Nothing less than 515,000 students are currently enrolled studying different courses at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
According to Premium Times News, the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Abdalla Adamu made this known on Monday during the first Vice Chancellor’s retreat for principal officers, deans and directors of NOUN in Enugu.
The Vice Chancellor said that, out of the figure, only 150,000 students are active across the seventy-eight study centers of the university. He described the institution as a one-stop solution to open and distance learning in Africa.
“Our center 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 program.
“Recently, we gave 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, weakness, 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. 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 experience in line with our university’s vision and mission must guide our actions and thoughts, both here and elsewhere,” Adamu stated.
The Director of Enugu Study Center of the University, Alexander Onyia added by saying that the institution had made progress in delivering qualitative education. He attributed the success of the university to the foresight of its founding fathers, devotion of the leadership as well as cooperation of the students.