AN ADDRESS BY THE PRO-CHANCELLOR AND CHAIRMAN, GOVERNING COUNCIL, PROFESSOR WALE OMOLE, OFR AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCE THE UNVEILING OF HALLMARK UNIVERSITY, IJEBU-ITELE, ON WEDNESDAY, 1st July, 2015 AT HALLMARK UNIVERSITY, IJEBU-ITELE
- The Vivian Fowler Trust Foundation
- Proprietor of Hallmark University, Chief (Mrs.) Leila Fowler
- Chairman Board of Trustees – Archbishop (Professor) D. A. Akinde
- Members of the Board of Trustees
- Members of the Governing Council
- Royal Highnesses
- Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen
- Gentlemen of the Press
It is indeed a great pleasure and delight to welcome you all, this morning to this epoch-making event- the unveiling of Hallmark University, at Ijebu-Itele.
On behalf of other members of the foundation Governing Council of Hallmark University, I wish to express our profound appreciation to the proprietor of Hallmark University, Chief (Mrs.) Fowler and the Chairman, Board of Trustees – Archbishop (Professor) Adebayo D. Akinde for resolute and unwavering efforts in making this auspicious occasion a reality.
We, indeed commend the great ideas and the big vision of Chief (Mrs.) Fowler, the force behind Vivian Fowler Trust Foundation for the establishment of a distinct and unique university with excellence and innovation as its bedrock. For over four decades, Chief (Mrs.) Leila Fowler has been passionately and creatively involved in education and human development in the footstep of Andrew Carnegie, a foremost Scottish-American philanthropist.
In 1887, the world celebrated philanthropist said “Upon no foundation but that of education can a man erect the structure of enduring civilization”.
The motto of Hallmark University (HU) “In Porsitiari Ad Excellentio” which simply is “In Pursuit of Excellence” is consistent with Hallmark the name of the University, a pinnacle of excellence ready to provide holistic education, intellectual skills, advocacy and social responsibility.
The University will inculcate strong entrepreneurial skills and industrial attitude, exemplary values, ethics, building character and concept of understanding to respond to challenges posed by their environments and the world at large. Hallmark University will encourage private and public participation enterprise with a view to remaining at the forefront of business, scientific and technological advancement.
Hallmark University having received its license from National Universities Commission will commence its first phase of Faculties of Natural and Applied Science and Management and Social Sciences this October, 2015. The courses include Computer Science, Information and Communication, Biochemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Accounting, Banking and Finance, Marketing, Business Administration and Economics. The other phases in the Faculties of Engineering, Environmental Technology, Agriculture and Natural Resources will commence as appropriate.
With the emergence of global knowledge-based economy, Universities including those in developing countries like Nigeria are taking on another important role in the society. The traditional belief that Universities should be left to generate knowledge through research and disseminate what is accumulated through teaching and publications does not suffice any more. The new challenge facing Universities in the 21st century is how to transform the society by educating the masses. In the face of new opportunities of Information Communication Technology (ICT) our Universities are being challenged to constitute themselves into sites for lifelong learning, providing continuing education for former graduates, school teachers, civil servants, business men and women and even farmers and artisans. In other words, universities should go beyond educating few elite if the society is to be transformed.
Hallmark University (HU) will achieve this laudable goal of creating a total man full of resourcefulness and ingenuity to be part of the social engineering of our nation by:
- Encouraging the advancement of learning and extending to all persons without prejudice to race, creed, gender, or political leanings the opportunity to acquire quality university education in the sciences, technology and management
- Promoting and providing sound basic scientific training as a foundation for the development of technology and applied sciences with consideration for indigenous culture and the need to enhance national unity.
- Identifying the technological problems and needs of the society and proffering solutions to them within the context of national development.
- Establishing collaborative relationships with other institutions involved in training, research and development of technologies locally and internationally to achieve its overall objectives.
- Acting as agents and catalysts through post-graduate training, research and innovation, effective economic utilization, exploitation and conservation of the country’s natural, economic and human resources.
- Offering to the general population, as a form of public services, the practical applications of the results of training and research for the growth and development of the nation.
In Hallmark University, leadership by example is a must among staff and students. Management shall demonstrate discipline, hard work, high moral values, exemplary personal conduct as well as good conscience in the discharge of their duties.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, while thanking you all for your assistance and contributions which made this occasion possible, I wish to specifically thank gentlemen of the press for honoring us with your presence.
Thank you all.
Long live Hallmark University
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Professor Wale Omole, OFR
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council