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Langston University, Oklahoma partners with GUU

Langston University, the historically Black educational institution in Oklahoma, has announced that is has signed a  memorandum of understanding with Gregory University, Uturu in Nigeria. Under the agreement, the two universities agree to cooperative on research projects and to engage in student and faculty exchanges. Langston University has agreed to appoint visiting scholars to provide hands-on leadership for the effort on the Gregory University, Uturu campus.

Gregory N. Price, acting dean of the business school at Langston University, told JBHE that “the agreement will facilitate research/educational/programmatic collaboration between the two universities, enabling both to globalize their institutions in a mutually beneficial way.

The first collaboration will likely involve GUU business students taking courses during a summer semester at Langston University. Given how the entrepreneurship focus of LU’s business program aligns with the job creation imperatives of Nigerian economic policy, it is expected that both GUU and LU students will benefit from the exchange.”

GUU MATRICULATES 117 SCHOLARS

Freshmen of Gregory University Uturu have been enjoined to pursue excellence while maintaining high academic standards in order to attain global relevance.Speaking during the second matriculation ceremony of the institution which took place recently,the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission,Prof Julius Okojie admonished the scholars to be true ambassadors of their parents
by shunning such destructive vices as immorality,cultism and examination fraud.The Executive Secretary who spoke through Mrs Florence Asamandan,the commission’s Deputy Director,Research,Administration and Planning,urged the management of GUU to position the institution for global competitiveness by running programmes that are in line with global trends. Earlier in an address the Vice Chancellor of the university,Prof Juliet Elu informed the gathering that the founding fathers of the institution had from inception put in place an all embrasive academic curriculum that equips the students with skills and competences to enable them become global leaders even while in school.She therefore enjoined the freshmen to abide by their matriculation oath,warning that erring scholars will be disciplined accordingly.
Also speaking,the Chancellor and Proprietor of GUU,Dr Gregory Ibe welcomed the new scholars and urged them to strive to be the best in order to benefit from some of the institution’s reward packages.He charged them to take advantage of the school’s linkage programme with foreign universities,that would enable them study for eight weeks in such ivy league institutions as Morehouse College Atlanta and Tuskegee University Alabama,all in the USA.
A total of one hundred and seventeen freshmen from six colleges took part in the matriculation exercise that also witnessed a large turn out of guardians and relations of the celebrants.

GUU Participates in International Summit, Consolidates Linkages

In keeping with the vision of becoming an international centre of academic excellence,top management officials of Gregory University Uturu just returned from Philadelphia USA where they participated in the popular annual Allied Social Science Association Conference.  With participants drawn from prominent instituions in the US and Europe,United Nations Agencies,World Bank and International Monetary Fund,the annual conference serves the purpose of providing a meeting point for high level economists and financial experts from around the world to interact and appraise emerging global trends relating to the industry.Having the form of a financial market fair,the summit also presents a platform for institutions to re-strategize on their training programmes for economic scholars and shop for high caliber teaching personnel to strenghten their faculty.

This year`s edition of the annual conference took place at the prestigious Marriot Hotel in Philadelphia attracting over ten thousand participants.The delegation from GUU was led by the Vice Chancellor Prof Juliet Elu and the Registrar Dr Austin Orisakwe.Speaking to journalists on their return to Nigeria,the Registrar Dr Orisakwe stated that the trip afforded them the opportunity of fine tuning the bilateral linkage agreement Gregory University Uturu currently has with some key ivy league colleges in the US.Speaking further he revealed that during the trip they were able to conclude arrangements for the academic excursion of some students of Gregory University Uturu to these ivy league colleges”in line with the student exchange programme  our institution currently operates with them”

According to the Registrar”as a result of this development the linkage programme is expected to commence this year with an initial delegation of GUU students traveling to the US during the summer for a two months exchange exercise”.

It will be recalled that Gregory University Uturu entered into a mutually beneficial linkage agreement with Tuskegee University Alabama and Morehouse College Atlanta last year.

