Students' Union

The Collegiate System

DI’s pledge to everyone of our students, faculty and staff is that:

We inspire and support you to become the best version of yourself, spiritually, socially and academically.

A university community is made up of a fantastic mix of people, including undergraduates, graduates, members of staff and even the alumni. The bond between the present and past academic community members must be lasting and this is what DI seeks to realize in it collegiate way of life. The collegiate structure of DI is a defining characteristic of the Institute.


In forming a collegiate system, Daniel Institute is divided into three communities. Each community is called a Society. As of 2021, the Daniel Institute community is comprises three (3) Societies. These are Jeremiah Society, Nehemiah Society and Paul Society.


Society in DI provides an informal setting to continue learning outside your academic course for the whole time you are studying at DI. Welcome to DI’s collegiate way of living and learning together. A member of the DI community could be part of an active, close-knit group, a society which has a vested interest in your welfare, pastoral development and career. The Society plays a major role in the pastoral care of students within each society, having a personal tutorial system, common rooms (JCR, MCR, and SCR) and a warden in charge of the everyday running of the Society. The Society also has a role in the recruitment of students into the Institute. Students admitted are placed in Societies by the Committee of Wardens.


While studying at DI and even after graduation, you remain part of your society. This is why many members of the alumni return to share their skills and experiences years after they have left.


Members of the Societies pay an annual membership fee. There is an annual program of Inter-Society Debate on contemporary religious issues, with the winner being awarded the Chancellors’ shield. The Society is also responsible for student accommodation. It is hoped that in the future, the societies will be well established enough to provide physical building as Common Rooms, social and religious facilities, meals, sporting and scholarships for their members on the main campus of Daniel Institute. 

Matric Dinners are gowned formal dinners where students in various Societies wear academic gowns at the dinners to celebrate the Fresher’ Night.

Why belong to a Society?

Belonging

Our Societies are places where lifelong friendships begin and new passions are discovered. Your Society community will shape your seminary experience and stay with you for life. 


Student Support

Each Society has dedicated staff to support and enable students’ personal development and wellbeing. Courses are not taught in Society. All teaching is done in academic departments. The Society provides an informal setting to continue learning outside of your academic course for the whole time you study at DI.


Opportunity to get involved

Society life gives the opportunity to create and deliver a variety of activities and get involved in student-led and student-run events. From organizing lectures and debates to planning social events, to music –making, to evangelistic trips, there is something for everyone.


Common Room

Student life at DI is shaped by our students, with each society having representative bodies that are usually known as Common Room. Each Common Room comprises elected voluntary student officers, including an Executive Committee. Some members of this Committee represent the students of their Society in the Students’ Parliament. These Common Room executives also organize many of the events and activities thereby making the Society an inspiring and vibrant community.

The Warden

The day to day running of the Society is managed by an elected committee of staff and student members, chaired by the Warden. The Warden is the leader in charge, responsible for enforcing DI and Central University regulations and ensuring safe student conduct. The Wardens are faculty members.

The Student's Union

The Daniel Institute Students’ Union (DISU) is the official representative body for all students attending Daniel Institute. If you are enrolled at the Institute, you are automatically a member of DISU). The Students’ Union also refers to the building where the Students’ Union organization has its offices and which has a shop and a meeting places.


The aim of the Students’ Union is to operate in a fair and democratic manner and promote the welfare of all DI students. DISU acts as a channel of communication between students and the Institute, representing students on many committees at meetings. The Student’s Union encourages and supports student-run clubs, academic, social and spiritual activities. The governing body of the Students’ Union is the Student Representative Council (SRC).

The Common Rooms

A Common Room is a group into which students and the academic body are organized in most universities. The Common Rooms exist to represent their members in the university of Institute life and in some cases, residential hall life. In DI Common Rooms also exist to operate certain services within the Institution, such as recreation, and to provide opportunities for socialization and community spiritual life. In DI, there are three Common Room in each Society, namely the Junior Common Room (JCR), the Middle Common Room (MCR) and the Senior Common Room (SCR). Each of the JCR and MCR has elected voluntary student officers, including an executive committee.


The term Junior Common Room (JCR) refers to the entire undergraduate population in a given Society. More specifically and commonly, the JCR refers to the elected Committee of students who run the undergraduate common room for one academic year. Membership of the JCR is obligatory.


The term Middle Common Room (MCR) refers to the entire graduate population in a given Society. More specifically and commonly, the MCR refers to the elected Committee of students who run the graduate common room for one academic year. Therefore it can also be referred to as the Graduate Common Room. Membership of the MCR is obligatory.


The term Senior Common Room (SCR) refers to the association of tutors, administrative staff, academics and Visiting Fellows in a given Society. More specifically and commonly, the SCR refers to the elected Committee of staff who run the Senior Common Room for three academic years. Membership of the SCR is obligatory.


In addition to the definition given above for JCR, MCR and SCR, each of the terms may also refer to the actual room designated for the use of the group. Each Common Room has a Chairperson. The Chairpersons get together periodically for Meetings of the Chairs, popularly known as ‘chaircom’ (e.g., JCR-chaircom).

Jeremiah Society (The Preachers)

Message: We value every member and challenge every member to excel in new ways. We preach to the unreached. You are also welcome to lots of exciting events and exhibitions here. With us you can develop your talents or discover new ones in a caring and supportive environment.


Motto: Non nobis solum (Not for ourselves alone)


Scripture: “Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire, shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not (Jer. 20:9).

Nehemiah Society (The Builders)

Message: We are a vibrant, inventive and inclusive community. We pride ourselves in being an engaging community, helping prepare our students to be proactive global citizens. We take the Word of Life to the ends of the world, rebuilding broken relationships. We have lively programs of inter-disciplinary lectures and event to enhance academic experience as well as social and spiritual events.


Motto: Me quondam mirabitur orbis (one day, I shall astonish the world)


Scripture: “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build” (Neh. 2:20).

Paul Society (The Tent-Makers)

Message: Joining Paul Society is a life-transforming event. Whatever your excitement is, we share it and feed your confidence with a strong desire to learn, develop and grow academically and spiritually. We run career evening periodically. Our energy, enthusiasm and warmth encourage everyone of us to flourish. We believe in God, we believe in what we do.


Motto: Fides nostra victoria (Our faith is our victory)


Scripture: After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.

Clubs

Clubs can be referred to as the ‘extra curricular’ part of University. There are several clubs within DI Students Union. A Club is a group of people who came together to share time and experiences within a particular interest. In DI Student union, there is so much to choose from – from gardening to baking, from solar panel installation to building construction, from table tennis to jogging, from prayer warfare to physical training at a military base, musical concert to choreography. Some students choose to be part of multiple clubs to meet their multiple interests too. On top of the fun, social and spiritual aspect of joining a club, the experiences can teach you a lot of skills you will need when you graduate for your own personal development or skill transfer to you church members.

Commensality

The term ‘commensality’, derived from Latin, refers to the positive social interactions that are associated with people eating together. The uniquely DI custom of commensality is followed. Once a year faculty eat together with students within their society, sharing (‘co’) a table (‘table’). A special day is also chosen by Dr Mensa Otabil, the Chancellor of Central University and the General Overseer if the International Central Gospel Church, to follow the custom of commensality with any group of DI students of his choice.