Alvan Ikoku College of Education Marks Transition to University Status with Historic Matriculation Ceremony

Alvan Ikoku College of Education transitions to university status, matriculating over 1,300 students in historic ceremony.

Alvan Ikoku College of Education Marks Transition to University Status with Historic Matriculation Ceremony
Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education

In a momentous ceremony held at the Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education (AIFUE), Owerri, Imo State, over 1,300 bright minds were formally inducted into the institution's academic family during its recent matriculation ceremony.

Led by the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Stella Lemchi, the event not only celebrated the arrival of fresh talents but also marked a pivotal transition for the institution. Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Lemchi underscored the significance of the occasion, emphasizing that it would be the last intake of students in affiliation with the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) due to the institution's new status.

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"For forty years, our institution had collaborated with UNN to admit and produce Bachelor of Education graduates," remarked Professor Lemchi. "However, with our recent elevation to a university of education, this cohort of freshmen marks the final chapter in our affiliation with UNN."

The journey towards this transformative moment has been long-awaited. "Last year, in our jubilee year, our dream was fulfilled as the federal government upgraded the erstwhile college into a university," Professor Lemchi explained. "Still in transition, we received the 2023/2024 intake under the banner of the UNN, but by next year, we will proudly matriculate the first batch of students under the Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri seal."

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Amidst this transition, the institution remains steadfast in its commitment to excellence and student welfare. Notably, significant efforts have been directed towards enhancing security and infrastructure on campus. Professor Lemchi highlighted these advancements, stating, "The school management has made adequate efforts to improve the security situation of the school with highly trained professionals." Additionally, she mentioned the revitalization of several school hostels, thanks to the federal government's support.

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"Thanks to the federal government revitalization fund, we have massively renovated the male hostel and one female hostel," said Professor Lemchi. "Plans are underway to build other hostels in the school, ensuring our students have conducive living spaces that complement their academic pursuits."

As the institution embraces this new chapter, it stands poised to continue its legacy of nurturing academic excellence and shaping future leaders in education.