Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) is celebrating 20 Years of elevating quality education in Africa.
PAU has a well-earned reputation, locally and internationally, as an institution that provides world class education.
The institution in its continuous quest for excellence has made fresh ₦150 million in the School of Science and Technology (SST).
The University organised a media parley on Wednesday June 22, 2022 as part of the events commemorating twenty years of its existence.
In her remarks, Professor Enase Okonedo, Vice-Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), explained how the university evolved into an institution with one school.
She said PAU now has six Main Units and a museum.
Prof. Okonedo described the School of Science and Technology as the latest kid on the block, as the school is the newest unit in the university.
In her words: “Pan-Atlantic University has a strong Christian identity. The truths Pan-Atlantic University shares as an institution are not only common to Christianity but other religions. The university has a strong pluralism and aims to approach the education for students in freedom and with freedom.”
Also speaking, Professor Chris Ogbechie, the Dean of Lagos Business School (LBS), described LBS as the child that gave birth to its mother. LBS was founded thirty years ago; Ten years before PAU.
He said that from the onset, Lagos Business School has and continues to be a world-class school that develops responsible leaders in management. Because of this, LBS places lots of emphasis on two areas which are Business Ethics and Sustainability.
These two key areas are included in all programmes at LBS to ensure that the core values of integrity, professionalism, a spirit of service, mutual respect and community are upheld and lived out. The LBS MBA is rated number one in Africa.
Dr Peter Bamkole, Director of The Enterprise Development Center (EDC), also explained how the journey for programme attendees at EDC is unique.
Speaking on mentoring, the Director said that the school operates a model of following up with the students post-graduation to ensure they are on the right path.
According to him, ethics is a course taught across all EDC programmes and instilled into the minds of business owners.
Dr Sola Oni, the Dean of the School of Management and Social Sciences, also discussed the impact of the mentoring that students receive in the course of their studies at the university and once they leave.
Dr Darlington Agholor, the Dean of the School of Science and Technology (SST), further discussed the development of SST and how the mission of PAU- to build competent professionals, ties in with the aim of SST. All undergraduate degrees offered by SST ensure the practical application of student learnings.
Dwelling on areas of need for the varsity, Dr Aghor stressed that lack of infrastructure has been a major challenge.
“This lack of infrastructure has hindered innovations and creativities. Our target is to develop engineers that can solve problems at the speed of light, but without adequate infrastructure, this will be a challenge.
“The believe is that we must develop engineers that can solve lots of problems. What we are doing is to build the confidence of our engineers, but we will need lots of fundings for equipment and others to get this done,” he added.
According to him, the varsity just invested about ₦150 million in the engineering department to ensure practicals, not just theories, to be able to churn out the best.
Dr Ngozi Okpara, Acting Dean of the School of Media and Communications, touched upon the ethics and value of freedom in building competent professionals and ensuring students get a platform to showcase what they do.
In addition, Dr Peter Bamkole mentioned plans for opening an innovation hub on campus. “This will be a space where businesses or individuals can bring real-life business ideas and issues for students and researchers to work on and solve.”
In Summary, Pan-Atlantic University has many accomplishments over the years. The university endeavours to continue to do more by investing in the local community, contributing to the success of individuals and businesses, and building competent professionals.