GUU Chancellor Charges Scholarship Board To be Fishers Of Men

Members of the implementation committee of Gregory Ibe Scholarship Scheme(GIISS) have been charged to ensure the effective mobilization of all indigent Abia undergraduate students for possible selection in the 2013/2014 academic year awards.Addressing members of the committee recently during a consultative meeting,the Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu,who is also the initiator of the scheme,Dr Gregory Ibe,urged them to embark on aggressive grassroots advocacy campaigns throughout the state to sensitize and mobilize the real beneficiaries of the scholarship package.

Speaking further Dr Ibe directed the GIISS Implementation committee members to, in liaison with the management of Gregory University Uturu,conduct screening for the applicants in order to select the most qualified candidates,stressing that efforts should be intensified to ensure that the brilliant but indigent students are given preference.Asserting that the scholarship scheme is designed to run in phases in order to benefit all levels of Abia students in primary and secondary school levels,Dr Ibe announced the donation of different subjects text books,cartons of chalk and exercise books worth fifty million Naira for distribution to recipients through the state ministry of education.He therefore charged the committee to initiate practical partnerships with different stakeholders in the education sector in order to realize the objectives of the scheme.

Responding on behalf of the five member implementation committee,the chairman Bishop Ugochukwu Ezuoke lauded the Chancellor for the initiative which according to him is patterned after the Chinese maxim of“teaching one to fish in preference to dashing him fish`.He therefore pledged the willingness of the committee to travel the length and breath of the state in order to identify and mobilize deserving beneficiaries of the scheme,stating that screening of applicants had already been fixed to hold on the last weekend of February.The meeting had in attendance members of GIISS Implementation Committee including Bishop Nelson Eke,Bishop Nathan Kanu,Bishop Lucius Ugorji and HRH Eze Uwadiegwu Ogbonnaya.

GUU Management inaugurates Guardian Forum

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As a way of bridging the gap between the authorities of Gregory University Uturu and parents of her students, the management of the institution has set up a Guardian Forum.Speaking during the inauguration of the forum recently at the campus,the Chancellor Dr Gregory Ibe stated that parents are partners with the university management in the task of producing ethically sound graduates. He appreciated the parents for sponsoring their wards to the university and assured them of the preparedness of management to mould and mentor their children to greatness.

In their separate speeches the Vice Chancellor Prof Juliet Elu, represented by the DVC Prof Vincent Imo and the Registrar Dr Austin Orisakwe, highlighted the vision of the institution which is encapsulated in the good desire to “be a global centre of spiritual, moral and academic excellence that applies internationally accepted best practices and equipment in the training of world acclaimed entrepreneurs”.

Responding the parents lauded the university management for creating the platform and pledged their readiness to contribute their quota in the task of achieving the aims of the forum.

Correspondent reports that a large number of GUU parents from across the country attended the event.

Dr Greg Ibe Commends Gov. T.A Orji

The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Dr Gregory Ibe has commended the Governor of Abia state Chief Theodore Orji for ensuring the return of peace and security in the state.
Speaking recently in Umuahia Dr Ibe lauded the Governor’s water-tight security measures that have resulted in the lifting of the travel embargo imposed on the state by the US embassy in Nigeria.
Going back memory lane the Chancellor recalled the harrowing days of insecurity when lawlessness reigned supreme in the state resulting in unprecedented economic loss and capital flight. He averred that it was as a result of this chaotic situation that the US embassy placed a travel embargo on Abia and thanked the Governor for confronting the menace headlong by putting in place a proactive security mechanism that has helped return peace to the once troubled state.
Dr Ibe therefore enjoined fleeing investors who had abandoned the state to come back and help rebuild the economic fortunes of the state and in his words “return Abia to her glory days as the Japan of Africa”.

IGBO UTURU CULTURAL CARNIVAL 2013

Dr. Greg Ibe, the initiator of Igbo (Uturu) cultural carnival, has appealed to the governors of the South east to identify with the event designed to save the Igbo culture from going extinct.

