NOUN targets one million enrolment figure

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) says it is looking to double its students’ enrollment from the current 500,000 across all departments by 2024.

Graduates of the university will now also be participating in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme and attend the Law School as applicable.

The chairman of the governing council of the university, Professor Peter Okebukola, made this disclosure last week in Lagos while briefing newsmen on the development concerning the university as regards President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the 2018 NOUN Amendment Bill, which provides greater legitimacy to the university as a full-time Open Distance Learning institution.

According to Okebukola, the proposed one million enrollment is in accordance with and follow-up to the three-year ministerial strategic plan which started since 2016 to increase access of qualified Nigerians to university education.

The former executive secretary, National Universities Commission said that NOUN is already repositioning itself to not only significantly improve the quality of learning delivery system, but also seeks to become the best open and distance learning university in Africa.

He noted that the university would roll out in the first quarter of 2019 unique delivery system to address remaining challenges faced by students and is also at a close of hosting the African Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) that would be funded with between $4 million and $6 million by the World Bank in five years circle.

While announcing that the council had approved the promotion of three members of its academic staff to professorship cadre and five others to associate professorship, Okebujola charged them to see their elevation as a call for greater responsibilities.

He commended the Senate of the university and its leadership, led by Professor Abdalla Adamu, the vice-chancellor, who was also present at the briefing.

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