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