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The Vice Chancellor, Professor Zana Itiunbe Akpagu, on behalf of the Senate, Staff and Students of the University of Calabar cordially invites the general public to the 30th Convocation Ceremony for the Conferment of First Degrees, Higher Degrees and award of Honorary Degrees as well as the award of Diplomas and Prizes to its graduands up to and including the 2015/2016 sessions as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 8th March, 2017
Event: Interdenominational Church Service
Venue: UNICAL International Conference Centre
Time: 10:00am
Date: Thursday, 9th March, 2017
Event: Press Conference/Briefing by the Vice Chancellor
Venue: Council Chambers
Time: 10:00am
Date: Friday, 10th March, 2017
Venue: Unical International Conference Centre
Time: 10:00am
Guest Lecturer: High Chief Eugene Akeh Former Director General, NIMET
Topic: “ICT in the Service of Weather: The Nigerian Environment, Application and Research”
Event B: Convocation Command Performance and Cocktail
Venue: Chinue Achebe Arts Theatre
Time: 7:00pm
Title of play: “NIGERIANA” BY Arnold Udoka
CONVOCATION Date: Saturday, 11th March, 2017
Event A: Inspection/Commissioning of Projects
Time: 9:30am
Event B: Convocation for the Award of First Degrees, Diplomas, Higher Degrees, Honorary Doctorate Degrees and Presentation of Prizes
Venue: Abraham Ordia Stadium
Time: 11:00am 2:00pm Endowment Fund Launching for the completion of Engineering Faculty and Construction of a new Medical Centre
Event C: Convocation Luncheon
Venue: UNICAL Hotel Conference Centre
Time: 3:00pm


Academic Gowns
Gowns are to be obtained from Faculty Officers on the payment of a deposit of 5,000.00 (Five Thousand Naira only). A refund of 1,000.00 (one Thousand, naira only) will be made on return of the gown. Gowns not returned by March 14 2017 will attract a fine of 1,000.00 (one Thousand naira only) per day. Defaulters will have their Certificates withheld or and reported to their places of NYSC primary assignment.

For Graduate School graduands, the following will apply:

Outright Purchase of Academic Gowns:
Ph.D New Gown = 35,000.00each Old Gown = 30,000 each
Masters Outright purchase = 25,000
Hiring of Graduate Gowns Post Graduate Diplomas (PGD) = 10,000.00 only Masters = 15,000.00 only

Invitation Cards to Parents/Guardians

Two invitation cards per graduand will be issued by the Faculty Officer. Each Graduand is entitled to two guests.

Graduands are to be fully robbed and seated at Abraham Ordia Sports stadium by 9.30am. Graduands who are not robbed will not be allowed into the convocation venue.
Nobody including graduands and their parents/guardians will be allowed into the convocation venue after 10am.
Only accredited photographers will be allowed into the stadium
All small scale business operators, including photographers, video operators, food/drink vendors, clothes/shoes retailers etc wishing to do business on campus on the said day are to pay N2,000.00 only to any Commercial bank with UNICAL CBN Remita A/C no 0050217461078 from Monday 6th March, 2017 obtain a teller and forward same to the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Admin) for the issuance of receipts for such payments.
Other interested business operators will pay between N50,000 – N250,000.00 as the case maybe into the aforementioned account.
All vehicles entering the campus on that day will pay N500.00 only as permit/parking fee. Members of the University of Calabar Community will only be allowed entry on presentation of a valid UNICAL ID card. All are please advised to comply to avoid embarrassment.

The University of Calabar administration looks forward to welcoming all her well-wishers to the Convocation ceremonies.
Live Broadcast on Channels Television
Time: 12 noon

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On the 1st of Dec, 2015,Prof Zana Akpagu assumed office as the 10th Vice Chancellor and first alumnus to ascend the most coveted seat. On the 1st of Dec, 2016, he has attained one year in office. let's send him felicitations alongside members of his team.
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yesterday, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) formally inducted the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Zana Akpagu as a graduate Teacher in the mould of a Special Awardee. The University Community congratulates the VC for the feat achieved.
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Greetings from University of Calabar!
Open Invitation to the November 2016 UNESCO World Philosophy Day/CSP Distinguished Scholarly Lecture

Date: November 17th, 2016
Venue: Directorate of Research Conference hall, University of Calabar, Nigeria
Time: 11am prompt
Main Speaker: Dr. Bernard Matolino, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Title of Lecture: “The Politics of Limited Communitarianism in African Philosophy”

On behalf of our University, we are delighted to extend an open invitation to scholars of philosophy and related fields to participate at the November 2016 UNESCO World Philosophy Day/CSP Distinguished Scholarly Lecture Series at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. The events which will hold at the University of Calabar on November 17th 2016 is organized by The Conversational School of Philosophy (CSP), University of Calabar.

