PCE Partners with Nigerian Church
By Brett Wilson | July 25, 2014
Dr. Julianne Cenac with Apostle Anselm Madubuko.
As the world turns its attention to Nigeria in light of Boko Haram's armed revolt, Regent University's division of Professional & Continuing Education (PCE) is making strides in providing affordable education to Nigerian citizens.
This summer, Dr. Julianne Cenac, assistant vice president for PCE, along with Gladys Dark, PCE's program manager, traveled to Lagos to begin a partnership with Revival Christian Academy's (RCA) School of Business.
"There we were, a couple of women coming from the U.S.—not just bringing education, but higher education and in the name of our Lord," said Cenac. "We see it as a powerful opportunity."
According to Cenac, RCA is part of one of the most influential churches in Nigeria, Revival Assembly, led by Apostle Anselm Madubuko. The School of Business is a new endeavor of the RCA, offering online certificate programs, leadership institutes along with spiritual and personal development opportunities, powered by PCE.
"They're a church that has a lot of business people and entrepreneurs, and so they're always on the front end and very forward thinking," said Cenac. "They're always looking to how they can serve the community."
Cenac explained that though Nigeria has wonderful higher education facilities, many of the universities are at capacity. PCE's goal was to offer quality market-based training programs to people seeking additional education. Madubuko hopes that RCA will one-day reach a "strength" of 1 million students.
"That's how big his vision is—he feels very passionately about education and training Nigerians," said Cenac.
Serving to fulfill Madubuko's vision, the training and executive leadership school began with a soft launch in June and has already enrolled more than 1,000 students.
In the spring of 2015, RCA will also begin a leadership institute, which will provide intensive training for frontrunners in government, business and ministry seeking personal leadership development.
Cenac said that the partnership with RCA was a strategic focus for PCE, and she hopes to return to Nigeria on a regular basis, bringing along other faculty and members of the administration team as the program grows.
"There is a lot of wealth throughout Nigeria—it might not be dispersed throughout the nation, but their cities are developed and thriving," said Cenac. "There is a growing middle class and a group of people looking for training, so we're providing that."
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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
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