Chrisland University (CLU), the University arm of Chrisland Schools Limited actually began on September 17, 2015. Established by a seasoned educationist and administrator, High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Winifred Awosika, OON, who has a vision of imparting the educational sector positively, the institution opened its doors with only seven students. High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Winifred Awosika, OON had always nurtured the dreams of establishing new educational levels every ten years with a vision to be at the forefront of private education in Nigeria, and having a leadership position from kindergarten to tertiary level. Her dreams were brought to life when she established the Nursery section which she started by educating not more than seven pupils in her own kitchen. She however got more pupils and there was a need for expansion. In another ten years, she established the Secondary School section, and the Pre-degree College after ten years, and these sections have grown into large citadel of learning. Chrisland Schools which was founded in 1977 remains the largest privately owned educational institution in Nigeria.
There was a slight delay as the University arm could not be established after the ten years just as the founder planned. But the dream came alive in 2015, and the University was granted full operational license to operate as a private university in Nigeria, in year 2019 by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s National Universities Commission.
The University commenced with two Colleges- College of Arts, Management, and Social Sciences, and College of Natural and Applied Sciences. The College of Basic Medical Sciences became the third college in 2019, while College of Law is upcoming. The incumbent Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Mrs. Chinedum Peace Babalola, FAS, championed full accreditation of nine (9) programmes (Business Administration, Economics, Accounting, Criminology & Security Studies, Psychology, Computer Science, Political Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry) presented for the 2018 NUC Accreditation. Three programmes (Mass Communication, Banking and Finance, and International Relations) which were presented for NUC accreditation in 2021 got full accreditation also in 2021.
The first batch of seven students arrived in 2015 and their matriculation ceremony was presided over by the Chancellor/Founder, High Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Winifred Awosika, OON. By 2019, when it graduated the first set of Bachelor of Science degree holders in its own name, enrolment included students taking Accounting, Criminology and Security Studies, Psychology, and Computer Science. The maiden convocation ceremony took place on 1st November, 2019, and the former Governor of Anambra State and business magnate, Peter Obi was the Guest Speaker, while the eminent Professor, Prof. Peter Okebukola was the Convocation Lecturer. The occasion was chaired by Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs. Miss. Lauretta Onemu from the Psychology Department emerged as the overall best graduating student with a CGPA of 5.00.
The second Convocation Ceremony on November 26, 2020 marked the 5th Anniversary of the Institution. The Guest Speaker who gave the convocation lecture, Her Excellency, Prof. Mrs. Sarah Anyang Agbor, the Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission, spoke extensively on a reflective perspective of leadership, sustainable growth, and national building in Africa. The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was the Chairman of the ceremony. The University graduated 28 students during the second Convocation Ceremony as Miss. Folashade Kikelomo Mary from Biochemistry emerged the overall best graduating student with a CGPA of 4.80.
At the University’s 5th Matriculation Ceremony in 2020, no fewer than 148 students were sworn in by the management of Chrisland University at a virtual matriculation ceremony to kick-start the 2019/ 2020 academic session.
During the University’s 6th Matriculation Ceremony on 11th March, 2021, over three hundred students were matriculated for the 2020/2021 academic session. The students, who were sworn in on the university campus, were admitted into three colleges – College of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, and College of Arts, Social and Management Sciences.
The first and current incumbent Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Prof. Mrs. Chinedum Peace Babalola, FAS, is a Nigerian Professor of Pharmaceutical chemistry and Pharmacokinetics. She is the first female Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Ibadan, FAS, and FAAS and the second female Nigerian FAAS. She was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University in November, 2017. In 2016, Prof. Babalola was selected as one of 10 most influential female scientists in Nigeria. In March 2021, she was among the honorees on Leading Ladies Africa’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria. Prof. Babalola won the African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Prize for scientific excellence presented in February 2020, thus making her an AU laureate.
Being one of the private Universities in Nigeria, Chrisland University has continued to envision becoming a world class University, renowned for intellectual freedom, ethical standards, research, community service and the outstanding training of a new generation of leaders. Chrisland University now has Part-Time programmes which took off in 2021, including Certification and Diploma Programme in Criminology and Security Studies. Chrisland University is also an accredited center for Joint Universities Preliminary Board (JUPEB) examination.
As part of the University goal for quality education, the Institution hosted several conferences and workshops including iStream Conference by the Computer Science department in April, 2019.
In June 2019, Chrisland University and CEO Africa organized a two-day International conference with the theme “Challenges of Growth and Sustainable Development in Africa” Present were the former Vice-President of Liberia, Sr. Joseph Boakai, his entourage, and other dignitaries from various African countries, while former Vice-President of the World Bank (African Region)and Former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and the Executive Secretary of the Regional Centre for Research and Documentation on Oral Tradition and the Development of African Languages (Cameroon), Prof. Charles Binam gave key note speeches that highlighted African models for solving problems.
In March 2021, Chrisland hosted World Poetry Day in courtesy of the Institution’s Acting Head of Department, English, Dr. James Akinola, with the theme, “Wreaths for a Wayfarer”. The event which was held virtually was in commemoration of the memory of the late Nigerian Professor, Pius Adesanmi who died on March 10, 2019 aboard the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 306 from Nairobi. In attendance were Prof. Chinedum Peace Babalola, Professor Toyin Falola and other distinguished writers.
The University’s science laboratories have state-of-the-art equipment that encourages research and all-round development among lecturers and students. Also, the Mass Communication studios (Radio Studio, Television Studio, and Photo Studio) are equipped with multi-million naira state-of-the-art standard facilities that can compete with any established university in Africa. The University also set up Chrisland Research and Innovation for staff and undergraduate “innovate Chrisland prize”.
At Chrisland University, we believe that the lack of imagination is the source of all adversity in our world. We, therefore take seriously the empowerment of our students to tapping into the awesome creative potentials that rest within the imagination, which is why we graduate our students with two certificates- Bachelor Degree and Entrepreneurship Training certification. Having realized the need to produce men and women who will not only be academically sound but economically sufficient, Chrisland University is leaving no stone unturned by making entrepreneurship a composite part and parcel of courses they are learning.
Chrisland University is a private, internationally recognized university that nurtures a sound moral and intellectual culture that attracts an excellent blend of faculty from across the world, and deploys resources to educate the total person.
Chrisland University is anchored on the philosophy of character and learning hence issues relating to indiscipline are dealt with without fear or favor. The Institution has zero tolerance for any form of anti-social behavior be it drug abuse, cultism, indecent dressing or truancy. The University runs a Chaplaincy and the Chaplain, Rev. Juwon Onasanya who assumed office in 2018 has kept the spiritual and moral environment of the University.
Distinguished Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, FNAL is the Pro-Chancellor; Mr. Olusola Aladesuru is the current Acting Registrar while Mr. Moses Esah is the current Acting Bursar of the University. Chrisland University has continued to grow in the prevailing circumstances as we are counting up to 690 students and more are coming. Chrisland University’s international reputation is growing as there are students from different African countries studying in the Institution.
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