Jonathan O. Chimakonam, PhD

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Univeristy of Calabar, Nigeria in Collaboration with University of Johannesburg, South Africa

For Scholars in Philosophy, Humanities and Related Fields”
Date: March 29-31, 2017
Venue: Directorate of Research Conference Seminar Room B, University of Calabar, Nigeria
Resource person: Distinguished Professor Thaddeus Metz of University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Conversational School of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Nigeria is organizing a research workshop/training for scholars in philosophy and the humanities between March 29th and 31st 2017. The idea is to train Nigerian scholars on how to conduct standard international researches and publish in reputable international journals and presses.
Submit abstract (200 words max) and introduction (800 words max) on any topic in African Philosophy and Thought to on or before February 10th, 2017. There will be no extension. These abstracts and introductions will be reviewed by the resource person and used for practical training of participants during the “Activity sessions” at the workshop. Participants are to write the full paper after the workshop and submit on or before June 30th, 2017. Papers from the workshop are to be reviewed and published as a special issue in a top journal.

Registration: N20,000 flat payable to the following CSP bank account. Acc. name, The Calabar School of Philosophy; Acc. no.1018439855; Bank, UBA; Acc. Type, Current. Pay with the electronic reference: workshop2017. Registration must be paid on or before February 10, 2016. CSP will provide lunch for the two days as well as tea breaks, pet drinks and sweets, etc. CSP will also provide ground transportation.

NOTE: Failure to pay registration by this date will be considered as withdrawal and the slot will be re-allocated to participant(s) on the waiting list.

Participants are to cover their own accommodation cost. CSP can assist in arranging affordable hotels between 5,000 and 10,000 per night. Two participants can pair and share the cost.

Eligibility: All young PhD holders in Philosophy, humanities and African studies, etc., are eligible to send a consent email indicating interest to participate at the workshop. Consent email should contain pdf attachment of one or two samples of published works. Organisers will make a decision within one week and communicate the sender of the acceptance or otherwise of his/her application. Slots will be reserved for successful applicants until February 10th, 2017. Slot reservations will be on First come, first served basis. Other applicants as well as late applicants will be kept on waiting list to replace withdrawn applicants. THERE ARE ONLY 12 SLOTS.

Jonathan O. Chimakonam, PhD
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University of Calabar Lecturer emerges Overall Winner of the 2016 Global Innovation Award

Lecturer in Remote Sensing & GIS & Turnitin Administrator: University of Calabar, Nigeria "For our students, Turnitin is a gauge, a meter. They use it to check if their work is something to be proud of...That gives them good joy to know that their work is of an international standard."

In 2014 the University of Calabar sought to establish a global quality standard for research work and theses, and in order to achieve this goal Lecturer Princewill began a tireless campaign to ensure that Turnitin was utilised by students on all graduate programmes, as he remarks:

"For our students, Turnitin is a gauge, a meter. They use it to check if their work is something to be proud of...That gives them good joy to know that their work is of an international standard."

Princewill′s proactive and practical approach to training and awareness raising ensures that Turnitin is used as a starting point for wider discussions with students around academic integrity and scholarly writing conventions:

"In the discussion process, students are able to understand about proper citation. They are able to understand about paraphrasing. They are able to understand about quoting. They are able to understand things like common knowledge, intellectual property rights and all those things are brought to the fore practically... during the training session."

Princewill has shared his experiences at international conferences outside of his native Africa and is currently exploring making the University of Calabar the first university in Nigeria to become a member of the International Center for Academic Integrity.

Turnitin is proud to recognize these individuals worldwide who exhibit a commitment to academic integrity and excellence in learning through the innovative and effective use of Turnitin and other educational approaches.

With a record 500 nominations from nearly 50 countries, winners and finalists were selected through a series of interviews and reviews by an international panel of academics and previous award winners who chose finalists across seven regions in three categories: academic integrity, student engagement, and writing improvement.

One overall winner was chosen this year, a Global Innovator, for being an exemplary champion of best practices for academic integrity and student engagement through the use of Turnitin in training, professional development, support, and collaboration.

