An Overview of MCIU’s Proposed Academic Offerings

8 Jan

A new and ambitious higher education initiative drawing students from Delta State, Nigeria, and beyond, MCIU promises to bring high-quality university schooling to the developing region. With a mission to reduce poverty and train the next generation of Nigerians for productive lives, MCIU hopes to propel its graduates toward a sustainable future as local and global leaders.

Over the next decade, MCIU intends to become one of the country’s top sources of undergraduate and graduate education by hosting a wide range of degree-granting programs in the humanities, science, business, law, and other disciplines. Following the creation of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, MCIU plans to introduce phase two of its academic development: the Faculties of Management Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law. After 10 years, MCIU hopes to offer postgraduate education in each of its existing faculties, as well as open a highly diversified Faculty of Engineering.


The Importance of Human Contact for Infants

21 Nov

Janet Ibru serves as the executive manager of CASI Global Investments Corporation in Dubai. Understanding the importance of giving back to the community, she has spent time caring for infants without mothers in Nigeria.

In their early days of life, infants require significant and extended contact with humans. This contact triggers the release of hormones necessary for body temperature regulation and good health. Through human touch, a baby’s body reduces its levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, which promotes better sleeping patterns. In addition, studies have shown that consistent human contact correlates with reduced levels of fear and anxiety later in life.

Issues associated with lack of human contact can be especially pronounced in orphanages, where infants can only receive adequate attention with the help of volunteers from the community. Studies have shown that newborns can actually die from lack of contact, even if provided with adequate shelter and nutrition. This fact alone speaks to the importance of organizations and volunteers who provide care for infants without parents or dedicated guardians.

Janet Ibru: Nigeria Moves Forward As a Global Trading Partner

30 Sep

An experienced businesswoman, Janet Ibru serves as an executive manager for CASI Global Investments Corporation in Dubai. She also draws on her extensive experience in the nonprofit sector to assist in the development of an emerging university in Nigeria. She earned a master of business administration from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C.

Nigeria, which joined the World Trade Organization in 1995, serves as a valued trading partner for the United States, the United Kingdom, India, France, South Korea, China, and other nations. The West African country’s most vital exports are oil and natural gas, with petroleum as the source of more than 90 percent of its foreign exchange receipts. In recent years, the Nigerian government has focused on diversifying exports with agricultural and mineral products, while cocoa and lumber remain significant, as well.

Before the 1970s, agriculture represented the largest export segment for Nigeria, and it continues to employ a large number of the country’s population. The country’s main crops include sorghum, cassava, soybeans, millet, and yams. Today, nearly one-third of Nigeria’s citizens work in the agricultural industry. Many of them serve as subsistence farmers. The population also manufactures textiles, chemicals, fertilizers, and steel.

Nigeria’s chief imports include consumer goods, food products, and transportation equipment and machinery.

Nigeria is the largest sub-Saharan trading partner of the United States. Under the terms of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, it is eligible for preferred trading status. The two nations have signed significant bilateral trade and investment agreements. Nigeria is also a member of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Janet Ibru: What to Consider During a Commercial Renovation

14 Sep

An experienced business operations executive, Janet Ibru is the Executive Manager of CASI Global Investments Corporation in Dubai. Aside from her work with this international firm, Ms. Ibru has experience with real estate in the United States, where she has overseen renovation projects.

When beginning a commercial remodeling project, there are a number of things to keep in mind. The best strategy is to treat the project like a residential renovation, since the two types of renovation have a great deal in common. You will work closely with a general contractor to determine how various spaces will be used and who will use them. The only difference is that you will organize the spaces to increase productivity rather than comfort.

When setting up a commercial renovation, always consider the company’s brand. The physical layout of an office space can have a tremendous impact on the mindset of employees. As such, anyone participating in a renovation should try to create a workspace that captures the essence of the company’s mission, spirit, and objectives.

Janet Ibru: Roedean School Maintains Focus on Fitness

23 Jul
Along with its excellent academic curriculum, Roedean School in Brighton, Great Britain, offers fitness opportunities for student athletes of all levels. The school has provided alumni such as Janet Ibru with opportunities to participate in programs and sports teams that facilitate the development of leadership and teamwork skills as well as athletic prowess. During her time at Roedean, Ms. Ibru, who currently acts as Executive Manager of CASI Global Investments Corporation, participated in several sports including the school and county Netball teams, the school volleyball team as well as the school and county athletic teams. She graduated as the school record holder in Discus and Shot put.

Roedean School approaches fitness in a holistic way, offering everything from Pilates classes to elite sports teams for its all-female student population. The school provides an extensive physical education program and is home to a fitness center, tennis courts, hockey pitches, and an indoor swimming pool.

The most outstanding athletes receive scholarships. Today, the school’s student roster includes a national-record-holding athlete and an athlete who ran with the Olympic torch in the 2012 London Olympics. Roedean introduces students to sports ranging from badminton to horseback riding beginning at year 7, encouraging them to develop all-around physical fitness.

