UPBS Gets Academic Board

The University of Port Harcourt Business School (UPBS) now has an Academic Advisory Board. The Board whose membership is drawn from major stakeholders from the College, Faculties, the Units and key resource persons has the mandate to: help formulate and implement a sound academic programme for the School.

Other responsibilities of the Board include, advising Management on recruitment, compensation and tenure of academic staff, as well as helping to champion its growth and development, in addition to ensuring that it realizes its mission, aims and objectives.

Addressing members of the Board during its Inaugural Meeting, Director of the School, Professor Celestine Nwachukwu, noted that “School of Business, all over the world enables the institution to showcase their research ability, knowledge-sharing and radiate her influence”, adding that this has been the case in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.     

Professor Nwachukwu, recalled that “It was in 1998 that we first presented a proposal to Senate for the establishment of UPBS; somehow we shied away from its actualization until July last year, when in his maiden address to the Senate, the Vice- Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ajienka promised to start the School”, describing it as a dream comes true.

Speaking with UNIPORT Weekly after the meeting, a member of the Board and Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Professor Roseline Konya, observed that “Any university that wants to rank high in the world must have a vibrant Business School. We are very excited because we know that Port Harcourt is an industrial city; some of those working in oil and gas companies would be pleased to get their training here instead of going to Lagos or overseas”.  

In his own contribution, Director of College of Continuing Education (CCE), Professor Tamunopreye Agiobenebo, noted that “We have been considering its establishment for 13 years. We are excited that it has finally come to fruition”.

Another member of the Board and Dean, Faculty of Management Science, Sylva Kalu told our Correspondent that “The idea of the School has been nursed for a long time; I am happy that it has come to fruition through the effort of the Vice-Chancellor. We believe that the School would take us to the level we want to be in terms of Research and Development and entrepreneurship”.

In his own response, Director, Exchange and Linkage Programme Unit (ELPU) Professor John Otaigbe, observed that “If you consider the position of Port Harcourt, there is nothing as germane as establishing a Business School that would further train persons who are either executives in various companies and those wishing to be entrepreneurs. This kind of Business School would harness available potentials to ensure we have the right calibre of personnel to drive the economy”. 

Other members include, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development), Professor Bene Wille-Abbey; Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Professor Samuel Ejezie and Dr Alloy Ezirim, who doubles as Assistant Director of the School.

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