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On behalf of the Council, the Senate, Management, Staff, and students of our esteemed university, I wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire Muslim ummah on the occasion of Eid celebrations. May we be blessed with many more joyous Eid-El-Kabir celebrations.


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Pen Resource University lecturers must prepare well in latest pedagogical innovations and skills for teaching the 21st-Century youth. The Vice Chancellor of the institution reels of this in an address during a retreat organized by the university recently to help new lecturers brace up for the challenges of teaching with the use of latest digital tools and facilities for teaching and learning. The Retreat which featured demonstrations and presentations by the Registrar of the Institution Hajiya Hauwa Abubakar and Director Academic Planning Dr. Sani Isiaku. Highlights of the retreat include presentation on Introduction to Digital Tools and Facilities, given by the Director of ICT of the institution Mr Andrew Abaye. Mr Abaye availed the new lecturers with the latest techniques in using digital tools and facilities available for teaching and learning in the 21st Century. He also emphasized the need for the lecturers to imbibe pedagogical innovations in delivering the curriculum, According to him, “Lecturers must stay up-to-date with the latest pedagogical innovations.” Giving details on what these innovations mean, he said lecturers should explore new teaching techniques and strategies that are aligned with the needs and learning styles of the 21st-Century child, which included discussions on active learning, flipped classrooms, project-based learning, and personalized learning. The Vice-Chancellor of Pen Resource University, Gombe, Professor Yusuph Amuda focused his presentation on skill development among lecturers In order to effectively implement the aspirations of the University. He said the University has provided lecturers with abundant opportunities to enhance their skills. Workshops and training sessions were frequently conducted to address their competency in using digital resources, online learning platforms, multimedia tools, and assessment techniques. He also admonished the lecturers to cultivate effective communication and collaboration skills, necessary for engaging and supporting students in a digital learning environment. Giving an elaborate training to the staff on handling the Institution’s Learning Management System called “Octopus”, the Director of ICT, Mr Abaye discussed the Integration of technology into teaching practices. Lecturers were encouraged to explore various digital tools and resources that can enhance student-learning outcomes. This session highlighted demonstrations on the use of learning management system, educational apps, online databases, and virtual reality simulations. The aim according to him was to equip lecturers with the knowledge and skill to effectively leverage on technology for improved teaching and learning experiences. The Institution’s Director of Academic Planning Dr Sani Isiaku delineated the processes of academic administration in the Institution, which include the roles of Class Advisors, Heads of Departments, Deans of Faculties and those of the Registrar. He emphasized the ardent need for record keeping, taking class attendance on Octopus, regular mid-term standard test and the general processes of examination administration. He said, for students to be eligible for examination, they must satisfy the condition of 70% class attendance. According to him, there is no compromising on this. On her part, the Registrar, Hajiya Abubakar explained the various Support Systems available in the Institution. She said, recognizing that adapting to new pedagogical innovations and digital tools can be challenging, it is important to establish a robust support system. She introduced lecturers to various support services available within the university, such as instructional designers, educational technologists, and IT support personnel. These support systems were conceived to assist lecturers in integrating technology seamlessly into their teaching practices and addressing any technical or pedagogical issues that may arise. Overall, the VC stressed the need for synergy, collaboration smooth working relationships among the entire staff and reminded all that the University is working hard to be a leading tertiary institution in the entire Africa. Level Two Students, Department of Mass Communication

Earlier today, the National Universities Commission (NUC) team visited Pen Resource University, Gombe, for resource verification exercise for the commencement of new programmes in this academic session.

Pen Resource University, Gombe is happy to announce the appointment of Prof. Yahaya Amuda Yusuph of the Department of Mathematics, Federal University of Technology, Minna has been appointed as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Pen Resource University, Gombe State.A copy of the appointment letter signed by the Pen Resource University’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Sani Jauro and made available to Campus News reads in part, “Your appointment is in recognition of your track record of selfless service, commitment, hard work and dedication to duty; and, your contribution to the development of education in general. We strongly believe that you will bring these sterling qualities to bear in the discharge of your new responsibility. Prof. Yahaya who has authored and co-authored over 70 peer reviewed publications, was Director, Academic Planning in FUT, Minna from 2015 to 2020.The appointment is for a period of one year. Dr Sani Jauro – Pro-chancellor & Chairman of Governing Council

