The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has said that the university is partnering several universities within and outside the country, especially in America, Europe and Africa on research and academic development.
According to the institution, such partnership would be symbotic as the research would be based on the needs of the society, where both NOUN and the partnering universities would gain and learn from one another.
“NOUN is not going to be a parasite in the partnership as both institutions will learn from eachj other,” he noted, saying the partnership will be in the areas of academic development, security, employment opportunities and human capacity development.
This was as the university said the discussion had reached advanced stage to mobilise Law graduates of the institution for the Nigerian Law School, as well as to participate in the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme.
This was disclosed by the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of Council of the university, Prof. Peter Okebukola, while addressing journalists at a press conference, held at the Victoria Island, Lagos Liaison Office of the university.
Okebukola, who was supported by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdalla Adamu said steps were being taken by the management to address and put the issue of missing students’ results behind the institution.
“We are deploying technology to clear the phenomenal of missing results in the university. But, some students are not truthful about this, as some of them did not write the examinations only to claim that their results were missing,” they said, promising that the university would address the genuine cases of missing results and in the next few months it would be tackled.
Okebukola hinted that Council had approved the upgrade of NOUN study centres across the country, beginning from next year in phases.
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The Vice-Chancellor said 20 new programmes had been approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence in 2020 academic session at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
“These new programmes are poised to continue NOUN’s leadership role as the flagship in Africa Open Distance Learning (ODL) and provide a diversity of courses that will appeal across all the geo-political zones in the country, thus fulfilling its mandate of assuring that Nigerians have access to flexible and equitable education,” Okebukola said.
He also spoke about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Belarus State University of Informatics and Radioelectronic (BSUIR), which the Council chair said would be symbiotic and mutual as both institutions would learn and gain from each other.
The partnership, according to him, would be in the area of establishing common programme in which students study partly in Nigeria and Belarus; organisation of summer/winter programmes; joint research activities; and joint organisation of international conferences and seminars.