From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Skyline University Nigeria (SUN), Kano, on Monday matriculated its first batch of 200 students, with a concept to groom graduates that can compete with their counterparts across the world in terms of technology and academic prowess.
An affiliate of Skyline University College (SUC) based in United Arab Emirates (UAE), the institution which is less than one year old in Nigeria, has also promised to invest in modern research that can reshape agricultural development in Nigeria.
The Vice Chancellor of SUN, Dr. Prana Krishna Biswas, said the University was in Nigeria to help build the needed human resources that can facilitate the socio-economic development of Nigeria, through skills, intellects and technology.
According to him, even though the National University Commission (NUC) has approved for the admission of 500 students in its maiden batch, the institution matriculated 200 students, while another 300 students would be admitted in January, 2019.
He stated that, SUN, which started in Nigeria in 2018, was not an entirely new University, pointing out that, it has 28 years rich experience in Skyline University College (SUC) based in UAE.
According to him, the pioneer students are part of history, noting that, “I must congratulate the students for having taken this momentous opportunity to be part of this University in this part of the country.
“We are multi-cultural. Our aim is that every child must have access to education; every citizen must have access to education. When you have the knowledge and you are well-educated, you don’t need to depend on the government.
“We have aligned ourselves with the needs of Nigeria. Nigeria needs development; and we have a goal to provide a dynamic economic system for Nigeria through offering educational programmes that bring changes in tone with the environment.”
The Vice Chancellor charged the matriculating students to promote integrity, high ethical standard, honesty, compassion, fairness and ethical behaviour both in the classrooms and beyond, at all times.
He added that, SUN was prepared to, “be a multi-disciplinary, teaching and research university with an aim to be a leading international institution of higher learning driven by technology to build multicultural environment for all its stakeholders that commit to nurture creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship which can sustain social development.”
According to him, the University is well-equipped to offer over 50 Courses accredited by NUC, adding that the students are bound to enjoy modern facilities such as e-books, world-class library, digitalized class rooms, laboratories, and other research facilities found in first-class universities across the world.