Use the interactive map or read on below to see the 2016 winners and honorable mentions from each region and award category. Be sure to click through to read their stories!
For more Information Click on This Link
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The Management of the University of Calabar has been commended for its efforts in the provision, development and maintenance of the infrastructural needs of the University’s Demonstration Primary School (UCDPS) to enhance teaching and learning in order to sustain its vision and mission.

The Chairman, Board of Governors University of Calabar, Demonstration Primary School (UCDPS) Prof Edde Maurice Iji made this known during the 32nd graduation ceremony of the School.

The chairman, who is a professor in the department of Theatre and Media Studies, said the days’ event afforded the Board an opportunity to appreciate key players in the development of the school.

Prof. Maurice Iji charged Board members, parents and guardians to synergize with the University Management to produce graduands that will compete favourably with their counterparts from other schools.

While congratulating the graduands, the chairman urged them to go into the wider world and stoop to conquer in various fields of human endeavor.

In an address, the Headmistress, University of Calabar Demonstration primary School, Mrs. Florence Eleng said the importance of graduation ceremony cannot be over-emphasized, considering the fact that primary school represents the bedrock of education, describing it as the most important strata in the pyramid of education.

Mrs. Eleng enumerated her achievements within the last three years to include: equipping the ultra Modern sick bay, construction of play gadgets, renovation of the former sports units to accommodate staff, provision of adequate and functional toilets for staff and students as well as equipped computer laboratory with 15 desktops.

On Challenges, she fingered the absence of play gadgets for Nursery/KG class, provision of a school as well as repair of collapsed portions of perimeter fence.

Mrs. Eleng used the occasion to congratulate the graduands and urged them to be esteemed and worthy ambassadors of the school.

In a remark, the chairman of the occasion and Deputy Registrar (Academic Division) of the University, Mr. Gabriel Osang appreciated the school, Parents and teachers for grooming their wards and the commitment of the teachers towards the attainment of the success so far recorded.

Mr. Osang said the foundation of every child is the bedrock of educational aspirations hence, the essential need to groom children for the acquisition of requisite skills.

Highlight of the event was presentation of gifts to deserving and graduating students.
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The Coordinator of the Centre for Excellence, Human Resources for Health Management Training, Prof Anthonia Adindu has proposed a School of Public Health for the University of Calabar and resuscitation of the Certificate programme in Health Planning and Management.
Prof Anthonia Adindu made the proposal at the Launching of the University of Calabar Centre of Excellence and commencement of a two week training organised for Directors from the Federal Ministry of Health, State Ministries of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Staff of CapacityPlus and Centre of Excellence.
Prof Adindu said that the proposal for a School or Faculty of Public Health is in line with the position of the World Federation of Public Health (WFPH) and the wide scope of training stretching across numerous and sub-disciplines.
The Coordinator of the Centre remarked that amongst the eight Nigerian Universities designated as National Collaborating Centres for Education and Training in Health Planning and Management, the department of Public Health in the University of Calabar is the first to become a Centre of Excellence (COE), Human Resources for Health Management Training in Nigeria.
In his welcome address, the Provost, College of Medical Sciences, Professor, Maurice Asuquo lauded the management team especially the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu for receiving and nurturing the program from its incipient stage to reality despite the lean purse of the institution.
Prof. Asuquo lauded the formation of the centre’s management committee that is made of top managers of no mean repute for ensuring effective administration, and also assured the participants that the training will be of immense benefit.
Speaking at the event, the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Ibieno Robins revealed that the Department of Public Health, University of Calabar is the first Centre of Excellence for Human Resources Management for Health Management (HRMHM) Training in Nigeria and the West African Sub Region.
The Director who noted that the Department is a pioneer member of the Association of School of Public Health in Africa and World Federation of Public Health thanked the individuals for developing the HRMHM Training Manual that consist of six modules, iterated that the programme will test the training manual and the training process.
Also speaking, the Chief of Party, IntraHealth, CapacityPlus, Mr. S. Ngobua thanked the Vice Chancellor for fulfilling all the promises and providing a favourable environ for the training, while appreciating the principal officers for supporting the University helmsman to succeed.
He commended the ‘executive trainees’ for participating in the Programme whom he noted were Directors and managers of Health establishments from Akwa Ibom State, Rivers , Lagos as well as Cross River State.
He said that after the duration of the two weeks training, a document will be develop and presented to the Vice Chancellor concerning the entire programme adding that the next phase of the training will take an international dimension that will attract students from Canada, Ghana, USA, South Africa to learn leadership and management.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor said it was a thing of pride for the institution and an honour record to be the first school out of 8 Universities to host the maiden programme of training and retaining Managers in the Health sector.
While noting the vital nature of the Health Sector, Prof. Akpagu said that the establishment of the programme was one of his first assignments on assumption of office adding that the Institution will continue to accord the centre a status that befits her.
He commended the donor organisation for their strong partnership adding that he looked forward to more collaboration while congratulating the Coordinator, Centre of Excellence, Professor Anthonia Adindu for her untiring commitment of the establishment centre after resigning as Head of Department to ensure the kick off of the centre.
In her vote of thanks, the Head of Department, public Health, Dr. Ejemot Nwadioro thanked God for making the program a reality and appreciated the principal Officers for their punctual turn out to the centre.
The highpoint of the events was a tour around Centre of Excellence, a group photograph, and official opening of the Centre by the Vice Chancellor.

