Havilla University, Nde-Ikom (HUNI) in Ikom Local Government Area is the first university, either private or state-owned, in the entire central and northern senatorial districts of Cross River State, Nigeria. Havila University was founded by Hon. Evang. Jones Ayuk Ojong Tangban, who is the Chancellor, and his wife, Mrs Blessing Tangban, as the Chairperson of the SteadyFlow Group of Schools. Havilla University was licensed on 8 April, 2021, by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The unveiling of the University to the world took place on 06 November, 2021.
Havilla University popularly known as HUNI is sited on a 228 hectares of land at Km 15 Ikom-Ogoja Road in Nde, Ikom. HUNI is located 215 km from Calabar and 84 km from Ogoja, all in Cross River State; 100 km from Abakiliki in Ebonyi State; 160 km from Enugu, Enugu State; 200 km from Makurdi and 120 km from Gboko, all in Benue State; as well as 28 km from the Republic of Cameroon.
HUNI is set to bring a dynamic system of teaching, learning, and research in a serene environment, aided by cutting-edge equipment, facilities, and structures to aid in the development of world-class graduates who will be competitive in content and character. Our noble institution’s basic principles are established on the foundations of knowledge and student-centered teaching and learning, participatory communities, balancing stability and change, and global relevance; these are the foundations on which our outstanding students are molded. Havilla University has four Faculties, which include: Faculty of Computing and Sciences; Faculty of Management and Social Sciences; Faculty of Law, and the Faculty of Health Sciences, and 16 NUC-approved programmes.
The vision of Havilla University is ‘to be a leading University recognized, nationally and internationally, for promoting innovations in teaching, research and public service through its academic programmes'.
The mission of the Havilla University is 'to transform the lives of its students and staff and empower them with knowledge, skills and values to enable them excel in their fields, achieve successes and transform their societies'.
The core values of our great institution are built on the premise of Learning, Integrity, Excellence, Ethical Standards, Discipline, Technology, and Academic Freedom, these form the basis upon which our excellent graduates are molded.Spirituality, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Integrity, Responsibility, Diligence, and Sacrifice are what defines our commitment to excellence.
The philosophy of the Havilla University is guided by a five-point agenda that focuses on the impact of the University on its staff and students and the world at large. These cardinal points are:
i. Knowledge creation — this is rooted in the philosophy that knowledge is power. It holds the belief that learning illuminates the mind and also brightens the paths of human beings to progressive self-discovery, leading to innovative contribution to development. Knowing that ignorance is darkness and darkness leads to poverty of mind, Havilla University provides an atmosphere of academic liberty for in-depth discovery of mind and purpose;
ii. Student-centered — this provides wide opportunities, resources and facilities to enhance students' learning in academic, moral and community activities. This way, an avenue that prepares young people to be intellectually sound, morally balanced and professionally proficient is instituted in Havilla University;
iii. Community-participatory — this is to promote participatory management on the understanding that all stakeholders have contributory roles in the achievement of the goals and objectives of Havilla University;
iv. Balancing Stability and Change — with relevance to the rapidly changing social and technological revolutions of the 21st Century, Havilla University creates a balance in retaining positive values while it strives to reverse the depth of poverty and place relevance on the institution of entrepreneurial education, job creation and value re-orientation; and
v. Global Relevance — this ensures that the learning, teaching and community services shall embrace international perspectives and the impact of globalization while acting locally to meet societal needs. This is built on excellence in the academic and research programmes of Havilla University.
The law establishing Havilla University has outlined its objectives aimed at meeting its vision and mission. The objectives of Havilla University are to:
i. Encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring higher and liberal education;
ii. Provide sources of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, and to make those facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them;
iii. Encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavour;
iv. Evolve academic programmes to suit the changing social and economic needs of society through continuous review of curricular and developments of new programmes through programme structural flexibility to respond to societal and technological changes;
v. Create and expand access and opportunities for education, attract and retain quality students, researchers, and teachers, thereby assisting in developing human capital and mitigating the brain drain currently afflicting Nigeria;
vi. Appreciate and stimulate interest in African and other regional cultural heritage and relating its activities to the social and economic needs of the people of Nigeria and the world;
vii. Carry out basic and applied research leading to the domestication and application of new technology to the Nigerian context through collaborative linkages with other academic and research institutions in Africa and the rest of the world;
viii. Establish a centre for entrepreneurial studies to stimulate job creation and innovative abilities in students from the onset of their studies, in such a way that graduates shall be resourceful, self-reliant and job creators; and
ix. Undertake other activities appropriate for teaching, research and community service as expected of a university of a high standard.