On Friday 22nd March 2019, the Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) community celebrated the institution’s Foundation Day and the 3rd Matriculation Ceremony. The ceremony started with a beautiful performance by the Michael and Cecilia Foundation Demonstration Schools (MCFDS) orchestra, as the matriculants marched in for the academic procession.
Parents and guests were welcomed to the event with an opera performance and a performance by the MCFDS Orchestra, the matriculants were all looking dashing in their various wears as they graced the occasion. Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, Director General, Institute for National Transformation (INT) the keynote lecturer on; National and Behavior Transformation stated “that the increasing levels of insecurity, poverty, and uncertainties heightened by the inconclusive, suspended, and recounting votes and yet to be completed 2019 national and state elections, shows that it is not all well with our nation. We need transformation, this transformation should start with our Educational sector, has the educational sector is in dire straits and would require the intervention of both public and private sectors’ stakeholders if it is to fulfill its function of preparing Nigeria to compete in the global economy”.
To ensure that Nigeria has the labour force that is highly skilled, innovative and globally competitive, the government must ensure that the Nigerian education curricular is tied to the national vision, that it be fit for purpose of character and 21st Century skill development towards national transformation; that the Education Sector be led by competent and disciplined professionals who are appointed on merit; that student assessment be knowledge-application based, that there should be significant private sector intervention projects through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs); and that native intelligence be explored and developed. He advised the students to take time to develop themselves in their specific fields keeping in mind that they are future leaders. To read full speech Click Here
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape during her address stated that University, having passed the accreditation exercise conducted by the National University Commission (NUC), has gotten full accreditation and now looks to introduce more courses in the University. While looking forward to the University maiden convocation ceremony, she congratulated the matriculants and advised that they make use of the privilege they have, to shun vices: examination malpractice, cultism, sexual harassment, drug addiction etc.
The class of 2023 “FUTURE STARS” were formally congratulated after the Registrar Dr. T.N Kolo administered the matriculation oath. The students were wished well in all their endeavours by the members of the governing council.
The Co-founder/ visitor Dr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ibru thanked parents and guests for honouring the University’s invitation, wishing them a save trip to their various destinations.