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The Senate of the University of Calabar has held a valedictory session in honour of one of her members, Late Professor Emmanuel Kufre Uko. Who passed on recently?

Setting aside standard Senate rules to allow non members in attendance, the senate through its Chairman and Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Zana Akpagu lamented the exit of the academic icon.

Speaking with apparent sorrow in his heart, Prof. Akpagu said the Senate will miss late Prof. Uko very much especially for his service to the University and society at large and most importantly for his contributions at Senate.

The Vice Chancellor said the late Professor of Haematology has left a very big vacuum that will be difficult to fill, urging his colleagues to honour him by upholding his sterling qualities.

The Unical Senate Chairman, described the late Prof. Emmanuel K. Uko as a man without capacity for acrimony, a hero of peace and a sound and true scholar of international repute.

Also paying tribute to the late Don, The Provost, College of Medical Sciences, Unical, Prof. Maurice Asuquo, said he added positive value to the College adding that, his credentials speaks a lot about him.

Prof. Asuquo recalled that the late Prof. Uko, was the one who created a particular sub-specialty in Haematology that the college was in dire need of and has been in the Vanguard of virtually every positive academic programme development in the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences.

Also, in a brief citation, the Dean, Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, Prof. Monday Francis Useh said the 60 years old professor of Haematology was a onetime national auditor of the Medical Laboratory Science Association of Nigeria and has supervised and mentored over 6 Ph.D and 25 students.

Prof. Useh also said the late distinguished Hematologist has published well over 42 academic papers, 26 of which are in reputable foreign Journals while the rest are in local Journals, adding that, he also taught in several Nigerian Universities and described him as a simple and unassuming man.
The Senate Valedictory session preceded a commendation service officiated by Very Rev. Prof. Olu Lawal, Rev. Prof. Mbeh Eteng, Rev. Dr. Ephraim Osai and Canon Dr. Nneoyi Egbe who delivered the Homily taking his text from Job 14:1, Genesis 5:23 and John 11:25.

The commendation service also featured tributes from the Chairman ASUU-UCB, Dr. Tony Eyang and the HOD, Medical Lab. Sciences, Prof. A.A.A. Alaribe, as well as, a special number by staff and students of the Department of Med. Lab. Sciences and intercessory prayers for the bereaved family.

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Warsaw —Jonathan O. Chimakonam, Ph.D., a lecturer in the prestigious Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, has been reportedly announced as the winner of the Jens Jacobsen Prize in the just concluded 11th World Congress of the International Society for Universal Dialogue (ISUD) which took place from 11-15 July 2016 in Poland.

The conference theme which was 'Values and Ideals: Theory and Praxis' was hosted by the Polish Academy of Sciences, the University of Warsaw, and the Philosophy for Dialogue Foundation. The principal venue for the presentation of papers and panels was the beloved "Old Warsaw Library" near the center of the University of Warsaw campus. It had 10 sub-themes.

In the website of the International Society for Universal Dialogue (ISUD) it was announced concerning the Jens Jacobsen Research Prize that, 'ISUD is pleased to announce that we will award $1500 Jens Jacobsen Research Prizes for the ten most outstanding papers presented at the 2016 ISUD World Congress'. Dr Chimakonam's paper was reportedly adjudged to be one of the 10 outstanding papers out of about 167 philosophers who participated from over 40 countries. Out of ecstasy at the announcement of the award, the recipient Dr Chimakonam took to his social media account to express himself thus: 'It seemed unreal when I was announced winner of Jens Jacobsen prize award for outstanding paper of the conference! Special thanks to my two wonderful friends, Aribiah Attoe and Ada Agada who supplied insightful critical comments that strengthened the paper'.

Congratulations Dr Chimakonam. This is a flamboyant feather on your academic cap.
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