BAU: Outreach and Growth Fund

Providing BAU with support as it works towards developing a world class physical university campus.
Tz4cqqk7bgiptj5acxyb
Gossy Ukanwoke
Education
Lagos
Nigeria
4 Team Members

Economic, Political and Societal challenges continue to considerably prevent many of those living in developing economies from gaining the education that is their right. 

Therefore, we are creating flexible and diverse opportunities for these under-served demography to gain access to quality higher education learning through the use of internet and mobile technologies.


  • Campus Master Plan and Conceptual Study (July 2013) 
    As part of our vision to provide American campus style experience for our university community (staff, teachers and students), we completed a conceptual study taking into account the beauty and aesthetics for an interactive campus. Learn More

  • Development Land Acquisition for Campus Development (May 2013)
    BAU acquired over 105 acres of development land required for the development of a multi-million dollar university campus that will accommodate over 10,000 students on campus upon its completion. Learn More

  • Start of Online Programs in Entrepreneurship (April 2012)
    BAU started its 12 week Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate program designed for the study of all aspects of starting a business venture. The students will recognize and find their potential for creating a business venture or marketable product/ idea. Learn More


It has been an inspiring journey so far for us. In the past one year we have reached so many students through our Entrepreneurship and Innovation courses helping a few towards the path of creating their businesses and supporting them subsequently.

We have diversified from an Online-only university to a Hybrid university and now we are taking the big step towards creating a full physical campus as an On-Campus university.

We have encountered so many challenges that has led us to learn more about our industry, our unique market and how best to navigate reach more students in developing countries.

However, the cost of the overheads become a burden often times. We need to figure out ways to offset some these costs so that we can conclude the development plans and construction of our campus in time for the next academic year.

We hope that we can get your donations and this will contribute towards the funds we need to cover basic operational expenses, outreach, outsourcing and consulting.


Your Contributions will go towards

  • Funding Outreach Programs to recruit more students for our Entrepreneurship and Innovation Online Classes.
  • Funding Scholarship Programs to make the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Online Classes more affordable for students in under-served communities.
  • Funding Research initiatives on the use of Feature Phones and SMS to implement Mobile Learning frameworks in developing countries where internet access is a challenge.
  • The Development Consulting on Technical and Policy Requirements (So many documents need to be prepared by different experts, designers and architects). (Some of this has started)
  • Funding Pre-Development work on the university development site and interviews by the MoE.


We were fortunate to have the amazing Jen Gallagher design the 1st Phase of our campus, spread out on over 105 Acres of bare development Land. This phase covers faculty buildings, recreational facilities, housing, administrative offices, a hospital, utilities and academic support buildings.

The Campus Plan / Map:

As much as we are ensuring that our campus is beautiful, we also ensuring that it is lead by inspiring minds and the best instructors we can afford. We are also ensuring that our students will be those who can easily integrate into the culture we are developing (Excellence, Openness, Flexibility and Innovation).

We have also developed extensive partnerships to ensure we cover every aspect of education and learning by focusing on the core - Learning and Development and outsourcing the support systems through our partnerships.

One of such is with Fora - which is providing worthy high end Ivy League Accredited Courses at the fraction of the cost for our students to take advantage of.

We will continue to build on our Successes and reach as many students as we can in all regions across Africa, Europe and Asia.


The country’s tertiary learning systems are in a mess. They haven’t been upgraded since the 1970s. Rather than leaving the problem to the politicians, Gossy Ukanwoke is creating an online university called Beni American University for Nigeria - Daily Maverick
Nigeria’s first online university has been launched by Gossy Ukanwoke who has been nicknamed Nigeria’s Mark Zuckerberg. - Channels TV / Reuters Africa
We are bringing the best of all worlds: Social + Education. Students/teachers get to learn from each other based on personal knowledge and research - Forbes
The university, founded by Gossy Ukanwoke, a 24-year old Nigerian, was created to fill up the valley in the Nigerian educational system which is primarily due to infrastructure challenges - Ventures Africa

Why is PayPal not activated?
Unfornunately, PayPal does not work in our region of operation and as such we cannot maintain our PayPal account from here.

How did you arrive at the funding target?
We took an average of the each of the costs / needs we specified under "Your Contributions". 

How will the contributions be spent?
Some of our needs have fixed costs and others do not. We will logically share the contributions towards the flexible needs and fully fund needs with fixed costs assuming we meet our funding goal.

What if your funding goal is not met?
We appreciate every support we receive during our fundraising, and every backer will be welcomed into the BAU Patriot community. If we don’t reach our target, all received contributions will be added to our current funds as we continue to take advantage of our other funding sources.

My questions are not answered here
We are happy to hear your questions, suggestions and contributions. Please feel free to email us at info@beniamerican.org or visit our website for more information.


Find This Campaign On
$517USD
raised in 1 month
3% funded
No time left
$18,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on September 30, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    The Learner

    Acceptance into the BAU Patriot Community. You will be acknowledged and listed as a donor on our website.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $20USD
    The Freshman

    Acceptance into the BAU Patriot Community. You will be acknowledged and listed as a donor on our website and other digital publications

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    The Sophomore

    Including the above perks, A Sophomore will receive a personal acknowledgement note from the BAU Founder.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $75USD
    The Junior

    Including the above perks, A Junior gets listed on our maiden student brochure.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    The Senior

    Including the above perks, a senior's name will be engraved on our campus grounds when completed.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $200USD
    The Graduate

    In addition to the above perks, a Graduate can take a 12 week Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course at BAU at 50% discount

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $500USD
    The Alumni

    In addition to above perks, The Alumni will be invited to any BAU events happening in their region.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $1,000USD
    The Voltron

    In addition to above perks, The Voltron can meet BAU Team Members for lunch to discuss the project when they are in their city. The Voltron can get a closer look at the BAU plan.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $3,000USD
    Team Member

    In addition to above perks, the Team Member will assume an advisory role at BAU for one Academic Year which comes with all the perks of the role.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know.
Other Campaigns You Might Like