FG upgrades Alvan Ikoku College to university status

In a significant stride towards enhancing the educational landscape in Nigeria, the Federal Government recently approved the upgrade of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education to a full-fledged university. This transformative decision has generated substantial interest and excitement within the academic community and beyond.

Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, located in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria, has a rich history in the country’s educational landscape. Established in 1963, the institution has played a pivotal role in teacher training and development. It is named after Dr. Alvan Ikoku, a renowned Nigerian educationist and activist who advocated for the improvement of education in Nigeria during the colonial period and after independence.

The college has a longstanding tradition of excellence in teacher education and has significantly contributed to the production of well-trained educators who have gone on to make substantial impacts in the Nigerian education system. Over the years, Alvan Ikoku College has grown to become one of the leading teacher-training institutions in Nigeria.

The decision to upgrade Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education to a university marks a turning point in the institution’s history. The Federal Government of Nigeria, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, recognized the need for this transformation to meet the evolving educational demands and standards in the country.

The federal government has upgraded the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) to university status.

This was disclosed by the former provost of the AIFCE, who is now the acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Stella Lemchi

She said, “We bring you warm greetings from the entire community of Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri. This is to acquaint you with the current reality and status of our institution, formerly known as Alvan Ikoku College of Education, and now the Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri”.

The DVC thanked President Bola Tinubu for the consistent policy of his administration to ensure that the journey that started 60 years ago came to reality. Lemchi also expressed the institution’s gratitude to the state governor, Hope Uzodimma.

On the history of the institution, Lemchi added: “The journey that recently culminated in the upgrade of our institution started in 1963, when, on the recommendation of the Ashby Commission, the institution was established as the Advanced Teacher Training College, Owerri under the auspices of UNESCO on behalf of the United Nations (Special Funds), and the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“The College was established as one of the four projects aimed at expanding facilities for the training of secondary school teachers in Nigeria, which envisaged one Federal Training College at the national level in Lagos and three colleges to serve the Eastern, Western, and Northern Regions, respectively.

“The government of the East Central State of Nigeria, by Edict No. 11 of May 31, 1973, upgraded the Advanced Teacher Training College Owerri to the status of a full-fledged College of Education named in honour of the great educationist, Alvan Ikoku, a former leader of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and proprietor of the first indigenous privately-owned secondary school in Nigeria.”

The transformation of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education into a university is a momentous development in the Nigerian education sector. This upgrade is expected to bring about improvements in the quality of education, expand opportunities for students and faculty, foster research and innovation, and contribute to regional development. It underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing education and creating institutions that are well-equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As Alvan Ikoku University embarks on this new journey, it will be exciting to witness the positive impact it will have on education in Nigeria and the broader academic community.


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