Gregory University Uturu has achieved another feat of being among the first eleven universities given approval by the Nigeria University Commission, NUC, to run a six year programme in Pharmacy, which leads to the award of Pharm D.
From the inception of Gregory University Uturu in 2012, the institution showed that they were prepared to change the narrative in the educational system of Nigeria.
The institution which started with twenty-six programs in three colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences, Social and Management Sciences and Humanities, now have ten colleges with over fifty programs within the space of eight years.
Gregory University Uturu was among eleven universities recently given approval to offer Pharm D. In a letter signed by Director, Academic Planning, National Universities Commission, NUC, Dr N. B. Saliu, which reads in part: “The philosophy behind the establishment of Pharm D programme in Nigeria universities is to provide students with a broad knowledge to further equip them with the ability to apply pharmaceutical knowledge in health care delivery system; acquire professional skills to identify and resolve drug related problems and to impact to the students a comprehensive knowledge of Pathophysiology, Therapeutic, Pharmacokinetic and Toxicology among several other aims and objectives”.
Only eleven out of the one Hundred and Ninety Federal, State and Private Universities got the approval to run a six year course and award Pharm D in Nigeria, and Gregory University Uturu, is the only private University among them.
The Public Relations Officer of the University, Prince Obioma Oburuoga, stated that the Executive Secretary, of National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Abubakar Rashed, had after assessing the level of progress in the institution, described it as the fastest growing private university in Nigeria.
The NUC Executive Secretary was quoted to have said, “Gregory University has achieved so much in the area of infrastructure, human capital development and innovations. I commend the Chancellor Professor Ibe, for his courage to embark on such gigantic project. What I have seen here, considering that you were licensed
Pharmacy block not quite long ago is amazing; indeed, this University is one of the fastest growing private universities in the country today”. He stressed.
Mr Oburuoga continued “Gregory University Uturu, is the only private university in Nigeria that was among the already established universities that was given the approval. This, therefore, confirmed that the award of the Best Private University in
Nigeria given to it by a South African based organization was not a fluke.” “To buttress the fact that the University is an all-rounder, it bid and won the right to host the Nigeria Universities Theater Art Festival, NUTAF, which lasted between 2nd and 8th of May, 2021, making it the first private University in the country to host the event since its existence forty years ago.” he said