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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.