Sequel to the invitation of the Federal Government of Nigeria through Act No. 9 of 1993 to allow private corporate bodies or individual Nigerian citizens to establish and run universities, subject to meeting approved guidelines such as possessing an approved Academic Brief, Master Plan, University Law and proven ability to finance such a project, Prince Oladega Adebogun felt deeply inspired to establish a university that will do for tertiary education, what Caleb has creditably done for Primary and Secondary education. The University relocated in November 2009 from its take-off site at Magodo, Lagos to the 110-hectare permanent site at Imota after Ikorodu town.
Caleb University, the only bachelor’s degree awarding private university in Lagos State, came into existence, following the approval by the Federal Government of Nigeria on May 2, 2007, rapidly followed up with the issuance of Operating Licence by the Federal Ministry of Education through the National Universities Commission (NUC) on May 17, 2007 for Caleb University to operate as a private university.
The university, with the two Phase one Colleges (the College of Pure and applied Sciences) and its 4 Departments and 11 Degree Programmes; and the College of Social and Management Sciences and its 5 Departments and 5 Degree Programmes, started full academic programme with admission of its first set of students, a total of 83 male and 58 female students on Monday, January 21, 2007.
Currently, it offers 16 undergraduate degree programmes and one postgraduate degree programme across four Colleges: College of Environmental Sciences and Management (COLENSMA), College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS), College of Social and Management Sciences (COSOMAS) and College of Postgraduate Studies (COPOS). All mature programmes have been duly accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and relevant professional bodies.
Caleb University is a faith based University envisioned to be a centre of excellence through the provision of opportunities for respectable, highly qualitative and relevant university education that will engender the production of future leaders imbued with ability and integrity capable of impacting positively on their environments while also being globally competitive. The mission, which flows from the vision, is to create a unique institution committed to the pursuit of academic innovation, skills-based training and a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and community service.
Caleb University’s unique selling points are: a serene campus with a picturesque topography and nature’s gifts of flora and fauna, an ideal setting for study and reflection removed from the madding crowd of the Lagos megacity; uninterrupted academic calendar; emphasis on learning and character; enforcement of rules and regulations for staff and students; competent and motivated workforce, who have been on the Federal University Salary Scale since January 2011; the Leadership Academy that complements the Chaplaincy and formal curriculum in character building; a decent dress code for staff and students which combines the formal, sports and informal on designated days of the week; and working knowledge of French in preparation for international business and career.
With its library holdings growing to 12,200 volumes of books with journal subscription growing to over 1,112 titles, the university prides itself as a leading library for teaching and research. Most of the library’s functions are computerized and the university’s Local Area Network (LAN), an open source integrated library management system software, was installed to network all campus libraries and is in use for cataloguing and other library services. The University library is connected to the internet and has subscribed to many databases online which include HINARI, AJOL, JSTOR, EBSCOHOST, Nigerian Virtual Library, African e-journal, Questia, etc which are highly relevant up-to-date and useful to students and staff in their various disciplines/programmes. The library also engages in user-education for both students and staff.
Staff of the University often participate in local and international researches. To the glory of God, a senior lecturer of the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS), Dr. Chuma Okoro, won the 2011/2012 Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) with his topic titled, ‘Development of Novel Technologies for Diagnosing and Remediating Notable Microbial Problems Associated with Oil Production in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry’.
Also, a breakthrough in the study of ‘Inter-relationship of Plasma Markers of Oxidative Stress and Thyroid Hormones in Schizophrenics’ fetched Dr. O. Akiibinu of the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPOS) a world-wide recognition. The BioMedLib Ltc, 2150 Wise Street, Charlottesville, VA 22905 – 9998 assessed all articles published in recognized first-class journals throughout the world in the area of thyroid hormones between 2012 and June 2013 and out of the top 20 articles, Dr. Akiibinu’s articles was rated the best.
The University has held six matriculation ceremonies and had produced two sets of graduates. For the sixth consecutive session, but to the glory of God and with the support and cooperation of staff and students, the University enjoyed uninterrupted academic calendar, which made it possible for our students to graduate on schedule.
The maiden convocation of Caleb University took place on Saturday, March 10, 2012, 51 months after the University commenced academic activities. Graduands numbering 92 who cut across three Colleges received Bachelor degrees of their various Colleges, having fulfilled the requirements of the statutes and regulations of the institution and found worthy in character and learning. Pursuant to Section 4, sub-section (1)(f) of the University law, the University also conferred (Business Administration) on its visitor Prince Oladega Adebogun and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Public Administration) on its Chancellor, Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd).
The event was preceded by a maiden Convocation Lecture, titled ‘The Power Elite, Nigeria’s Mineral Economic and Arrested Development’, was delivered by Prof. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Director, Monitoring and Research, UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya.
The second convocation ceremony, which took place on March 9, 2013 witnessed the conferment of Bachelor degrees on 287 graduands. The second convocation lecture, titled ‘Electoral Democracy and Political Realignment in Nigeria’, was delivered by Emeritus Professor Akinjide Osuntokun, OON, FNAL, former Nigerian Ambassador to Germany and former NUC Representative in North America (the US and Canada).
The University celebrates its annual Foundation Day in the first week of every January to commemorate the commencement of the take-off of the university at Magodo, Lagos on January 7, 2008. The maiden Foundation Day Lecture was delivered on January 21, 2009 by Professor Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) while that of 2011 was delivered on January 21, 2011 by Professor Jacob K. Olupona, MNOM, of Harvard University. On January 21, 2013, Mr. J. Oguniyi Otunla, FCA, the Accountant – General of the Federation delivered another Foundation Day Lecture.
Another major milestone in the development of the university is the University’s first inaugural lecture, titled ‘Communicating An Implosion: Signs and Wander, Popular Culture and the Crumbling of Empire’, which was delivered on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Professor Nosa Owens-Ibie, Head of Department of Mass Communication.
In terms of infrastructure projects, the university has virtually completed its bakery and factory buildings, and the enterprises are to commence production soon. The printery, for which the equipment has been procured, will take off at the same time. Work has commenced on the Professor Idowu Sobowale International School of Mass Communication complex, which on completion, will facilitate the realization of the university’s objective of becoming the leading professional and postgraduate media training centre in Nigeria. A modern sports complex is also being developed to provide adequate facilities for the wholesome development for staff and students.
The laboratories in the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS) are fully equipped. The Mass Communication and Architecture studios are also fully equipped with modern equipments.
The Proprietor of the University is Caleb International Limited, with Dr. Oladega Adebogun as the Chairman. The Administration of the University is at three levels: The Board of Trustees, with Dr. C.O. Kolade, CON, as the Chairman; the Governing Council, with Professor Fola Tayo, MFR, as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council; and the University Management represented by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayodeji O. Olukoju, FNAL, the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Folake Okor, and the Acting Bursar, Mr. Adesina Abubakre.