Ibe made the appeal on Saturday an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Uturu in Abia, while evaluating the performance of the just-concluded sixth edition of the Igbo Uturu Cultural Carnival which took place at Gregory University, Uturu in Abia.

Reacting to the absence of the governors at the event, Ibe said that he was surprised that even the state governor, Chief Theodore Orji, did not attend the programme.

” I’m surprised that in this year’s edition, my governor did not come or send anybody because he promised that he would come;
The other years, he sent his representative,” he said.

He further said: ‘’The sixth edition of the Igbo (Uturu) cultural carnival has come and gone and we keep counting.

‘’We are disturbed that up until now the recognition we have been seeking, thinking that somebody would hear our clarion call for support has not come, nobody is thinking about it.

‘’We are not happy that the governors did not come but it did not deny us anything from achieving our goal because we have been doing it at the private sector level,’’ Ibe said.

He expressed belief in God that his aim of initiating the carnival, which was to sustain the transmission of the Igbo culture from the present to future generations, was not in vain.

 ‘’Today, culture is being celebrated, people are happy and the young is documenting what we are doing.

 ‘’And because culture is being passed from the old to the young, tomorrow will be fair to us and history will judge us well in what we are doing.

‘’May be man might not see it now but we are doing our utmost best as God has directed,’’ he said.

Ibe expressed delight over the recognition accorded the event by the Federal Government, along with the Igbo-Ukwu carnival, as the only cultural carnivals in the zone.

He pointed out that at the inception of the event six years ago, there was no such cultural carnival in the South east.

He also expressed joy over the improvement in the organisation and increased number of participating states in the carnival from 13 in the fifth edition to 16.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that different kinds and colours of masquerades and cultural dancing troupes performed at the carnival, which theme was ‘’Ibu anyi danda’’ (meaning the resilience and indomitable strength of the Igboman.’’

Ibe noted that God had always rewarded the Igbo man with huge success in his vocations and determination to succeed in life.

The Chancellor explained that the ceremony was organised as ‘’our contribution to the cultural heritage of mankind‘’.

He described the celebration of a people’s culture as ‘’the celebration of their history, civilisation and the totality of their way of life’’.

Also speaking at the occasion, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike, Director, Igbo Renaissance at the Gregory University, Uturu (GUU), Abia, said on Saturday that the university would soon introduce the Igbo language as a compulsory course in the second year.

Madubuike announced this at Uturu during the 6th edition of the Igbo (Uturu) Cultural Carnival, which held at the university.

“By the next two years, the university plans to introduce the Igbo language as a compulsory subject for all students in the second year.

“Whether you are Yoruba, Hausa or Efik, you must take Igbo as a compulsory subject, in spite of your area of specialisation,’’ he said.

Madubuike described the Igbo language as the ‘’soul of the culture of Ndigbo,’’ adding that the disappearance of the language would mean the ultimate death of the culture.

Earlier, the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra state, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, called for concerted efforts by people of the South-East to save the Igbo language from going extinct.

Ekwueme, who was the chairman of the carnival, expressed regret that the Igbo language was under serious threat, due to the decline in its usage as a means of communication in various families.

He noted that many families of Igbo origin preferred to communicate in foreign languages, especially the English language, with their children.

“More often, nowadays, you find many parents communicating with their children and relations in the English language, rather than the Igbo language,’’ he said.

Ekwueme regretted that the development was capable of endangering the Igbo language, if not promptly checked.

The monarch, who was a former Minister of Education, commended the Chancellor of the University, Dr. Greg Ibe, for initiating the carnival.

“Anything that is done to encourage the sustenance of the Igbo language and culture would be encouraged,” he said.

Ekwueme noted that the event would add value to similar efforts designed to re-establish and reinforce the Igbo culture.

He urged governors in the zone to rally support toward the sustenance of the culture and the language of Ndigbo by identifying with the carnival.

Prof. Barth Chukwuezi, a director in the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, expressed delight that the Igbo cultural heritage and artefacts could be found in abundance in Uturu.

Chukwuezi, who is the Head, Educational Services and Training, said that the commission often encouraged the people to communicate in their native languages during its outreach programmes.

