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Students from four countries to study in Nigeria

Vice Chancellor of Veritas University Abuja Professor Hyacinth Ichoku during a news briefing. Photo: Daniel Adejo

Four Countries have indicated interest to send their students to Nigeria to study pontifical degrees in theology and philosophy.

The development follows approval by the Congregation for Catholic Education in the Vatican City Rome, Italy to Veritas University Abuja to establish Pontifical Faculty.

The countries are Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast and India.

The Vice Chancellor of Veritas University Abuja, Professor Hyacinth Ichoku stated this at a news briefing ahead of the 11th convocation of the University in Abuja.

Professor Ichoku said only two countries including Nigeria and Nairobi run the pontifical degree which necessitated the influx of foreign students to Nigeria.

‘’Veritas University has been granted the faculty to run Pontification degrees in theology and philosophy by the Congregation of Catholic Education in the Vatican City, Rome, that is in addition to NUC-approved programmes in theology and philosophy. As a Catholic University to be granted the power of the faculty to run these programmes is the height of your development and in Africa, there are just two granted such faculty, which are, the Catholic University of east Africa Nairobi and Veritas University in Abuja. It is an exceptional privilege for us.’’ Professor Ichoku stated.

Professor Ichoku said the university would be awarding first-class degrees to 28 students who have distinguished themselves in character and learning.

He noted that the minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola would be delivering the convocation lecture.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino