Plateau State University (PLASU) Bokkos and Godfrey Okoye (GO) University, Enugu, have formalized a collaborative endeavour through the signing of a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This landmark agreement encompasses the exchange of Staff, Students, and Researchers, periodic reciprocal sharing of books and journal publications, as well as joint research initiatives aimed at fostering academic enrichment.
The signing ceremony, held at GO University over the weekend, saw the Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University, Prof. Bernard Matur, expressing his enthusiasm for this strategic alliance. Prof. Matur described the collaboration as a momentous achievement poised to elevate academic learning across various disciplines. He extended his heartfelt appreciation to the management of Godfrey Okoye University for their commitment to this collaborative venture.
Rev. Fr. Monsignor Francis Ike Obiora, the Pro-Chancellor of Plateau State University, echoed these sentiments, deeming the MOU as a pivotal milestone that promises substantial benefits for both institutions.
In response, Rev Fr. Professor Christian Anieke, the Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, expressed admiration for the significant progress witnessed at PLASU under Prof. Matur's dynamic leadership in the past five months. He conveyed confidence in the potential for a mutually beneficial relationship that will propel both universities to new heights of academic excellence.
Godfrey Okoye University Enugu is a private university belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Nigeria. It is the first university established by a Catholic Diocese in Africa.
The university received its operational licence from the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2009, and so commenced full academic activities in the 2009/2010 academic session with two faculties and with 214 students. Currently, it offers undergraduate programmes in five faculties, all accredited by the National Universities Commission. The university also runs postgraduate programmes in Education, Management and Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences.
Plateau State University on the other hand commenced academic activities in 2007 with four faculties. Under Prof. Matur, it has expanded to eleven faculties with as many as 48 graduate and post-graduate programs.
The new Faculties include the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, and Health Sciences. Just this November, the National Universities Commission granted approval for an additional faculty – the Faculty of Education.
Within the NUC approvals, three new programs are set to launch in the Faculty of Sciences, encompassing the departments of Zoology, Plant Science, and Biotechnology.
This strategic partnership marks a significant chapter in the academic landscape, fostering collaboration, knowledge exchange, and joint research endeavors between Plateau State University and Godfrey Okoye University.
Rafan Dafang James
Personal Assistant to the Vice Chancellor