The Academic City University College has held its third matriculation ceremony to formally welcome its newly admitted freshmen and women to the university.
A total of about 100 students made up of nationals from 15 different African countries have enrolled for the 2020/2021 academic year to pursue Academic City’s uniquely designed science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) based academic disciplines.
Speaking at the ceremony, the President and Provost of the university, Prof. Fred McBagonluri, congratulated the newly admitted students on meeting the requirement to be part of the Academic City community and urged them to fully participate in all campus activities to enable them to build the necessary credentials to succeed after school.
He assured the students of the university’s commitment to offer them the best campus experience and innovative academic programmes tailored towards preparing and equipping them with the necessary skills and professional training to help them become relevant and competitive in the job market.
“Our innovation and entrepreneurial thinking are deemed core to a student’s foundational learning and development, and hence are designed into our programmes to create leaders of thought and initiators of ideas,” he further explained.
Since its inception in 2018, Academic City has proven its resolve to change the narrative for higher education in Africa and is committed to providing the best education attainable anywhere in the world.
As a forward thinking educational institution committed to nurturing students for the jobs of the future, the university recently announced the introduction of its two new degree programmes in Robotics and Biomedical Engineering. The university is the first in West Africa to offer a degree in Robotics Engineering.
According to Prof. McBagonluri, the university carefully thought through its decision to introduce the courses, with the aim to develop the capabilities and competencies of the youth in the field of Robotics and Biomedical Engineering to help solve problems locally.
He further explained that the programmes would adopt an integrated approach to learning and incorporate Artificial Intelligence and other Engineering and Computer Science courses.
Speaking on behalf of the matriculants, a Computer Engineering student, Mr Yineteili Tioyem Abii, expressed their delight in gaining admission to the university and gave an assurance of their commitment to abide by the rules and regulations governing the university.
He said he was optimistic that Academic City would provide them with the requisite skills so they could contribute meaningfully to the development of the African continent.
Mr Abii admonished his colleagues to work assiduously to achieve excellence in their academic journey.
“I implore all of us present today not to stray from our goal but we should always strive to achieve distinction in our daily lives”, he noted.