The name, Paul University, arose from the fact that Paul of the Holy Bible was known as an erudite scholar, learned in law, and Jesus Christs’ foremost apostle, whose missionary zeal and writings/epistles lent wings to the propagation of the Christian Gospel to all nations. On account of this, in 1904 the Niger Mission deliberated and designated its premier college, St. Paul’s College Awka, in honour of this Christian hero. Continuing in this belief in his honour, and in the same historical tradition, the proprietor of the university found Paul a fitting patron of the new institution. He thus named it Paul University which has both historical and philosophical significance.
Conceptual Frame work
For historical purposes, the Paul University has adapted the logo and adopted the motto of the Old St. Paul’s College, established in 1904. This is to maintain and sustain the cherished tradition imbibed by generations of St. Paul’s College students.
The logo has a prominent episcopal purple, circular background, projecting the Cross of Christ, an open Bible, a wheel and nuclear rings. The above motif is bounded by two leaf green stylized palm fronds, with a blue scroll base, bearing the University motto.
- The open Bible and the Cross: represent time-tested and sustaining Christian traditions and values, and the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of all wisdom and knowledge, be it arts and humanities, science, engineering and technology, etc
- The nuclear rings: represent science
- The wheel: represents engineering and technology
- The purple circular background colour: represents Episcopal spiritual guidance in a faith-based and spirit-driven institution which the university is planned to be.
- The leaf-green stylized fresh palm fronds signify potential growth, and
- The royal-blue scroll symbolizes high quality academic distinction and excellence.
The motto of the Paul University “Ecce ego mite me” (here am I, send me), is a bold declaration that the planned University and its students are dedicated to service – to all peoples under God. The University is poised to produce disciplined and dedicated men and women, well-prepared to render the quality of service which hitherto has been lacking both in the public and private sectors. The University is inviting Nigeria to recognize the special breed of students it proposes to produce and to count on them as a new generation for change.
Four distinctive colours are depicted in the University Logo, and they constitute the planned University colours. These colours are:
- Episcopal purple, depicted in the circular background of the logo, representing spiritual guidance and faith under which the University will operate;
- Leaf-green, depicted in the stylized fresh palm fronts, symbolizing, lively and vibrant development;
- Royal blue, reflected in the scroll, symbolizing commitment to academic excellence; and
- White in the general background signifying purity.
The five faculties of the University will have the following colours:
- Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences: Gold
- Faculty of Management and Social Sciences: Pink
- Faculty of Environmental Sciences: Violet
- Faculty of Engineering and Engineering Technology: Brown
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Red
These colours will be reflected in the hoods and tassels of the respective faculties which would be worn with the academic gown that will be approved by the University Senate