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A New Era in Higher Education: Wigwe University to Open Doors in August


Wigwe University, established by the late Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe, is scheduled to commence operational activities in August 2024.

Situated in Isiokpo, Rivers State, the institution will offer a diverse range of programs across four major colleges, namely the College of Management and Social Sciences, the College of Art, the College of Science and Computing, and the College of Engineering.

In early January 2024, the private university appointed Professor Miles Davis from the United States as its pioneer Vice-Chancellor. Professor Davis holds a Doctorate in Human and Organisational Sciences from The George Washington University, USA.

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The Board of Trustees comprises esteemed individuals, including Professor Fabian Ajogwu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and the Founding Partner of Kenna Partners, Dr. Ajoritsedere Awosika, and Mrs. Mosunmola Belo-Olusoga, among others.

According to the university’s website, all programs are delivered to an international standard, in collaboration with key international partners. This approach enables the institution to stay abreast of world-leading curricula, joint research, and international exchanges and internship programs.

Wigwe University, with its innovative approach to higher education and strong commitment to research, community engagement, and academic excellence, is poised to shape Africa’s future as a leader in global education. The institution’s blend of home-based and foreign faculty members promises to instill a sense of purpose, foster creativity, and inspire a new generation of well-rounded, fearless leaders who will make a significant impact on the world.

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A review of the university’s website reveals that the College of Arts offers the most affordable programs, with a total fee of N9,600,000. Students enrolled in the College of Engineering, College of Management and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Computing will pay a total fee of N11,998,800 each. These fees cover tuition, books, laboratory supplies and consumables, personal protective equipment, project lab resources, e-learning resources, and health insurance, among others.

The late founder, Herbert Wigwe, who passed away in a helicopter crash alongside his wife Chizoba and son Chizzy in California on February 9, 2024, expressed his vision for the university on its website.

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He stated, “I cannot change the world overnight. But if I can empower even one youth today, tomorrow, they could join me in empowering others. With time, we could change the world.” Despite his untimely passing, the university remains committed to realizing his mission of empowering youth and shaping Africa’s future.


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