ANSWER: Many countries have one form of military university or the other in accordance with their needs. Examples of these are as follows:
- The Army Institute of Technology (AIT), Pune, India is an engineering college meant only for the wards of Army personnel and run by the India Army Welfare Education Society. The president of the Board of Governors is the chief of Army staff.
- Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) University, Munich (Germany). One of only two federal research universities founded in 1973 as part of the German Armed Forces. It was initially established to offer civilian academic education to military officers; however it now admits civilian and international students. It has a established scientific research facilities and forms part of Germany’s two Excellence Clusters of the German’s government’s university Excellence initiative.
- Military University of science and Technology (MIST), Bangladesh. MIST is the pioneer Technical Institute of the Bangladesh Armed Forces for engineering Education and purely a Government educational institution. It is affiliated to the Bangladesh University of professionals (BUP). MIST is a public university administered by the Armed Forces of Bangladesh, just like the proposed Nigerian Army University, BIU. At first MIST was affiliated to the University of Dhaka. There over 2500 students in the institution, where both military and civilian students study for Engineering degrees.
- NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY (NUDT) CHINA, National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) or Peoples Liberation Army National University of Defense Science and Technology is a top military academy, as well as research type national key university located in Changsha, Hunan province, China. It is under the direct leadership of China’s Central Military Commission, and dual management of ministry of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China and Ministry of Education.It is designated for project 211 and project 985, the two national plans for facilitating the development of Chinese higher education. Its authority level equals the Deputy Military Region (see military regions of the people’s Liberation Army). NUDT was ranked as one of the Top 4 Universities in China, the only 4 universities with 7-star status, along with peking University, Tsingua University, and University of Chinese Academy of science.The University is regarded as the indispensable NO.1 Military academy in China, and a symbol of modern Chinese national defense science and technology. It has produced a great number of outstanding graduates for China, played an important role in major state scientific and technological activities such as the Manned Space Flight Project, and has accomplished a significant number of scientific research achievements, prominently represented by Tianhe Supercomputers.
- Army Medical College, Pakistan. The Army Medical College also known as AMC or AM College is a military institute which was established in 1997 as a residential institution for imparting undergraduate medical education to selected cadets. The college was initially affiliated with Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad for the award of MBBS From 1998 to 2015, the college was affiliated with the National University of Sciences, which is University of the Pakistan Army Medical Corps and has been recommended by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the Government of Pakistan to award degrees.
- Counter-Japanese Military and Political University, China. The counter-Japanese Military and Political University was founded in 1931 in Ruijin, Jiangxi. It was initially called China Red Army School and then expanded to a college named China Red Army College in 1933.During the fifth counter-campaign against “encirclement and suppression” in 1934, the college relocated to Wayaobao Town of Anding County in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province. On January 20, 1937, it was renamed “Counter -Japanese University of the Red Army”. After the establishment of the Communist State, the university merged with the PLAN National Defence University.
- Military Technical College, Egypt. (MTC) This is a scientific military college run by the Egyptian armed Forces. The institution which is located in Cairo is Egypt’s scientific military college, whose aim is to supply the army with needed professional engineers. The graduate of the College are commissioned as officers in different branches of the Egyptian Armed Forces. The school was established to aid in the fulfillment of one basic principle of the 23rd July revolution: to build a strong Egyptian Army.As the first step in building this Army the role of contemporary technologies and modern trends in armament were considered. The idea of establishing technical military academy became essential to supplying the new army with engineers. The educational foundation and teaching plans were established by a group of Czechoslovak experts and Egyptian university professors in cooperation with the Czechoslovak Military Academy of Brno, Czechoslovakia. The Military College for science became the Military Technical College according to the re-organizational instructions that were issued on September 7, 1959.
