The importance of higher education in national development cannot be overemphasized. Nigeria looks to higher education as a fundamental vehicle driving both social and economic developments. Cognizant of the fact that tertiary education institutions have great potential as an indigenous incubator of national progress and revitalization, Nigeria has devoted substantial economic and human resources to promote university education.
In this context, the mission to establish Skyline University Nigeria took concrete form in 1990 when its promoters established the Skyline University College (SUC), at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. SUC became very famous and the reputation grew exponentially and student enrolment soon increased at an enhanced rate with a large number of international students coming from Nigeria. Thus, in the 30 years of its involvement in private university education in the Middle East, Skyline International Group Limited (SIGL) has spread so widely. This is a testimony that the little spark of 1990 in UAE, has blossomed into a full flame of excellent university educational opportunities for the young Nigerians in particular and the West African sub-region in general.
The major motivation to establish Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) is to achieve the same mark of academic and all-round excellence which has been achieved by SUC in the UAE by providing a total life-changing education at the tertiary level. The aim, therefore, is to complete the circle of education, which was begun humbly in 1990 to educate the young Nigerians in Nigeria and provide an opportunity to exceptional life-long learning. The university is anchored on a tripod – knowledge, skills and value-based education, conceived to power Nigeria’s socio-economic development by providing technology-driven and innovative education. In this respect, Skyline University Nigeria was licensed by the National Universities Council (NUC) in May 2018.
Skyline University Nigeria SUN is a multi-cultural environment where staff and students from different parts of the world come together for a common goal of making it a multi-disciplinary teaching and research institution.
It is a source of inspiration that enlightens the quest for knowledge, skills and competencies. It is the first International University licensed to operate in the northwestern region of Nigeria. Currently, it has commenced with two schools ‘School of arts, management and social sciences’ (SAMSS) and ‘School of science and information technology’ (SSIT). Each of the school is having 8 and 5 departments and a total of 15 programs. The core strength of SUN is in its capacity to provide quality assurance to student fraternity by having strong industry link, focus on holistic development of the student and capacity to provide personal advising to students to enable them improve their academic standing. Equipped with a strong base of academic learning environment that provides onsite and online learning resources, state of the art computer labs and a strong presence of integrated ICT in teaching and managing student progression.
Skyline University Nigeria is the first private tertiary institution in Kano, the largest and most industrialized state in northern Nigeria and is currently housed in a 15-story tall building comprising of an academic block and functional offices, classrooms, laboratories, Campus Clinic, cafeteria well equipped sports facilities and Student multi-purpose hall. The outdoor sports facilities are located just behind the main block comprising a football & cricket pitch, two basketball and two volleyball courts and a badminton court.
The philosophy of Skyline University Nigeria begins with its visions, international exposure, best quality practices and focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and is equipped with good quality learning support services. SUN facilitates students to attain their personal goals and enable them to explore their innate talents and other key points like advising etc. In this regards, at SUN, Career counselling is given utmost importance because we believe in our student’s ability to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competencies in all walks of life. We believe in our students exhibiting lifelong skills that help them to be prepared for the professional and personal life. We also inculcate the student's body to participate in various professional development program organized by SUN at regular intervals. Enrolling in toastmasters is a must to equip them to develop their public speaking and presentation skills.
Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) aspires to be an internationally recognized institution of excellence in higher education, by providing technologically enabled platform for innovative research and education with a focus on creativity and entrepreneurship.
Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) strives to be a multi-disciplinary, teaching & research university to be a leading international institution of higher learning driven by technology to build multicultural environment for all its stakeholders that commit to nurturing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship which can sustain social development.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
“To provide a dynamic academic and research environment in pursuit of excellence with integrity to serve the society.”
- To provide a platform for research, scholarship and creative activities as fundamental sources of new knowledge and contribution towards the betterment of society
- To nurture freedom of inquiry and create an intellectual environment conducive to open and respectful exchange of ideas
- To promote cultural diversity
- To encourage ethical standards in personal and professional behavior focusing on outcomes and impact in a dynamic society
- To strive to establish sustainable collaborations with local and international industry experts, funding agencies, universities and other institutions to enrich students’ learning
- To create a state-of-the-art infrastructure that supports learning and research activities.
To cultivate integrity, compassion and fairness to be a socially responsible citizen of the society
- To cultivate integrity, compassion and fairness to be a socially responsible citizen of the society
- To evolve academic programs to suit the changing social and economic needs of society through continuous review of curriculum and development of new programs
- To appreciate and stimulate interest in cultural heritage and relating its activities to the society
- To carry out basic and applied research to stimulate job creation and innovative abilities among students.
- To establish a centre for entrepreneurial studies
To engage competent employees and provide facilities for creating a conducive environment for teaching, learning and research to promote the advancement of knowledge and to ensure transparency and accountability to all stakeholders of the University
- To recruit highly qualified and experienced academic, technical and administrative staff to ensure the actualization of high-quality teaching, research and community service.
- To pursue capacity building through staff development programmes for academic and non-academic employees to ensure a progressive working environment.
- To provide good governance and effective management structure.
- To take appropriate steps to attract and retain high-quality staff.
- To promote teamwork.
University embedded in knowledge, skill and technology for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship that prepares ethical and responsible citizens for serving the society.
FACILITIES PROVIDED BY SUN TO ITS STAFF AND STUDENTS
The students and staffs of Skyline University Nigeria are supported by the various departments and facilities such as corporate affairs, ICT, Library, Sports, Students Service, Clinic and recreational facilities. The ICT provides information technology (IT) resources to the community. The department’s activities include maintaining Software, Hardware, Network, Security, Website, SharePoint, Data and File Servers to provide Portal services to faculty, staff & students. The Sports Department of SUN strives to promote the social, mental and physical development aimed at developing overall personality of individuals for healthy mind and body. The Student Service plan developmental academic advising through interactive teaching, counseling, and administrative strategies to assist students with achieving specific learning, developmental, career, and life goals While the Library provides access to quality resources and innovative services to stimulate creativity, intellectual curiosity and to facilitate lifelong learning and research within its community.
It is very important to develop Institutional Strategic plan for five years in line with the institutional plan with a purpose to accomplish the institutional planning directions on a long term basis and to assist various departments in their annual planning. The strategic plan focuses largely on generating and allocating resources for a 5 year period to achieve its strategic period goals and objectives. Initiating the process of strategic plan by reviewing the status of previous Strategic Plan and gather information from various stakeholders, competitors and general business environment in the country and region so as to evaluate the growth and sustainability of SUN in the long run.
Networking in Skyline University Nigeria is through the corporate affairs office. The Corporate Affairs Office facilitates students to develop networking with the corporate world by providing them with an opportunity to participate in various summits and conferences in Sharjah, Dubai and Nigeria which will help students to network.
Through various activities in Nigeria and abroad we plan to attend conferences and exhibition for the student to fully experience new developing technologies in their chosen course. We aim to create internationally diverse and inclusive communities, to encourage students to participate in various external competitions, expanding their horizons to network and compete with students from other universities. SUN would serve as a bridge-builder by engaging students with a local and international community of all backgrounds to ensure personal, academic, and professional growth and SUN success.
Through the Corporate Affairs Office, Skyline University Nigeria identifies organizations or other institutions that are willing to collaborate with SUN to serve the society at national and international level. Community engagement activities can be organized jointly for social development. Through SUN activities, awareness is created among the students' community to pursue community engagement services during their study period and continue throughout their life.