Bingham University Matriculates 2318 Fresh Intakes Across 12 Faculties
Published on: Jan 21st, 2023
Bingham University matriculated fresh undergraduate and postgraduate students at its 18th Matriculation ceremony into various programmes across its 12 faculties for the 2022/2023 academic session.
The figures represent 1,838 undergraduate and 480 postgraduate students which brings the total to 2,318.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. William Barnabas Qurix, while congratulating the matriculants for gaining admission into the University, informed them that it is an exciting time in their life which is full of new opportunities and experience. He added that Bingham University being a faith-based University has zero tolerance for any form of social vices such as cultism, drug abuse, bullying and others, stressing that anyone found wanting would be sanctioned in accordance with the student handbook. Prof Qurix, implored them to make judicious and optimal use of all opportunities at their disposal during their sojourn in the University.
Prof Qurix charged parents to collaborate with the University in training their children as some student’s behavior tends to be different from the ones they exhibit at home. He added that it is important for parents to stay informed about their children's activities especially online. In a bid to limit the negative influence on the use of mobile phones, Management had to resort to the outright ban of Smart phones in the University. He however said that they are allowed to use laptops.
Speaking on the recent 4th combined convocation ceremony, Prof Qurix stated that during the pre-convocation lecture, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed declared Bingham University as the capital of Entrepreneurship Education in Nigerian Universities. He added that as part of the activities marking the Convocation Ceremony, various projects were commissioned which included a 720 capacity Ultra-Modern student’s hostel, newly modified entrance gate, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences building, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) access road, Nursing Department access road, Administrative block road, PG access road, two new Coaster Buses and Sienna Bus for the Faculties of Pharmacy, Law and Science and Technology.
In the area of collaborations and strategic goals, Prof Qurix stated that the University has continued to collaborate with reputable International and local Institutions such as Sumy State University, Ukraine; Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) UK, University of Wolverhampton UK, and the Global Studio for African Centered Architecture, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, among others. This continues to boost the University’s drive for Research and Transnational learning.
Prof Qurix stated that the National Universities Commission (NUC) unveiled the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) which will provide 70 percent content of curriculum while institutions will provide 30 percent of the content based on their individual contextual peculiarities and characteristics. He added that as an institution, the University is already keying into the 30% in line with the goals of the University “to provide a sound entrepreneurial education for innovation and creativity to all students of Bingham University.” According to Prof. Qurix, students of Business Administration for example will now be required to develop practical business plans as projects.
Speaking on the endowment fund, Prof Qurix stressed the importance of endowment fund to the university. He added that reputable Universities such as Oxford University, Harvard University and Yale University among others, have endowment funds running into tens of billions of Dollars which helps to deal with financial challenges and provides extra revenue to improve teaching, learning, and research facilities. This is why the University adopted it and he urged every parent and guardian to contribute to the fund.
In appreciation, Prof Qurix thanked the Council and Board of Trustees for providing the enabling environment and support for the University to thrive, Management, Senate and Staff for their dedication to work charging them that a lot of work needed to be done as the number of students have also increased.
The Guest Speaker, Dr. Isibor Marvelous Aigbedion who is the Director, Centre of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership Studies in Bingham University, challenged students to be focused in their academic journey and avoid any distractions that might affect their performance. Speaking on the Topic Entrepreneurship, Social Mobility and the Christian View, he stated that there is needed for entrepreneurship education in Universities nationally and globally, this will assist students with the required instructions and information that will make students stand out and occupy their place in life.
Dr. Aigbedion outlined the Christian view based on biblical principles: identify your God’s given purpose, get the Vision right, get instructions with respect to your given purpose, get engaged in your given purpose and be diligent.
In conclusion, he highlighted four things that will make a students a star from Jesse Owen: Determination, Discipline, Dedication and Sacrifice.
High point of the event was the presentation of students by the Deans for matriculation and the administration of matriculation Oath on the students by the
Dr. Esther J. Dyaji.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof W.B Qurix thereafter admitted the students as bonifide students of the University.