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Prof Boniface Ginikanwa Nworgu PHD

PROFESSOR BONIFACE GINIKANWA NWORGU (PhD, MSTAN, MAEAA, MEARNiA, MIAEA, FIIAN, FAPQEN, FAEAA FSR,  FISETL FNAE) is an erudite Professor of Physics Education and Psychometrics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Founding Director, UNN Centre For Distance & e-Learning.

He got his primary education from his community school- Alulu Central School in Alulu autonomous community, Ngor- Okpala LGA,  from where he proceeded to Okpala Secondary School in 1972 and graduated with one of the best results in 1976. He obtained a Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] and a Master of Education degrees in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the University of Nigeria in 1990 and 1985 respectively. He had, earlier in 1982, earned a Bachelor of Science [B.Sc.] degree [First Class Honours] in Physics Education from the same University as well as the Nigeria Certificate in Education [N.C.E.] in Mathematics and Physics from the then Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri in 1979.

Having made  First Class Honours, the first person ever to make a First Class Honours Degree in Physics Education at the prestigious  University of Nigeria  and being the  best graduating student in his Faculty, he was given automatic employment by his University  as a Graduate Assistant in 1983. Thus began his sojourn in the academia at the age of 24.

He sustained his brilliant academic pursuit, obtaining his Masters and PhD in 1985 and 1990 respectively. Having tested the sweetness of recognition and awards for academic excellence at the end of his Bachelor’s degree in 1982;  having apparently become hungrier for excellence in academics, won the School of Postgraduate Studies Award for best PhD graduating student of  his  Faculty in 1990, as well as the Vice Chancellor’s Award for the Best three Graduating PhD students in the University, that same year.

Due to his brilliance, outstanding scholarship and academic productivity, Prof. Nworgu  made it pretty fast to the top of his career. At the age of 35, he had already been promoted to the Professorial Cadre.

Prof. Nworgu has served his University in many capacities such as member and Chair of various Committees but more significantly, he has held such top administrative positions as Director, Centre for Distance and e-Learning (2015 – Present);  Dean, Faculty of Education (2006-2008); Associate Dean, Faculty of Education (2004-2006); Head, Dept.  of Science  Education (1994-1998).

Professor Nworgu has also rendered invaluable professional services to the wider Nigerian society and various agencies as member of Governing Councils/Boards, Government Technical Working Committees/Groups, Ministerial Committees and  Consultant to several National and International agencies.

A distinguished and renowned international scholar and researcher, Professor Nworgu at various times was Guest lecturer, Department of Didactics, University of South Africa, Pretoria; Visiting Scholar, Science Education Centre, University of Iowa, USA, and Assistant Professor in Research and Evaluation to the Department of Educational Studies, Ohio University, Athens, USA.

Prof. Nworgu is a thorough bred academic, a prolific and avid researcher who has contributed immensely to scholarship, research and development in Nigeria, especially in the areas of science and technology education.

He has to his credit a chain of over 200 scholarly articles published in reputable local and international as well as 10 textbooks.  His Epic Book: Educational Research: Basic Issues and Methodology, is a best seller and widely in use in tertiary institutions across the country and abroad.

Founder of the Association for Promoting Quality Education in Nigeria, (APQEN), Professor Nworgu is a member of several local and international professional Associations among which are Association for Promoting Quality Education in Nigeria (APQEN), Nigeria Academy of Education (NAE), Association for Educational Research and Evaluation of Nigeria (ASEREN), Educational Assessment & Research Network in Africa [EARNiA], Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA), and International Association for Educational Assessment  (IAEA).

An erudite scholar, Professor Nworgu has received many recognitions and awards for his professional accomplishments and contributions to development of education and the nation in general. He is Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education (FNAE) 2019; Fellow, Society for Research (FSR) 2018; Fellow, Association for Promoting Quality Education in Nigeria,  (FAPQEN ) and Fellow, Institute of Industrial Administrators of Nigeria (FIIAN).

A widely travelled scholar, Professor BG has received many recognitions and awards for his professional accomplishments and contributions to development of education and the nation in general. He is:
a 2- time  winner of Idogie Ivowi Price for best paper  presented at annual STAN conferences, 1996 & 2002; Recipient, Distinguished Aluminus Award, UNN, 2004;
Recipient, Academic Noble International Award 2008 by Nigeria Institute of Industrial Administrators;
Recipient of Plaque from UNN in appreciation of his outstanding stewardship as Dean, Faculty of Education, 2008, among others.

Professor Nworgu is a well-known and highly respected community leader in his area – Ngor-Okpala. He is cherished by most people from his area for his humility, modest and service-oriented style of living as well as philanthropic disposition. He was the pioneer President- General of Alulu Development Union (ADU) and holds the chieftaincy title of “Eze Chinyereugo I of Alulu” conferred on him by his  autonomous community in 2004 for his contributions to the development of the community.

He is a devout Christian, and a Knight of St Christopher (KSJ). He is married to his amiable heart throb, Prof Loretta Ngozi Nworgu, who is also a Professor of Science Education at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

They are blessed with children.

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