The Claretian University of Nigeria (CUN), Nekede, near Owerri, Friday, held its maiden matriculation for its 71 pioneer students.
The Vice Chancellor of the privately-owned institution, Rev. Fr. Wenceslaus Madu, said the university took off with two of the four schools approved by the National Universities Commission in November 2021.
Madu said the institution presently offer Computing Sciences major (Cyber Security, Information Technology, Software Engineering and Computer Science), Philosophy major, and Economic Sciences (Economics, Accounting, Criminology and Security Studies).
He congratulated the students and their parents for their courage to enroll in the university, in spite not being captured in the JAMB brochure for the 2021/2022 academic year.
“Your courage will be fully rewarded with excellence,” he said.
He said the university had initiated a “cost-sharing student-work programme” to enable indigent students to earn some money to support themselves, while studying at the university.
“The institution plans to establish additional cost-sharing programmes to make the cost of attending the university affordable to more people, through grants and tuition discounts, students’ loans and endowed scholarship programmes,” Madu further said.
According to him, the university was founded on sound Christian principles.
He said that religious and spiritual upbringing of students play significant roles in shaping their moral values and orientation.
“Raising new generation of leaders in Nigeria is only possible in a God-animated environment.
“CUN seeks to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which our students can develop their potential, deepen their understanding of the world, and engage with the wider community to realise God’s justice and peace for all,” Madu said.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen on the sideline of the ceremony, the traditional ruler of Nekede Kingdom, Eze Stephen Agumanu, lauded the siting of the institution in his domain.
Agumanu expressed the hope that the ongoing ASUU strike would be resolved to bring students back to their academic pursuit. (NAN)