The Vice Chancellor of Claretian University of Nigeria CUN, Rev. Fr. Dr. Wenceslaus Madu has said that the Institution will focus on Healthcare services, and Agricultural production suitable for 21st century, amongst other areas.
The VC made this disclosure during a media parley with Ozisa FM, a Radio station in Owerri, Imo State. According to him, CUN began full academic activities last year following its approval by the National Universities Commission NUC. He noted that the Institution is coming at a time when the number of students seeking admission outweighs the number of universities in the country.
It is coming at a time when there is need for more institutions in the country. So CUN has come to fill the needed gaps in the university sector. Apart from filling such gap, CUN is coming to ensure stability in the university system where there will be no consistent strikes and paucity of academic activities.
The VC stressed that CUN would focus on training people for skilled manpower in their different disciplines who will then go head-on in tackling the problems of the society. “Our areas of interest will be Healthcare services and Agricultural production for food security.”
He explained that the university would bring about improvement in terms of manpower development in healthcare and Agricultural production for food security without necessarily going into genetically modified crops and animals. According to him, the University will promote a centre of excellence in agriculture with a strong focus on bringing up African indigenous knowledge in Agriculture. “Who says we cannot preserve our food, who says we cannot produce more cassava, who says we cannot process them, who says we cannot market them, who says we cannot give them secondary value. These are interests that Claretian University will pursue in other to bring about change,” he said.
The VC further said that the university will incorporate adequate entrepreneurial studies in its curriculum which will make students employers of labour after graduation. And the students must merit any certificate issued to them upon graduation both in character and learning.
From Public Relations Unit,
Claretian University of Nigeria, CUN.