VC boasts as enrolment at Nigeria’s National Open University hits 515,000

VC boasts as enrolment at Nigeria’s National Open University hits 515,000

- The vice chancellor of Nation Open University of Nigeria, Abdalla Adamu, has said 515,000 students are currently enrolled in the institution

- The vice chancellor, who boasted that the university has become a reference point, added that the institution is the most successful education centre

- Adamu also said that the university would look for its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats being the custodians of open and distance learning in Nigeria

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), through its vice chancellor, Abdalla Adamu, said 515,000 students are currently enrolled to pursue different courses at the university.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adamu said this on Monday, November 26, during the first vice chancellor’s retreat for principal officers, deans and directors of the institution in Enugu.

He, however, said that of the figure, only 150,000 students are active across the 78 study centres of the institution in the country.

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Legit.ng gathers that the vice chancellor also described NOUN as a one-stop solution to open and distance learning in Africa.

He said that the institution had spent the last 15 years developing its programmes, adding that the institution has the largest open and distance learning university on the continent.

Adamu said that no fewer than five countries in Africa including Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Mozambique and Malawi were understudying NOUN.

He said: “Our centre is now a reference point and the most successful. We are dealing with African realities and problems and other countries are sending their people to know how we run the programme.

“Recently, we gave out about 1,700-course materials to Zimbabwe on request and others are also consulting us. This retreat is introspective and aims at self and institutional improvement.

“We are going to look into our areas of strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as custodians of open and distance learning in Nigeria.

“The aim is to take from the positives of our achievements and document them for posterity in form of annual report."

The vice chancellor said that NOUN, over the last 33 months, had focused attention on system reform.

Adamu added: “We are going to interrogate our efforts so far and see how well they have fared.

“In spite of our strategic importance, we must not forget the number one stakeholders in the NOUN project– students.

“Thus, how to deliver to them a life-enhancing learning experience in line with our university’s vision and mission must guide our actions and thoughts, both here and elsewhere."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Emmanuel Animashaun, the president of University of Ilorin students’ union body on Monday, November 26, said the institution's charges were the lowest in the country.

Animashaun made this known at a press conference organised by the union to mark its administration’s first 100 days in office.

Animashaun added that the students have realised that, in spite of the hike in school fees and other charges by other universities, the University of Ilorin school charges remain the lowest among Nigerian universities.

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