He noted that the Igbo language ranked among the few native languages in the country facing serious threats of possible extinction and called for urgent steps to stem the tide.

“Once a people’s language and culture go extinct, then the people literally cease to exist,’’ Chukwuezi said.

He advised parents to encourage the use of the Igbo language in their homes, as a major means of communication with their offspring, to save the language from dying.

The initiator and sponsor of the carnival said that the objective of the yearly event was to provide a platform for the transmission of Igbo culture from one generation to another, among others.

He said that the theme of this year’s carnival: ‘’Ibu anyi danda’’ (meaning ‘’resilience and the indomitable spirit’’) of Ndigbo, underscored the numerous challenges and struggles faced by the Igbo man.

CAROL NIGHT IN GUU

As the mood of Christmas spreads around the world, the university community won’t be left out in such places where preparations are made by individuals to share gifts with their loved ones. The entire staff and scholars of GUU can testify of the wonder of the choristers who performed during the Carol night service. The reluctant cheers of the audience began to crescendo as the comedians and actors did what they knew how to do best.

The DVC, Prof Imo in his speech during the event expressed his joy when he showered praises to the ”ANGELIC VOICES” Choir for their wonderful performance and also reached out to appreciate the relentless effort every member of staff and scholar contributed in making the event a success. He concluded by bidding the scholars farewell as they travel for the Christmas holidays.

GUU CHANCELLOR COMMISSIONS ATM ON CAMPUS

The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Dr Gregory Ibe has challenged banks in Nigeria to evolve and articulate more financial solutions to the problems militating against the attainment of the educational goals of the country.
Speaking while commissioning an Automated Teller Machine installed in Gregory University Uturu by Keystone Bank,Dr Ibe praised the’ initiative and sense of purpose in providing this much needed banking solution to our young institution’. According to him,prior to the development,staff and scholars of the university had the difficulty of commuting long distances to meet their banking needs and charged the bank to diversify her banking partnership with GUU to other areas.
Earlier in their seperate speeches the General Manager South and Divisional Head South East 2, Leo Ezugwu and Noris Okafor respectively solicited the bank’s continued partnership wih GUU and implored members of the university community to put the ATM to good use.

3rd International Igbo Symposium

Christians have been enjoined to emulate the dogged pioneering spirit that characterized the life and ministry of the late Archdeacon Thomas John Dennis.
Speaking during the third international symposium on the union Igbo Boible,which took place recently at Gregory University Uturu,the Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese Rt.Rev Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okoroafor challenged Christians, especially those of Igbo extraction ,to ensure the realisation and sustenance of the vision that propelled the missionary exploits of the late expatriate cleric

     Delivering a keynote address,the Registrar of Gregory University Uturu,Dr Austin Orisakwe traced the history of the compilation of the union Igbo Bible to the need of having a version of the Holy Scripture that”could be read all over Igbo land just as one bible was used everywhere in Yoruba land”According to him,that burden inspired the posting of Archdeacon Dennis to Owerri by the Church Missionary Society.Speaking further the Registrar stated that on arriving Egbu in1906,Archdeacon Dennis laboured tirelessly translating and compiling the union Igbo bible but  lost his life in a shipwreck n 1917 while travelling back to England to publish the work.He however concluded by revealing that the work miraculously survived the shipwreck being strapped to the body of the cleric and was later found and subsequently published. In a charge,the convener of the symposium Dr Uche Uwaezuoke Okonkwo admonished Christians to immortalize the invaluable achievements of Archdeacon Dennis ,stressing that tangible monuments should be erected in his memory.  The event which was attended by a host of clergymen from Egbu Diocese of he Anglican communion,academic historians from many universities and traditional rulers was also used to rededicate the union Igbo bible.In their separate speeches,conference speakers at the symposium lauded the patriotic zeal of Archdeacon Dennis in the herculean task of producing the union Igbo bible and commended the management of Gregory University Uturu  for hosting the event,stating that the institution is fast becoming an international centre of academic excellence.