Proposed Michael And Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU)


Historical Background

Ologorun Michael Ibru’s dream of excellence in education which he acquired in his leadership positions at Igbobi as head of cricket, head of house, and school prefect under the tutelage of Canon Parker and Mr. & Mrs. Mason (blessed memory) has escalated to the founding of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU).


The proposed Michael and Cecilia Ibru University is the first educational project of the Michael and Cecilia Foundation (MCF). The proprietors of the Foundation are from families who have been committed to education for the poor as far back as in the 1950s.


The first free private primary school known as “Sido Preparatory Day School” was established in the fifties by the late Magistrate Edward Sido, The Otota of Udu Kingdom.



He later established the Sido College of Commerce in the early nineteen sixties which was later renamed United College of Commerce after joining forces with his friend and business partner, Chief Kagho. Late Chief Edward Sido the father of Dr. Cecilia Ibru; and Late Chief Ogegede Ogekpo, Dr. Cecilia Ibru‟s Grandfather, donated two parcels of land for the establishment of the first primary and first modern school in his village of Aladja in Udu local Government area.


In the 1930s when the education of girls was frowned at, Chief Ogepko sent his only child, Victoria, to school. He urged and encouraged all his grandchildren to do well in school. He used to say in his native Urhobo language “akpo rutcha na, akpo re pene” meaning “the future is the world of the pen” therefore, anyone who is not educated will be lost.


Biology Laboratory

Biology laboratory

The Senate Building
Senate Building

Senate Conference Hall

Senate Conference Hall

Phasing of Academic Programme

The proposed Michael and Cecilia Ibru University will adopt the department and Faculty structures in the organization of its academic programmes. Students will by no means be confined by these structures as they can receive lectures from departments and Faculties other than their own.

A Faculty will consist of teaching departments, institutes and research centres in a related field. It is envisaged that at the ultimate growth, the University will have the following six Faculties:

1. Management & Social Sciences;

2. Natural and Applied Sciences;

3. Humanities;

4. Social Sciences;

5. Law and

6. Engineering.


The establishment of any Faculty is dependent upon availability of human and material resources.

The University Library

The proposed university library is of high grade, spaces abound for reading rooms, journal section, e-library section, name it, and staff offices. For takeoff, at least 100 personal computers are installed in the e-library section.


The central Library is for all students and staff of the proposed University as well as Faculty Libraries specifically for students of that Faculty. While books and journals of all disciplines will be stocked in the Central Library, the Faculty Library will have in stock only materials relevant to the courses offered in that Faculty.

It is envisaged that the library will grow rapidly to meet the challenges of expansion expected in academic programmes development. The Library will also accommodate at least one third of the total population. Efforts will be concentrated in developing the central library in the first three years of existence while the Faculty Libraries will be developed thereafter.

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