The history of CALEB UNIVERSITY dates back to 1986 when Prince Oladega Adebogun planted the initial seed for a nursery and primary school in the heart of Mainland Lagos. The academic attainment within the school, coupled with the exemplary moral behavior of the students increased demand for places in the school. Parents also began to yearn for a secondary institution that emphasizes the same objectives, ambitions, values and teaching methods. This, logically, paved the way for the establishment of Caleb International College in Magodo GRA, Lagos in 1995.
The college served as a natural transition path for many pupils who have attended Caleb Primary School. Within a few years of establishment, the performances of the college students at the Junior and Senior Secondary Certificate examinations (JSCE/SSCE) quickly established Caleb amongst the ranks of high-flying secondary schools in the country. The college expanded its extra-curricula programme, expanded its music band, and included overseas study tours for its students from 1999.
In 1999, application for places at the College reached an unprecedented level, with full application to every available space. Such positive interests agitated the need for a bigger location. Caleb International College continued the rich tradition of moral and academic excellence and sometime in 2003, a branch of the College was established in Lekki, to cater for parents residing in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki axis of Lagos.
To maintain its position as a prime provider of qualitative education and respond to the industrial demands for staff of true international caliber, the establishment initiated the necessary process for the introduction of a Cambridge 'O' level programme and International General Certificate of Education (GCSE) in 2004. Caleb's position as an international organization was truly recognized in 2004 when it was admitted as a full member of the International School's Association (ISA). Prince Adebogun also felt deeply inspired to establish a university that will do for tertiary education, what Caleb has creditably done for primary and secondary education and in response to the invitation of the Federal Government of Nigeria through Act no. 9 of 1993 to allow Private Corporate bodies or individual Nigerian Citizens to establish and run Universities, subject to meeting approved guidelines, such as having an approved Academic Brief, Master plan, University Law and proven ability to finance such a project.
By 2005 much progress had been recorded with the production of the Draft Academic brief, Draft University Law and purchase of over 100 Acres of land in Imota, Lagos State. By November of same year, the first NUC-SCOPU verification was held in May, 2006. To the Glory of God, on May 17, 2007, the Federal Government of Nigeria granted a probational operational License for Caleb University to operate as a private University. The University started full academic programme with the admission of its first set of students, a total of 83 male and 58 female students on Monday, January 7, 2008.
VISION AND MISSION
The Vision of Caleb University is to be the leader in producing manpower in commerce, technology and the environment with due regard to relevance to societal needs
The Department of Mass Communication in the College of Social and Management Sciences (COSOMAS) of Caleb University, Lagos came into being as a result of the resolve of the management of the university to establish a journalism school that is second to none in Africa.
Prior to the take-off of the department in the 2009/2010 session, the management of the University set up a committee of Mass Communication experts in 2008 to design the curriculum for the take-off of the department. The committee members included: Professor Ralph Akinfeleye, Professor Idowu Sobowale, Professor Lai Oso, Professor Dayo Alao, Dr. Reuben Abati and Mr. Jimi Kayode. The committee came up with the unique curriculum currently being used by the department using the National University Commission (NUC) Benchmark.
The Department admitted its first set of 35 students in the 2009/2010 session. The pioneer academic members of staff of the Department were Professor Lai Oso, Dr. Adepoju Tejumaiye and Mr. Achike Okafo.
The Department of Mass Communication has keyed into the vision of Caleb University of moulding top-notch undergraduates who, in response to the peculiar needs of Nigeria, would graduate to supply the much needed manpower to man the country’s economy, resources and social development, by profitably investing their intellectual skills and also exploring the robustness, blessings and innovations of ICT which are to be adapted to the country’s unique business environment.
It is in this context that the Department, conscious of the plan to eventually transform into a
School of Mass Communication, has anchored its vision on being:
a top-class Nigerian and internationally acclaimed Department teaching its courses, with excellence and resourcefulness . It conducts trail-blazing researches and facilitates
linkages that empower its graduates to contribute optimally and superlatively to the advancement of knowledge. The department focuses on Cinematography and Film, Print and Broadcast Journalism, Production and Management and Public Relations and Advertising. It places emphasis on their practical application to societal needs, through the full exploration of the benefits of Information and Communication Technology, global best practices, and in response to Nigeria’s unique operational and business environment.