Janet Ibru: Property Investment Tips for Beginners

2 Jul
An experienced property investment consultant, Janet Ibru currently serves as executive manager of CASI Global Investments Corporation. When executed properly, property investment represents a safe undertaking with the potential for significant returns. Here is a quick list of tips to help beginning property investors get started.Prepare for the long term: Property investments rarely produce a significant return in the short term. Property values depend greatly on market conditions and prevailing economic trends; consequently, investing in property requires patience and a focus on the long term.

Educate yourself: Property investment is a sophisticated, nuanced field. It is important to seek out a combination of formal education and advice from industry veterans before setting out on your own.

Avoid fixer-uppers at first: For many beginners, fixer-uppers can represent a serious drain on funds and potentially result in considerable losses. Although the idea of renovating a property may seem like an attractive option, you should start out with properties in relatively good shape.

MBA Core Curriculum at American University’s Kogod School of Business

12 Jun

A successful business operations executive with significant experience in the field of property investment, Janet Ibru currently works as an executive manager with CASI Global Investments Corporation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to assuming this role, Janet Ibru received a master of business administration from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. During her time as a business student, she focused her studies on global finance and international marketing.

The core MBA curriculum at the Kogod School of Business focuses on analytical skills such as accounting, economics, and quantitative reasoning. Students in the program also receive instruction in critical thinking and conceptual abilities such as decision making and strategic planning. Additionally, students have the opportunity to take courses at other graduate schools at American University, including the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Services. The program also offers elective courses in topics emphasizing particular business functions and industry segments, as well as courses with a cross-disciplinary focus.

The Urban Passage Bridge Builders Society

24 May

Throughout her career as a business executive and consultant, Janet Ibru has established herself as a dedicated leader. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Janet Ibru sat on the Board of Directors of The Urban Passage, Inc., a mentoring and community outreach service located in Alexandria, Virginia. The Urban Passage sponsors a range of faith-based programs that connect teens to a positive network and teach them valuable life skills.

Through its Bridge Builders Society, the Urban Passage reaches out to a variety of donors, from individuals to large organizations. Donors can contribute to the organization in a number of ways, including building business relationships, investing financial resources, leveraging life experiences, and providing credibility and access. Thanks to the generous contributions of donors across the region, The Urban Passage has extended unique opportunities to young people in the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention system.

To learn more about The Urban Passage or to find out how to get involved, visit the group’s website at

Janet Ibru: Students Give Kogod School of Business High Marks

2 May

American University’s Kogod School of Business was recently ranked as a top 25 U.S. business school by, an online guide to graduate schools. The guide compiled its rankings based on surveys and answers solicited from 4,500 business school students in the United States. The rankings are unique in that they rely completely on student input and provide insight into schools that may not always appear on traditional business school top 25 lists.

Kogod is known for its cocurricular programs and for allowing students to combine management studies with courses from other disciplines in order to complement their professional goals. As part of a diverse student body that receives a rigorous business education, students learn that they can find both profit and purpose in their business careers. Alumni reflect the school’s values through their commitment to business and to serving their communities.

About Janet Ibru: Ms. Ibru graduated from Kogod School of Business with her MBA in International Marketing and Finance. She later served as the Co-Chair of the Kogod Admissions Committee. Today, she works in the real estate investment sector.

“Swimming for Health and Fitness,” by Janet O. Ibru

12 Mar

swimmingAlthough swimming is sometimes overlooked as a workout option, the benefits of this activity compared to other forms of fitness recreation are significant. Swimming facilitates improved health and weight control through a unique combination of burning calories, increasing metabolism, and exercising each muscle in the body. Many other workouts, such as jogging and strength training, only focus on specific muscle groups. These workouts can also cause injury or joint stress when performed every day. Swimming routines are effective workouts that offer combined cardio and strength training without adverse effects on the joints. Even a light swim burns approximately 500 calories an hour, while a more strenuous workout reaches almost 700 calories per hour. Studies investigating the benefits of habitual swimming document many age-defying properties. Frequent swimmers are up to 20 years younger than their numerical age in terms of physical functioning, show lower blood pressure and better cardiovascular health, and demonstrate better cognitive functioning than non-swimmers.

If you are considering taking up swimming for fitness, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Beginning swimmers often overestimate their endurance because training on land is significantly different from training in water. Swimming necessitates the entire muscular system working in concert to maintain forward motion, as well as a special way of breathing that comes with practice. Swim routines provide the best workouts when divided into short intervals that contain a variety of strokes and drills. Taking frequent rest breaks will not harm your workout, as your heart rate takes longer to drop after a couple of laps across the pool than it does after walking. The Internet offers a wide variety of swim workouts, but this resource should not entirely replace consultation with a professional trainer or swim coach. Swimming is a safe and healthy workout activity for people of any age or experience level.

Liffey Swim - 2010 Dublin Maritime Festival

Liffey Swim – 2010 Dublin Maritime Festival

About Janet O. Ibru: Ms. Ibru swims for recreation and fitness, and she also enjoys many other personal interests. In her professional life, she serves as Executive Manager at CASI Global Investments Corporation.