Gov. Bayelsa State
The newly established Africa International University, Toru-Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has boasted that exporting nurses to other countries of the world will be one of the core priorities of the institution.
The Coordinator, AIU, Mr. Theo Theodorus, who disclosed this in an interview, said the institution was modelled after universities in Europe.
The AIU, which began academic activities last week with 510 students, is an initiative of the Bayelsa State Government and is approved by the National Universities Commission in July 2016.
The university will be run as a Public-Private Partnership venture. The state government will only provide the enabling environment, while the funding will come from the private sector.
Theodorus said, ‘’The institution will export nurses to different parts of the world, as obtainable in Europe, because nursing is one of our priorities. If universities in Europe can do it, why can’t we do it?
“A plan for the establishment of a medical school and farming, as well as environmental sciences, is one of our priorities; hence nursing is one of our priority areas. We really want to be in a situation where we can export nurses.’’
The coordinator said that the first phase of the university, the School of Foundation Studies, has the objective of preparing students up to100 level.
According to him, the school is divided into two parts: the arts and sciences. For the arts, he stressed, the institution offered courses such as Business, Law and Management. And for sciences, AIU has farming and nursing among others.
Theodorus said that out of the 510 students, 400 were given tuition waivers by the Bayelsa State Government and 50 from the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, while 60 were drawn from the six communities hosting the school.
According to the coordinator, the objective of the foundation studies is to groom and prepare both arts and science students for the commencement of the 100 level in October.