The years so far have been a time of highlighted academic initiatives for Skyline University Nigeria. From the stage of acquiring the National Universities Commission (NUC’s) provisional license in 2018 to the commencement of academic sessions and the conduct of maiden matriculation ceremony to the successful completion of the verification exercise and approval of three additional courses by the NUC. SUN has entered its fourth year of academic excellence and has continued to prepare students for student-based intellectual activities and career training, which are some of the visions of the University.
During the past months, Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) has witnessed many new and inviting developments. Some of these developments include the recent National Universities Commission (NUC’s) Approval to Run B.NSc Nursing Science, Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT), and B.Sc Tourism and Hospitality Management which is currently ongoing in the 2021/2022 academic session. Recently, the NUC began its resource assessment of Programmemes in Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) proposed to be part of the courses run by the University.
Apart from these developments, the University has highlighted its academic initiatives into 2022. They include teaching methodologies, accreditation, research activities, Ceo/Guest lecture series, technical visits, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with other universities, amongst others.
Skyline University Nigeria recently received members of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the accreditation exercise of eleven academic Programmemes. These Programmemes, including Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship Studies and Innovation, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Microbiology, Software Engineering, Economics, International Relations, and Mass Communications, are part of the courses run by the University.
The accreditation exercise of the University’s Programmemes is a major mandate of the NUC that seeks to enhance quality assurance, and secure that graduates of the University are sound, functional, and efficient who can meet the challenges of the present and have the capacity to compete favorably with their counterparts anywhere in the world. It also ensures that the University conforms to the expectations of the regulatory body in maintaining quality and academic standards in all of its Programmemes.
CEO/Guest Lecture Series
The Guest Lecture Series is one of the platforms set aside by Skyline University Nigeria to inspire the students and expose them to the activities that can enhance brilliant entrepreneurship ideas, to inform them of new ideas and insights from CEOs and leaders across the world, and to prepare them for the global workplace. The main inspiration of the activity is to get the student to hear from an expert in the industry, to learn from their valuable experiences, important secrets from their career successes, their entrepreneurial secrets that can teach the most valuable lessons to the students and help them to develop themselves in areas of soft skills, such as teamwork, focus, fairness, unbiased, responsibility, accountability, and trust.
The Guest Lecture series is geared to help students of the university desirous of owning businesses and other ventures to develop the necessary skills required in the business environment, go on to develop their respective entrepreneurial success, and make valuable contributions to the development of the country at large. This kind of event is important for business and non-business students who have an entrepreneurial mind to know how to manage their own business.
If it was possible to learn swimming from the four walls of the University without actually being in the pool or taking a driving lesson from the classroom environment, Skyline University would consider students’ technical visits with less priority. While theoretical knowledge of skill-based subjects needs to be supported by practical, the Univesity believes that allowing students to go out on industry/technical visits will provide real-world experience and exposure to students. This is helping to explore them the additional skills that help students prepare for the challenges in the workplace. This is in a bid to develop interpersonal skills and improve students’ sense of innovation and much more and ultimately help them come up with more exciting ideas that will benefit them in the workplace environment and ultimately transform society.
Technical visits are an important part of students’ learning. It educates students of the University on certain areas in their discipline and provides additional context and clarity in the causes taught. Technical visits are in line with the University’s mission to maintain international best practices and entrepreneurship development in the students and encourage them to build their different industries.
MoUs with Other Universities
To encourage closer academic ties, Skyline University Nigeria has entered into an agreement of cooperation with like-mind institutions to establish Programmes of exchange and collaboration in areas of interest and benefit for the different institutions. This was done through the ratification of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will serve as a general framework for cooperation and hence, facilitate discussions of more specific Programmes of collaboration.
Some of the Institutions which the University has signed an MoU with includes the Sule Lamido University, International Universities and Colleges (NICC), Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Danbatta, Universiti Technology Petronas, Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), KEDCO, Food Bank Charity Association of Nigeria (FBCAN), Federal University Dutse (FUD), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Etc.
Finally, it’s important to highlight that Skyline University Nigeria is aimed to deliver on the mandate to provide a dynamic academic and research environment in pursuit of excellence with integrity to serve society as well as produce graduates that will emerge as solution-providers. Hence, the Vision of the University continues to remain a work in progress, following new and exciting opportunities for prospective students looking to acquire not only the required skills and knowledge needed in the workplace but also to be part of the contributors to National development.