- University of defence (Czech Republic). The University of Defence (in czech Univerzita obrany UO) is the only military institution of higher education of the Czech Armed Forces. Established as of 1 September 2004, it was formed by merging three existing institution: Military Academy Brno (established in 1951), the military University of the Ground Forces Vyskov (established in 1947), and the Military Medical Academy Hradee Kralove (re-established in 1988).Unlike public universities, as a state institution with limited authority the University of Defence is the only university-type school in the Czech Republic that is not a legal entity but an element in the Ministry of Defence structure. Thus, the rights of the minister of Education towards the public universities are performed by the Minister of Defence. The University of Defence is responsible for education of military professionals and experts engaged in national security system, defence industry and public administration. The available Bachelor’s Master’s doctoral degree programmes, both in full- and part-time mode, focus on military and national security fields.
QUESTION: HOW WILL THE UNIVERSITY BE FUNDED?
ANSWER: Funding of the University will be from the following sources:
- Statutory budget allocation as a Public University.
- Funding support from the NA welfare Holdings Limited.
- Grants and loans from internal and external sources such as arranged with multi-nationals and financiers; e.g. clever House, Beligetto, SAMA international, etc. However, this will be subject to proper due allegiance.
- Support from various state Government: some states have pledge to assist in the construction of hostels, library etc.
- Support from legislators: some have expressed the willingness to assist to build some structure.
- Support from Tetfund once FEC approval is obtained.
- Funds from the proposed University holdings comprising, 19 companies as follows:
- NAUB Bio-Technology Centre Ltd.
- NAUB Solar Factory Ltd.
- NAUB Innovation Centre Ltd
- NAUB Silicon Technology Centre Ltd
- NAUB Agro allied Farms Ltd
- NAUB Military Technology Equipment Development Centre Ltd.
- NAUB Properties Ltd
- NAUB Printing and publishing Company Ltd.
- NAUB Technical Workshops Ltd
- NAUB Armament Research, Trial and Development Centre Ltd
- NAUB Economic Plant and Afforestation Ltd
- NAUB Water Bottling Company Ltd
- NAUB packaging Company Ltd
- NAUB Hotels Management Ltd
- NAUB Logistics Transport and Haulage, Ltd
- NAUB Oil and Gas Ltd
- NAUB International Venom Centre
- NAUB International Military Museum Ltd
- NAUB Venom Centre Ltd
QUESTION 8. WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE UNIVERSITY?
ANSWER: The goals are:
- To develop a world class university that produces skilled manpower with distinctive competence capable of meeting the security challenges of the Nigerian Army in particular and other security services in general.
- To promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance through the innovative use of technology by faculty.
- To develop appropriate technological skills, knowledge, expertise and ability to proffer solutions to identified specific operational and training problems affecting the Nigerian Army and other security agencies.
- To promote innovation, inventions, creativity, new methods and processes In facilitating or enhancing operations and training in the Nigeria Army.
- Deliver distinctive and rigorous experiential learning space in science, engineering and technology.
- Establish world-class scholarship and innovation in science, engineering and technology that promote sustainable national economic development.
- To become the pace setter in military equipment design, trial and development.
QUESTION: WHERE IS THE UNIVERSITY LOCATED?
ANSWER: The University is located in Biu, Borno state.
QUESTION: WHO WILL BE THE VISITOR OF THE UNIVERSITY?
ANSWER: The president, Commander in chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be the visitor of the University.
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE ASPIRATION OF THE UNIVERSITY?
ANSWER: To become a leading University and the center of excellence spear heading scientific and technological breakthroughs geared towards providing credible solutions to military and national problems.
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE VISION OF THE UNIVERSITY?
ANSWER: To become a solution center in technology, research and development for the promotion of self-reliance, creativity and innovation in addressing the challenges of the NA, the military and the Nation.
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE MISSION THE UNIVERSITY?
ANSWER: To develop highly skilled military and civilian manpower with distinctive competence capable of providing technological solutions to the problems of the NA, the military and the Nation.
QUESTION: WHAT IS THE ADMISSION POLICY OF THE UNIVERSITY?
ANSWER: The admission policy is based on 75% civilian and 25% military/Paramilitary, security agencies, etc the 75% civilian component will be spread to all 36 states of the Federation as well as FCT.
