Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Nigerian Navy Set To Open Admiralty University

Navy Chief of Staff Vice-Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas announced that the Admiralty University of Nigeria (ADUN) will open in October with the launch of diploma programs in three faculties.

The Chief of the Navy, who revealed it at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said the faculties were: arts and social sciences, management sciences and sciences.

He said the university had its main campus in Ibusa, Delta State, as well as additional campuses in Lagos, Sapele and Calabar.

Ibas said the university's permanent campus, which would be located along the Ibusa Ugwashi - Uku Express expressway near Asaba in Delta state, would be fully equipped with academic facilities, scientific laboratories , computer facilities for students.

He stated that the University of Admiralty had been created from a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Nigerian Navy through its investment arm - Navy Holdings and Hellenic Education, an international educational organization .

Ibas, who was represented by Navy Headquarters Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, said that the admission of students to the inaugural class was already under way.

"The university was designed to expand the boundaries of knowledge for the growth and development of humanity, to meet the training needs of the Nigerian navy.

"With those of their related services, with reduced travel abroad for training and the pressure it imposes on currencies.

"The University of the Admiralty of Nigeria will seek knowledge translation to solve the real challenges of our time," he said.

He said the school would also offer pioneering degree programs in emerging fields such as forensic science, cybersecurity and software engineering.

The navy chief said that the faculties of medicine, engineering, law and pharmacy were to begin in 2019.

"A fully equipped health center and comfortable hostels for all students," he said.

He said the university would prepare graduates with the necessary skills in the industries, adding that this would provide a non-traditional teaching and learning environment.

"The lectures will be delivered using reverse class technology, allowing students to access online lectures, notes, books and teaching materials.

"This is in line with the best educational practices as experienced by students at some of the best universities in the United States and Europe," he said.

The Navy Chief also revealed that the university has partnered with universities abroad to increase the number of educational and teaching resources available and accessible to students and faculty.

"Part of this partnership will also allow our students to complete part of their studies here in Nigeria, as well as part of our partner university abroad," he said.

The president of the ADUN, Dr. Pavlos Pavlou, said the new institution would give students the opportunity to train in cybersecurity and forensic science, among other courses.

Pavlou said the university has received more than 18,000 applications for the post of top academics.

He said the applications came from professors who are already working in states and federal universities in the country.

The president said the university was a new institution created to bring best practices to Nigerians.

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