Hallmark varsity births, begins lectures in October

By Chris Irekamba |   11 July 2015   |   2:01 am  

DR. LEILA FOWLER has moved from worrying about Nigerian educational system to being proactive. She recently unveiled Hallmark University, Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State, as part of her contributions towards providing qualitative education for Nigerian youths and also to create space for more people to acquire university education in the country.

Commending Fowler for her vision, stakeholders at the event called on university authorities across the country to create programmes that would not only make their students change agents, but to also create rooms for qualified students to have university education.

Speaking at the unveil, Dr. Fowler said the school’s mission statement is to pursue excellence and to inculcate the virtue of excellence in the students. She noted that an average Nigerian child has the potential to excel if placed in the right environment.

Recalling reasons she ventured into education Fowler said: “There is dire need for education in the country, and apart from the fact that I love Nigeria, those who have gone outside the country confided in us that they didn’t get enough training as expected, so that motivated me to float the institution. We aim at giving holistic education to our students, to enable them excel in any chosen endeavour.”

According the school’s Board of Trustees (BoT) chairman, Prof. Adebayo Dada Akinde, the school hopes to recapture the excellence that was the symbol of university education in the 60s and 70s, before things went haywire. He assured parents/guardians that the school would produce students that would meet the manpower need of the country.

“We are committed to excellence. In fact, there is Internet connectivity that will help students to study at ease. Every student will have opportunity to learn and grow at his or her pace and will respect the dignity of labour,” he said.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Segun Odunola, disclosed that the school would begin lectures in October 2015.

National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted the school provisional license to run three faculties —- natural and applied science, management and social sciences. Other faculties such as engineering, environmental technology, agriculture and natural resources will commence later.

Present at the event were members of the school’s BoT, comprising Pro-chancellor/chairman, Governing Council, Prof. Wale Omole; Mr. Babatunde Fowler; Chief Olubukola Ajomo; Major Kehinde Damole (rtd); Barrister Kehinde Akinsanya, among others.

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