QUESTION: What are the special features of NAUB?
a. Will be a research-intensive university.
b. Expected to become the first green university in Africa with the planting of 10-15 million trees.
c. Every student, lecturer and worker in NAUB will be expected to plant at least 10 trees per year as part of the institution's green canopy project.
d. Admission structure will comprise 75% civilian and 25% military and paramilitary.
e. Will serve as a production hub for ICT and solar accessories in the North East, Nigeria and eventually West Africa.
d. Students and lecturers will be expected to initiate and nurture at least one innovative project to a useable product annually.
e. NAUB will hold an annual military/commercial product fare annually to showcase innovative products by students and lecturers.
f. Will regularly attract Nobel prize winners as mentors for students and lecturers alike.
g. Will assist Biu community to become a centre of production and learning.
h. Will create a critical mass for military equipment production in Nigeria.
i. Expected to become self-sustaining in the foreseeable future, using internal resources and public-private partnership platforms.
j. Security is assured with two military units and other security agencies in Biu. Will use the smart concept to reinforce security.
k. Will provide academic chairs to facilitate the employment of talented senior citizens and other Nigerians in order to meet its mandate on military equipment production.
QUESTION: What type of University do the founders envisage in the near future?
ANSWER: The founders envisage a world-class university with state of the art academic, administrative and support facilities sitting on a green and well-built environment. An institution that will attract the best hands in the world and which will annually contribute to the local production of military hardware, exportable agro-allied products and an entrepreneurial framework that will impact positively on the Biu Community, the North East, the Nation and West Africa.
NAUB will promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance for accelerated national development. NAUB will seek contemporary science, technology, creativity and innovation with the sole aim of domesticating and replicating them for technological advancement in Nigeria. Most importantly, the University will create jobs and assist to remediate the crisis situation in the North East.
QUESTION: Is the Nigerian Army University a public or private University?
ANSWER: It is a Public University established and run under the auspices of the Nigerian Army.
QUESTION: What makes NAUB different from other Universities?
ANSWER: NAUB will be a centre of excellence for learning, research and technological development which is consistent with the compelling requirements of 21st Century armies that strive to conceive, develop and source their military platforms and other requirements locally. As a solution centre, the university will promote self-sufficiency, self-reliance, excellence, ingenuity, creativity and distinctive competence in intellectual output.
QUESTION: How is the Nigerian Army University different from the Nigerian Defence Academy?
ANSWER: The mandate of the Nigerian Defence Academy is very specific: to produce young officers with first degrees for the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force. In some cases the NDA assists the Police, Para-military agencies such as the Customs, Immigration, the Prisons and Civil Defence Corps as well as other security agencies to conduct training for their officers. On the other hand, the Nigerian Army University is meant to produce skilled manpower (selected civilians and soldiers) with distinctive competence capable of meeting the security and technological challenges of both the military and the nation.
NAUB is a solution centre and is expected to create the critical mass for self-sufficiency and self-reliance in military equipment production in Nigeria. NAUB, which will be research intensive is expected to contribute to the transformation of the Nigerian Defence System into a 21st Century technology-driven force.
The proposed University will be known as the Nigerian Army University Biu and it is conceived as a research-intensive and innovative institution for the transformation of the Nigerian Defence System to a 21st Century technology-driven force. The Institution is expected to impact on the national socio-economic development framework through the provision of creative and innovative solutions that will make Nigerian products more competitive in a rapidly changing and knowledge driven world.
The University will provide a conducive teaching and learning environment in Nigeria that will attract high quality teaching and research staff, together with talented students; thus ensuring the availability of the much needed entrepreneurial 'space' as the platform for bottom up innovation. This will facilitate the grooming of graduates with distinctive competence inducing key 21st century world of works skills that will distinguish them, and their degrees as top performers in the global scene. Apart from being a unique university, it will be a centre of excellence for learning, research and technological development which is consistent with the compelling requirements of 21st Century armies that strive to conceive, develop and source their military platforms and other requirements locally.
As a solution centre, the new university will promote excellence, ingenuity, creativity and distinctive competence in intellectual outputs. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the new University.