Nile University of Nigeria (NUN) is a private university located in Abuja, Nigeria. The university was established in 2009 to contribute to Nigeria’s human capital development through the provision of high-quality tertiary education.
At the time of formation, NUN had three faculties (Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, and Natural & Applied Sciences) and 93 students.
In 2014, Nile University of Nigeria established its School of Postgraduate Studies.
NUN currently has over 6000 students and six academic faculties (Medical & Health Sciences, Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Management Sciences, Natural & Applied Sciences, and Law). In 2020, Nile University joined Honoris United Universities, the first and largest Pan-African private higher education network, starting a new era of increased growth opportunities for NUN and its students.
John Vermateen, the Pro-Chancellor of Nile University, has a clear answer:
“Education for Impact means equipping students with the requisite knowledge and skills to not only reach their full potential and attain success in their future careers, but also to make significant positive contributions to society. This belief is epitomized in the university’s motto: Build Your Success for a Better Society, and reflected by NUN graduates like Asim Yazid (a digital entrepreneur and philanthropist) and Hajara Abdulfatah (a STEM and Girl Child education advocate) who have gone on to not only achieve career success but also make a positive difference in society.”
Network: the power of regional and global collaboration through institutions and partnerships and the positive impact.
Learning: quality education and developing world class African human talent with an entrepreneurial mindset and 21st century skills to thrive in the globally disrupted world of work.
Innovation: education must continuously evolve to meet the challenges of the fast-changing and unpredictable globalized world.
Employability: commitment to enhancing employability of graduates.
Communities: delivering a positive social impact in local communities.
Nile University has proven success stories that align with its motto, “Build Your Success for a Better Society,” and Honoris United Universities’ commitment to ensuring that students are provided with an education that boosts their employability and equips them to positively impact the society.
Asim is an entrepreneur who obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Nile University of Nigeria in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Since completing his degrees, Asim has established two thriving businesses— Suya Craze and Mallmark. Suya Craze (https://suyacraze.com/) is the first e-suya spot in Nigeria, while Mallmark (https://mallmark.ng/), which was launched in June 2021, is an e-commerce platform (website and app) that deals exclusively in the sale of local products ranging from fabrics to incense.
Asim, who is currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at Nile University, attributes his success as a digital entrepreneur to the Honoris-driven, 21st century, technology-driven education which has provided him with the tools needed to become a successful e-entrepreneur. Honoris’ motto, “Education for Impact” is also very visible in Asim’s businesses which seek to positively impact society— Mallmark, by focusing exclusively on the sale of local products, aims to promote and aid the growth of Nigerian businesses. In the same vein, Suya Craze has a monthly corporate social responsibility program whereby free Suya is given out to poor children in Kano.
“I’ve heard many stories of graduates of Computer Science in the country who do not know how to use computers because their universities did not have the requisite infrastructure. Thankfully, I can’t relate to that. Virtually all academic and administrative operations at Nile University are digitized, so there are computers, Wi-Fi, and other digital infrastructure and devices almost everywhere on the Nile University campus. As a digital entrepreneur and PhD student in Computer Science, this is like a gold mine for me because the entire campus feels like a well-equipped lab where I have all the tools to experiment my ideas with.”
Nile University provides students with an apt environment to achieve their potential and, consequently, contribute to societal growth. From joining and becoming President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Nile Chapter, to participating and winning the national and Africa regional paper contest in 2018, Hajara’s time at Nile University prepared her for success as a STEM and gender equality advocate. Hajara, who is the Founder of the Girl in STEM initiative, promotes and supports the increased participation of young Nigerian girls in STEM. Through her efforts, she aims to counter the narrative of Northern Nigerian females being the most educationally disenfranchised. Hajara’s STEM advocacy recently won her a British Chevening Scholarship at the University College London.