All Prospective Students and Friends of Gregory University, Uturu (GUU)
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Governing Council, the Senate, staff and students, I am delighted to welcome you to Gregory University, Uturu (GUU). The University was licensed in February 2012 by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a Private University and took-off with its pioneer students in October of the same year for the 2012/2013 academic session.
Any University may claim to be a citadel of learning or a temple of intellect but Gregory University is more than the conventional citadel of learning or temple of intellect. It was founded to be a star in the global academic arena where knowledge generation, advancement and application to drive national and global economies and where the issues of human perfection through higher education to attain the good life are uncompromisingly pursued. Consequently, the motto of GUU is “Knowledge for Tomorrow”.
The vision of GUU is to be a world renowned University noted for the high quality of its teaching and research, as well as its professional, practical and entrepreneurial capacity development. Its mission is to produce ethically and morally sound, highly skilled national and global leaders to drive national and global advancement in their fields of specialization.
To achieve this mission, GUU is unfolding as a national and global seminal center of work-based university education to eradicate the age-long misconception that University education is not for industry and work in Nigeria. Here in GUU education is patterned to produce scholars cum entrepreneurs who are to fit into the world of work with exemplary performance – a performance that makes the difference between leaders and trailers, between the best and the rest. For this purpose, GUU is being set as academic arena cum industrial work place. On ground in GUU therefore, are soap factory, paint factory, printing press, Songhai Farms, media center, ICT training center, hotel and fast food enterprises and entrepreneurial center that students may graduate with hands-on experience and academic strength to fit into life and make a success.
GUU stretches its hands to build bridges to collaborate with reputable Universities and research institutions in Nigeria and around the world in pursuit of excellence. It has consummated collaborative working relationship with Morehouse College and Tuskegee University in the United States and Scientific Equipment Development Institute, Enugu (SEDI-E) in Nigeria. The beauty of the consummated collaborative relationship lies in the programmes for research, staff and students exchange, collaborative award of degrees, curriculum and institutional development. More collaborative relationships are being pursued that the students and staff of GUU may be exposed to and acquire best practices where ever best practices are found.
I call on parents and Guardians to trust GUU for the proper education of their children. I call on prospective students to obtain admission into GUU and experience a university education that is rewarding and fulfilling. GUU does not believe in sterile academic knowledge that has little relevance to the world of work and the creation and sustenance of the good life and society.
I call on prospective friends of GUU to be the vanguard of GUU idea of university education that is necessary to maintain Nigeria’s advancement in a World that is increasingly being driven by quality university education. The peak of GUU ambition is to groom and disperse in succession men and women whose ideas and professional performance in continuity shape the World.
Chief Gregory Ibe, PhD,
Chief Gregory Ibe, PhD, is a legendary Nigerian Business Executive, an entrepreneur par excellence, the moving spirit of educational transformation in Nigeria, a philanthropist and humanitarian.
He was born on December 10, 1963 in Kaduna where his parents, natives of Uturu, lived then and worked. Although born and brought up outside his parents nativity, Chief Gregory Ibe never ceased to be the quintessence of an Igbo son who is in perfect harmony with the rest of mankind world over. He adores his home place, Uturu, and makes Uturu adorable to the World.
He was not born into easy circumstances of life. Indeed, he had a raw deal with poverty in his early life which rather spurred him with the determination to attain great heights today. His tough early life toughened him to complete his primary, secondary and tertiary education, alternating between work and education. That was perhaps nature’s way to prepare him for his future role in Nigeria as the hope for the hopeless.
Chief Gregory Ibe’s alma maters include: Boys High School, Ihube, Imo State; School of Accountancy and Management Studies, Aba; Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu; and California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA where he obtained his Master’s Degree in 2003 and Doctorate Degree in Management in 2006.
Chief Gregory Ibe is a great name in Nigeria particularly in education. Currently he constitutes the private sector spirit that is shaping science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Nigeria through his involvement in supply of the state-of-the-art teaching/learning equipment with innovative pedagogy in the delivery of the subjects. His intervention is currently transforming the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Nigeria at all levels of education. He has implanted entrepreneurship as curricular innovation in education and particularly in Business, Engineering and Technical/Vocational Education.
Chief Gregory Ibe has gone further to establish his Private University called Gregory University, Uturu in Abia State, Nigeria with a focus on applied research, entrepreneurship and a Work-Based University Education. His University has the mantra “Knowledge for Tomorrow” .
Chief Gregory Ibe has also established Gregory Iyke Foundation as a humanitarian medium to reach out to the poor and the helpless in Nigeria. The Foundation is in affiliation with World Medical Relief Inc. and Global Medical Relief Inc. in the United States for execution of medical aid programmes in Nigeria.
Much more are in the hands of Chief Gregory Ibe, PhD to contribute to up-lift humanity, particularly in Nigeria.