CBN spends N6b on ABU Business School
• As 50 Graduates Bag First-class degrees
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has spent about N6b to establish a business school at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, even as 50 out of 8,260 graduating students of the university bagged first-class honours yesterday.
ABU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, who disclosed this during the university’s 40th convocation ceremony held at its main campus, Samaru, Zaria, said of the 8,260 graduating students, 3,600 were post graduates, with a breakdown of 250 PhD and over 2,300 Msc students.
The VC said the business school began as a faculty, hosting accounting, business administration and economics departments, and that the development gave room for expansion and introduction of related academic programmes.
While noting that ABU’s Faculty of Medicine had been transformed into ABU College of Health Sciences, headed by a provost, Garba said: “The college has taken off with four faculties of Basic Clinical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences and Allied Health Sciences. Along with this development is the commencement of three new academic programmes beginning from the 2017/2018 session. These are Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences and B.Sc. Medical Radiography.”
The Vice-Chancellor equally disclosed that the university had introduced e-learning methodology in academic delivery to tackle growth in the number of students, adding that the e-learning was in line with developments in pedagogy and technology.
He disclosed that last year ABU introduced four additional courses in its Department of Mechanical Engineering. “The university has continued to improve and expand the existing facilities for teaching and research within the limit of available resources,” he said.
Garba added that the university was using the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Presidential Need Assessment Intervention Fund to execute the projects.
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