FUHSA matriculate new students, seeks partnership with Dangote Foundation on research

Mohammed Kaka Misau

The Federal University of Health Sciences Azare (FUHSA) has matriculated over 600 newly admitted pioneer students for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 academic sessions.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Bala Mohammed who stated this while speaking at the maiden matriculation ceremony yesterday, said that the university is soliciting partnership with Dangote Foundation to commercialize the research products of the university on nutrition.

“We are already soliciting for partnership with Dangote Foundation to commercialize the research products that our department of nutrition has started work on”, he said.

Professor Bala Mohammed described the matriculation as a critical milestone in the history of development of the University.

“These pioneer students will be making
history today as the Foundation Students and in the future, when they graduate to impact on humanity using the character and knowledge they acquired”, he said.

The Vice Chancellor while recalling that the University was established by President Muhammadu Buhari on 16th June 2021, noted that its principal officers were appointed with effect from 27 January 2022, barely a year ago.

He said that the full commitment, through team work of the management and various committees of volunteer academics has helped the management in shaping its initial academic programs, curricula, infrastructure needs and institutional documents.

“This gave us a good head start, with subsequent resource verification visit by the National Universities Commission and advisory visit by the Medical and Dental Council of
Nigeria”, he said.

The vice Chancellor noted that the university has reached out to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and
the Radiographers Council of Nigeria which enabled the university have regulatory
inputs into its programs before take-off.

He said that the university is matriculating students into the five academic programs across 7
faculties which includes, medicine, dentistry, nursing, nutrition/dietetics, and

He said that the university’s ongoing collaboration with National Agricultural Land Development Agency (NALDA) is to establish agripreneurship that targets local and international markets with commercially viable nutritional products that will make food a medicine rather than medicine for food.

On his part, Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Tajudeen Sanusi described the creation of FUHSA as a welcome development in the country.

Tajudeen who observed the complexity of operating a medical university, added that of all universities, the only Programme been anchored by two ministries is medical programme.

According to him, “in operating a medical university, you need the teaching hospital which is under ministry of health while the university is under education then the head of teaching hospital must synergize with the provost of college of health science and head of medicine for them to be able to function effectively and graduate Doctors whose competence will not be doubted by anybody”.

He acknowledged that among all federal university of health sciences, FUHSA seems to be growing faster, adding that its timely take off is a sign of more positive things to come.

He advised the management of the University to synergize and work together regardless of their differences for the development of the institution.

“Some of these diversified opinions usually brings positive development, People should not personalize issues but rather look at everything, the argument either for or against as for the development and growth of this University”, he advised.

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