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has recently approved the establishment of the Pen Resource University, Gombe, to commence academic activities. A lecturer from the Federal University of Kashere, Hajara Sani Labaran, PhD, has donated hundreds of copies of books to the Pen Resource University Gombe. She described the university as a welcome addition to Gombe State. In his introduction, the director of academic planning designates of the Pen Resource University, Dr. Sani Isyaka, said that Dr. Hajara was at the university to donate the books upon hearing the news that the university had secured its approval to commence academic activities by the federal executive council. “Here with us is Dr. Hajara Sani Labaran from Federal University Kashere. She heard about the news of the approval of the university to commence academic activities by the FEC and decided to donate some books to the university which she has authored,” Dr. Isyaka said.   Dr. Labaran stated during the handing over of the books to the promoter of the Pen Resource University that the university is timely and a welcome development for Gombe State. “This is good news for Gombe State and Nigeria in general as this university is now at our doorsteps. Being the author of these books, I am here to donate the books I have authored, “Hajara said.  In his thank you message, the promoter of the Pen Resource University, Dr. Sani Jauro, welcomed and thanked FUK’s lecturer for her gesture of donating the books to the university. The promoter noted that Dr. Hajara was the first to donate books after the university had secured its license. Dr. Sani added that before the license of the university, the first person to donate books to the university was Justice Abubakar Jauro, of blessed memory, who, after retirement, donated all his books to the university’s library, followed by the family of the late Justice R.D. Muhammad of Kano, who donated the law books left by their father. Copies of the books donated by Dr. Hajara Sani Labaran were Microbiology at A Glance 1st and 2nd editions, and Medical Microbiology: A Guide to Laboratory Techniques, first edition.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya (Dan Majen Gombe) has praised the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approving the issuance of a provisional license for the establishment of Pen Resource University, Gombe. The Governor, while expressing delight over the development, said the Buhari-led Federal Executive Council deserves commendation for granting the approval, noting that it would go a long way towards improving access to quality education for students in the state.  “I commend the Federal Executive Council under the leadership of our dear President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for granting Pen Resource University Gombe the approval to commence academic activities as a fully licensed private tertiary institution. I’m highly delighted about this development. The establishment of the university will no doubt provide opportunities to teeming young lads, improve access to quality tertiary education and enhance the enrollment of our students into institutions of higher learning, “the Governor said.  Governor Inuwa, who also congratulated the founder of the university, Dr. Sani Jauro, and his management team for the attainment of this feat, assured the Pen Resource University of his government’s support for the smooth take-off of the institution, while pledging to maintain close synergy with the institution for the benefit of the people of the state. He noted that the institution would no doubt contribute to the human capital development of not only Gombe state, but the nation in general.       According to him, “the importance of the presence of the university in the state cannot be over emphasized.” It will support the already existing ones in providing high-level skills necessary for every labor market, as well as training for teachers, doctors, engineers, and entrepreneurs who would develop the capacity and skills to drive the economy of the state and the country in general.   Recall that the Gombe State government, through the Ministry of Higher Education, had provided necessary guidance and advice to the proposed university in the build-up to the processes of recognition and licensing of the institution

As Gombe gets its First Private University By Muhd El-Bonga Ibraheem On the 6th of April 2022, history was made in the North East, particularly in Gombe State, when the Federal Executive Council (FEC)—in one of its numerous meetings— approved the establishment of Pen Resource University (PRU) in Gombe State. With this development, Pen Resource University becomes the second private university in the north-east, behind American University of Nigeria, located in Adamawa State. All preparations for the smooth takeoff of the school were finalized about a year ago. The founders of the school have already put up state-of-the-art facilities in the realms of 21st-century technology-backed instruction. Amazingly, the team members were comprised of seasoned administrators and young academics who have distinguished themselves across all facets of education. This, therefore, isn’t surprising when the NUC visitation team gave the school a swift but superb pass mark during inspection in order to expedite action. Pen Resource University provides an avenue for the people of Gombe, and the north east in general, to have access to some high-demand courses, especially in fields like Cyber Security, Computer Science, Software Engineering, etc., given that disciplines like artificial intelligence and robotics have gradually become the engine room that is ostensibly driving home innovative development in all ramifications of science and technology. The new school will also run programs in medical sciences. Without any doubt, the new school signals a new dawn in the education sector because it succeeds in placing Gombe as a strong education investment destination in a region with horrible education indices, particularly low school enrollment rates and a staggering number of out-of-school children. Our people and those from the north east would find the school very savory to learn from given its propensity to provide an avenue to interact with world-class tutors—mostly foreign trained—drawn from across the nooks and crannys of Nigeria in order to impart knowledge. The proprietor of the new school, Dr. Sani Jauro, deserves some praise because his passion for education in Gombe remains unrivaled. It is not a new fact that Pen Resource already has a number of schools spanning from nursery to secondary schools in Gombe. Their products have been doing wonders not only in Gombe but the nation at large. Just recently, one of its students emerged the best in a nationwide scientific competition—beating students from Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, and Port Harcourt, to mention but a few. And in order to continue to harness the talent of our young ones to make them useful members of society, the proprietor decided to establish a university. Going forward, we need more of these kinds of investments in Gombe in order to close the numerous education gaps that currently exist across the north-east in particular.