Redeemer's University Nigeria

Redeemer's University is a private university in Ede, Osun State, Nigeria. Established in 2005, it is owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and situated off the Ibadan-Osogbo Road.

Redeemer's University
Main entrance
MottoRunning with a Vision
TypePrivate undergraduate & postgraduate
Established2005; 19 years ago (2005)
FounderRedeemed Christian Church of God
ChancellorTheophilus Danjuma
Vice-ChancellorShadrach Olufemi Akindele
Location, ,

7°40′52″N 4°27′29″E / 7.680984°N 4.4580597°E / 7.680984; 4.4580597
Campus812 hectares (2,010 acres)
ColorsBlue, gold & white
Logotype of Redeemer's University

History and governance edit

Side view of the main rntrance

The university was founded by the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 2005.[1] Headed by the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, a PhD holder in applied mathematics.

The Federal Government of Nigeria granted an operating license to the Redeemer's University on 7 January 2005. In order to realize its dream, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the Proprietors of the university, initially acquired a large expanse of land in Ede, Osun state, having obtained the Certificate of Statutory Right of Occupancy in 1997. The site of the university covers an area of about 812 hectares (2,010 acres).[2]

The university took off at the temporary site in the Redemption Camp on 11 October 2005 with 4 78 students admitted into three colleges. On 1 February 2006, 473 students matriculated into the colleges to pursue bachelor's degrees in various programmes, and the university has produced 13 sets of graduates.[3]

Vice-chancellors edit

Aerial view of VC's office

Below is the list of vice-chancellors, from inception:

Redeemer's University list of vice-chancellors
1 Oyewale Tomori 2005-2011 Pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Virology and former World Health Organization Executive for Sub-Saharan Africa; Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science.
2 Debo Adeyewa 2011-2018 Professor of Meteorology, Federal University of Technology Akure Ondo State, Nigeria.
3 Anthony Enisan Akinlo 2018–2023 Professor of Monetary and Development Economics.[4]
4 Shadrach Akindele 2023- present Professor of Forestry. [5]

Campuses edit

Redeemer's University provides on-campus accommodations for its students. It offers rooms designed to accommodate three students.[6]

View of an undergraduate hostel room in RUN

Halls of Residence edit

Undergraduate students at the University reside in the halls of residence, located on campus. The hall of residence is divided into two: Queen Esther Hall for female students and Prophet Moses Hall for male students.[6]

African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) edit

The Centre Director and other researchers in ACEGID

In 2013, the university won a World Bank Grant to fund the establishment of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID). To win the grant, Redeemer's University entered a competition with 15 prestigious universities selected from West and Central Africa and after a rigorous exercise and based on the quality of work exhibited in her proposal, the university was awarded the grant which gave birth to the centre.

It is a World Bank funded collaborative research center. The partners are West African academic and medical institutions (Redeemer's University, University of Ibadan, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, University of Sierra Leone, Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone and Universite Cheik Anta-Diop de Dakar). ACEGID has a mandate to build capacity in the field of genomics in young African scientists and identify and characterize pathogens of unknown origin using microbial metagenomics. Ultimately, the project aims to translate the research outcome into products that can be deployed to the field to contribute to the control, management and elimination of infectious diseases in the African continent.[7]

Some achievements of ACEGID edit

  • Accurate diagnosis of the first case of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the 2014 EVD outbreak[7][8]
  • Sequenced approximately 250 Ebola virus genomes and made available in open access databank[9]
  • Provided tools and training for disease diagnosis, sequencing and bioinformatics
  • Developed the capacity and provided facilities to study a BL4 pathogen in rural field settings (Nigeria and Sierra Leone)[7]
  • Developed Ebola virus rapid diagnostics test (RDT) for rapid diagnosis of the disease in 10mins[10]
  • Developed a new pan – Lassa fever rapid diagnostics test kit for diagnosis of the disease in 10mins.[7]
  • Discovered 2 novel highly divergent rhabdoviruses in Ekpoma, Nigeria[11]
  • Used clinical sequencing to uncover the origin and evolution of the Lassa virus
  • Discovered neutralizing monoclonal antibodies that target epitopes on Lassa virus glycoproteins giving potential for immunotherapeutic in Lassa fever.[7]
  • Participated in the 1000 genome project for the development of global reference for human genetic variation[12]
  • Received the 1st prize in the life sciences and Medicine category at the 6th Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair.[7]
  • Trained approximately 1000 young African scientists in the field of Genomics and Bioinformatics between 2014 till date.
  • ACEGID was designated as one of the three Africa's regional reference laboratories for genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging pathogens.[13]

Academics edit

A garden between lecture rooms

The university runs both undergraduate[14] and postgraduate programmes.[15] Undergraduate programmes started at inception in 2005 with three colleges. They were the College of Natural Sciences, College of Management and Social Sciences and College of Humanities.

In the 2012–2013 academic year, the university admitted its first set of M.A., M.Sc., and PhD. students. So far, the university has produced 12 sets of graduates as of November 2020.

In the 2019/2020 Academic Session, the university changed from the Collegiate system to the Faculty system.[16] Also in that academic year, the university added two new Faculties, namely the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences. Earlier in 2017/2018, the university commenced the Faculty of Law[17] and the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences.[18]

Awards and recognition edit

Highlights of some awards won by Redeemer's University
Year Award Awarding Organisation
2014 Winner, ICHEM Global Award, UK (Resource-poor People Award)[19] Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
2016 Winner, Overall best Nigerian University in the fields of Life Sciences and Medicine, NURESDEF (Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair)[20][21] National Universities Commission (NUC)
Winner, Seedling Labs Equipment Grant, USA[22][23] Seeding Labs
2017 Winner, UNIDO National Quality Gold Award[24][25] United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in collaboration with European Union
2020 The Alexander von Humboldt Grant[26][27] The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2021 Best University in Research – Nigeria Media Nite-Out Award[28] Nigeria Media Nite-Out Awards (NMNA)
2021 2nd Overall Best University in Nigeria[29][30] National Universities Commission (NUC)
2021 Winner, Al-Sumait Prize for African Development (Health)[27][31] Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
2022 NAS Gold Medal Price[32][33] Nigerian Academy of Science
2022 Excellence in Adopting Emerging Technologies (Private University)[34] Nigeria Technology Awards (NITAD)

Notable faculty edit

Notable alumni edit

References edit

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  30. ^ PositiveNaija (24 October 2022). "2021 National Universities Commission (NUC) Ranking of Universities in Nigeria". PositiveNaija. Retrieved 19 March 2024.
  31. ^ "Laureates". Al Sumait Prize. Retrieved 22 March 2024.
  32. ^ "NAS Presents NAS Gold Medal Prize: The Nigerian Academy of Science". The Nigerian Academy of Science. Retrieved 16 February 2023.
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