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NOUN matriculates 16,000 new students
The National Open University of Nigeria on Saturday matriculated no fewer than 16,000 new students at its study centres across the country.
Speaking during the virtual matriculation, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Olufemi Peters, urged the new students of the institution to show the society at all times that NOUN offers quality education that is equitably and flexibly accessible.
This, Peters said, makes it possible to “learn at your pace and in any location”.
A statement issued by the university and made available to our correspondent in Abuja said the new students, comprising 11,851 undergraduate and 4,808 postgraduate students in various faculties, will join the over 150,000 returning students of the university.
Peters told them, “As our ambassadors, I expect you to be well behaved and to demonstrate to your family members, friends and associates at all times the values that set you apart from your fellow students.
“Our country needs your ingenuity to compete in today’s competitive world,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor added: “It is my firm wish that you acquire the appropriate knowledge and skills at this university, as well as the necessary strength of character and perseverance to meet the challenges of a modern world of global competition.
“This will enable you to make a significant contribution to Nigeria’s deserved place in Africa and the world.”
He reiterated that NOUN is the only accredited Open and Distance Learning institution in Nigeria established by the Enabling Act No. 6, 1983 CAP N63 and is fulfilling its mandate of providing equal access and bringing education within reach of all Nigerians.
It is a testament to our commitment to equality for the many Nigerians who seek access to higher education for better prospects and self-actualisation,” he said.
Peters emphasised the openness of the university, explaining that openness in the context of the university simply meant that the way of teaching and service delivery was not constrained by the barriers of distance and location or the bias of belief.
He said, “Our university uses modern and emerging technologies to impart knowledge to students, you need some basic ICT skills. With an internet-enabled computer and in some cases a smartphone, you have online access to our study materials, instructional videos, tutorials, library resources and classrooms.”
He urged students to be dedicated to the timely and appropriate use of study materials and teaching aids available at the study centre of their choice, saying flexibility and access to study materials and learning aids was a unique attribute of the university to ensure the right to education for all.
Speaking on the e-ticketing platform, the Vice-President said the system was successfully used as a feedback system in the last academic session to resolve students’ grievances during their studies.
He said, “These and other service delivery applications, including the simplified assessment processes (tutorials, tests and examinations), will make your studies at NOUN a most rewarding educational experience.
“Because of the special nature of teaching and learning at NOUN, our graduates are usually the focus of extraordinary interest from people who want to determine the quality of education they received while studying with us.”
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