The Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) celebrates 20 years of improving the quality of education in Africa.
PAU has a well-deserved reputation, locally and internationally, as an institution that provides world-class education.
The institution, in its continued pursuit of excellence, has won £150 million from the School of Science and Technology (SST).
The University organized a media talk on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 as part of the events commemorating the twenty years of its existence.
In her address, Professor Enase Okonedo, Vice-Chancellor of the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU), explained how the university became a one-school institution.
She said that PAU now has six main units and a museum.
Professor Okonedo described the School of Science and Technology as the newest in the neighborhood, as the school is the newest unit of the university.
In his words: “The Pan-Atlantic University has a strong Christian identity. The truths shared by the Pan-Atlantic University as an institution are not only common to Christianity, but to other religions. The university has a strong pluralism and aims to approach the education of students freely and with freedom.
Also speaking, Professor Chris Ogbechie, Dean of Lagos Business School (LBS), described LBS as the child who gave birth to his mother. LBS was founded thirty years ago; Ten years before PAU.
He said that from the beginning, Lagos Business School was and continues to be a world-class school that develops responsible leaders in management. For this reason, LBS puts a lot of emphasis on two areas which are business ethics and sustainability.
These two key areas are included in all LBS programs to ensure that the core values of integrity, professionalism, spirit of service, mutual respect and community are maintained and lived. The LBS MBA is ranked number one in Africa.
Dr. Peter Bamkole, Director of the Enterprise Development Center (EDC), also explained how program participants’ journeys at EDC are unique.
Speaking on mentorship, the principal said the school operates a model of monitoring students after graduation to ensure they are on the right track.
According to him, ethics is a course taught in all EDC programs and instilled in the minds of business owners.
Dr. Sola Oni, Dean of the School of Management and Social Sciences, also spoke about the impact of the mentorship that students receive during their studies at university and after they leave.
Dr. Darlington Agholor, Dean of the School of Science and Technology (SST), discussed further the development of SST and how PAU’s mission – to develop competent professionals, relates to the objective of OSH. All undergraduate degrees offered by SST ensure the practical application of student learning.
Dwelling on the needs of the university, Dr. Aghor highlighted the lack of infrastructure as a major challenge.
“This lack of infrastructure has hampered innovation and creativity. Our goal is to develop engineers who can solve problems at the speed of light, but without the proper infrastructure this will be a challenge.
“The conviction is that we must develop engineers capable of solving many problems. What we are doing is building the confidence of our engineers, but we will need a lot of funding for equipment and others to achieve that,” he added.
According to him, the university has just invested about ₦150 million in the engineering department to ensure practical work, not just theory, so that it can produce the best.
Dr. Ngozi Okpara, Acting Dean of the School of Media and Communications, spoke about the ethics and value of freedom in nurturing competent professionals and ensuring that students have a platform to present what theyre doing.
In addition, Dr. Peter Bamkole spoke of plans to open an innovation hub on campus. “It will be a space where companies or individuals can contribute ideas and real-world business problems for students and researchers to work on and solve.”
In summary, the Pan-Atlantic University has many accomplishments over the years. The university strives to continue to do more by investing in the local community, contributing to the success of individuals and businesses, and developing capable professionals.