Coal City University set to advance coal research and entrepreneurial skills in Nigeria

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THE newly established Coal City University, CCU, Enugu, has vowed to live up to its name and stand out from the crowd through concerted energy research on the development and use of clean coal.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Malachy Okwueze made the disclosures at the maiden matriculation ceremony of the institution in Enugu.

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He said that the university would leverage on the abundant coal deposits in Enugu State, to develop a module on coal as an alternative source of power supply.
The VC also said that the institution would want its graduates to be ambassadors of change in the country with a view to becoming relevant globally.He said that entrepreneurial studies would be entrenched in all the courses offered in the institution and that the graduates would have no reason to fail the country.

“All our programmes are entrepreneurial oriented and our students are expected to spend between eight to 10 weeks in an identified enterprise during vacation,” he said.

The university prides itself as the cheapest private university in Nigeria, through highly subsidized school fees of N198, 000 per session inclusive of on-campus accommodation, and urged prospective students all over the world to avail themselves of the opportunity of learning in its serene campus with standard tutorial staff and state of the art equipment.

“One of the greatest challenges of private universities is affordability but at N198, 000 tuition fees; including hostel accommodation, we present to you the most affordable private university in the country,” he said.

The Pro-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Chinedu Nebo, said that the institution was established to be a centre of excellence.

Nebo, a former Minister of Power, urged the matriculating students to pursue education that was consistent with the Coal City.

Also, the Chancellor of the institution, Chief Chinedu Ani, said that the establishment of the institution had been a long and tortuous journey.

Ani said that the journey started in 2004 when the president of the institution, the late Prof. Stan Ani, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, applied for the licence.

He said that the late priest was a promoter of adopting critical research in finding solutions to the myriad of challenges facing Africa.

The chancellor said that the institution was modelled after the aspirations of the priest.

Ani announced the institution of a prize for the overall best regular student as a means of promoting scholarship in the institution.

He said that the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Aggregate of not less than 4.5 at the end of the first session would be given full scholarship until graduation.

“This will be called the Chancellor Scholarship Award and I want you to seize this opportunity and aim at the best,” Ani said.

No fewer than 85 students participated in the matriculation ceremony.

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