Abuja based Veritas University in Nigeria appears set to define itself as an academic institution in its first major outing in terms of a national conference on a key theme in contemporary discourse. The university has put together a National Conference as part of activities marking its 10th anniversary. Centered on the theme “Peace and National Development”, the conference has been scheduled for November 19th – 22nd, 2017.
The university has called on intending paper presenters to send in their abstracts by October 30th, 2017. The University’s Centre for Peace and Development is in the thick of the involving academic engagement at which a diverse pool of policy makers, researchers, academics/scholars, political leaders and actors from religious bodies, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations and interested members of the public will engage key issues of the theme.
Among these are Theoretical perspectives on Peace and Development; Peace, Conflict and the Economy; Insecurity and National Development; Security, Human Rights and National Development; Conflict, Reconciliation and National Development; Leadership and National Development; Environmental Conflict and National Development and Corruption, Conflict and National Development. Others are Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peacebuilding; Conflict, Social Justice and Peace; Gender Dynamics, Security and Development; Peace, Education and National Development and Socio-cultural Issues and Conflict Management among several others.
Just ten years old, Veritas University is in the youngest generation of Nigerian universities. It is the Catholic university of Nigeria, meaning it is owned by the Catholic Church in Nigeria. The university might successfully position itself in the vanguard of restoring the university culture in Nigeria corresponding to the uniqueness of its location on an inspiring elevation far away from urban chaos if the conference were to produce anything of an intellectual statement of the age.