The aims and objectives of Novena University are not limited to improving highly motivated and qualified graduates to meet the current and projected needs of the work force but also to offer a variety of professional programmes to accommodate the distinctive needs of both conventional and working students.
In articulating its goals and objectives, the University was guided by its desire to produce graduates who are intellectually competent, occupationally equipped, morally responsible, economically independent, aesthetically conscious as well as adaptive and responsive to their physical and socio-cultural environments.
The objectives of Novena University are as follows:
(i) To advance higher education through its thrust of academic (intellectual) excellence animated by the virtues of diligence, discipline, justice and equity;
(ii) To attract and retain brilliant undergraduate and graduate students and prepare them for a successful life in academic pursuit/career of distinction while imbibing new knowledge and understanding from ongoing research;
(iii) To achieve academic excellence in the production of competent and globally competitive graduates who would meet the human resource requirement of the national economy;
(iv) To foster critical thinking, problem-solving skills, creativity and self-expression by challenging students to be original thinkers rather than mere reflectors of other people’s thoughts;
(v) To attract and retain high quality faculty (academic staff) who are both committed to sound scholarship and will strive to apply the wisdom of the past and the discoveries of today to the challenges in a rapidly changing world;
(vi) To inculcate in the students the culture of discipline and learning with a view to improving their understanding;
(vii) To provide a distinctive setting to facilitate the personal development of the body, mind and spirit of the students so that they may be good citizens, role models and future leaders for self-fulfilment and public good;
(viii) To foster academic partnership and collaboration in teaching and research with universities worldwide so that the products of Novena University will be relevant (i.e., fit into the world of work) anywhere in the world.
(ix) To provide quality education to students preparatory to their entering into careers in the professions, industries, public service, business, the arts and in the various trades;
(x) To provide opportunities for the practice of certain income – earning vocational skills as part of the educative process which will help the student defray a large part of his/her educational expenses;
(xi) To help the students develop manual skills that can serve as avenues for recreational and profitable use of time and as a means of contributing towards their economic security;
(xii) To teach the students to appreciate the beauty of nature as portraying God’s creativity and activity in the world;
(xiii) To help the students develop a healthy acquaintance with the fine arts and encourage them to broaden their capacity to enjoy and create works of artistic value;\
(xiv) To impress upon the students the cardinal importance of a healthy respect for nature, the environment and the habitat, for mankind’s survival and well-being on earth.
(xv) To implant and promote in the students an awareness of their physical needs and encourage them to maintain a balance between their academic pursuits and the cultivation of their physical well-being;
(xvi) To sensitize the students to the importance of the care of personal appearance and grooming with emphasis on natural rather than artificial beauty, on simplicity and on modesty in dress and in diet;
(xvii) To stimulate the students to better understand and appreciate the value and dignity of manual as well as other types of honest labour;
(xviii) To help the students to learn effective communication and human relations skills that cut across disciplines, cultures and personal philosophies;
(xix) To develop the students into persons who can be effective members of social institutions such as Church and family, and who will play active roles in contemporary society, seeking to solve its problems and to improve the quality of life for all;
(xx) To inculcate in the students a sense of good citizenship, patriotism and loyalty to the nation and every legitimate action of government;
(xxi) To encourage the advancement of all branches of learning and to make available to all persons, irrespective of race, creed, sex, ethnic origin, social/economic status and political persuasion, an opportunity of acquiring higher education; and
(xxii) To undertake any other activities appropriate for a university of the highest standard.
Strategies for Achieving the Stated Objectives
(i) In the pursuit of these goals, the University is working, in partnership and collaboration with local and international universities and industries, to enrich the experience of its staff and students so that they can perform more effectively as good citizens in an increasingly globalising world.
(ii) Another strategy for achieving the objectives is the erection of such structures as classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories and workshops in accordance with the provisions of the approved master plan document.
(iii) Through adequate provision of instructional facilities to guarantee effective teaching and learning in the University, and by ensuring that such facilities are properly maintained to ensure durability and efficient use by staff and students of the University.
(iv) By ensuring that students admission to the programmes offered by the University is based on merit. Students are required to possess the requisite qualifications in the SSCE/GCE or their acceptable equivalent examinations as well as reasonable score at the University Matriculation Examination (UME). Apart from the external screening examination, candidates seeking admission into the University are required to pass an internal screening test and interview. These measures are adopted to ensure high quality students intake as an essential means of guaranteeing quality output.
(v) By making concerted efforts to attract and retain high caliber and experienced academic and non-academic staff. Recruitment of staff is made through advertisements in the national dailies and the electronic media, and through interviews that are properly conducted. Only those who are successful in the interviews and possess the requisite qualifications and experience are recruited into the service of the University.
(vi) By establishing linkage programmes with institutions, research agencies, industries and other organizations to encourage exchange of staff and ideas.