By Ogar Monday/Elijah Ugani
The Director of Academic planning, University of Calabar (UNICAL), Dr. Patrick Egaga has stated that the University as an institution and training ground has a vital role to play in the fight to curb coruption in the country.
Egaga who spoke with CrossRiverWatch in his office said it was as a result of the UNICAL’s recognition of the role that led to it’s decision to become the first school in the country to introduce the Anti-Corruption Studies as a compulsory course for all students of the institution.
“With the wave of corruption that is happening in the country, the younger generation needs to have some background on what leads to corruption, negative implications of corruption and how corruption can be curtailed in the society” Egaga said, adding that “The best place to implement that type of education is training a crop of young men and women that are coming into the university so that it will become like the gospel”.
He said the institution has moved beyond theory, disclosing that the introduction of the TETFUND sponsored Entrepreneur Development Center where students are taught skills relevant in real life situations that will get them gainfully employed upon graduation and even while still in school.
Listing some of his achievements, Egaga said his office has been able to increase the admission quota from 4407 to 6123, facilitated the successful accreditation of 98 programs across the 10 faculties of the varsity and affiliate institutions, utilized fully, the TETFUND intervention for research and academic manuscripts and book publication with 39 IBR proposals and 6 manuscripts development fully funded.
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