National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, said it would establish Community Service Centres in all the 774 local government areas, in order to take quality university education to the nooks and crannies of the country.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, who disclosed this to media executives in Abuja, yesterday, explained that the institution has so far established 70 study centres including special study centres for military and para-military personnel, the police, prisons service, men and officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, across the 36 states.
Tenebe said some of the soldiers fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest and the trouble-spots in the North-East are students of NOUN, explaining that emphasis is on the quality of the academic curriculum, staff and service delivery. The university has over 220,000 students across the country.
In line with international best practices in tertiary educational mandate, he said NOUN has become a member of the International Council for Distance Education, ICDE, which provides strict regulatory guidelines for the operation of open universities, noting that it is widening its scope of coverage without compromising quality and standard of education.
“The Blackman is at a disadvantage; the only way to overcome this is to master our own destiny by taking education to the doorsteps of all Nigerians and that way, we can take the world by storm. Indeed, if we take education to the insurgents, we will have less trouble in Nigeria,” he said.
On the quality of the certificates being issued to NOUN graduates, the VC explained that those who complain about the certificates do so out of envy or blackmail, explaining that its graduates perform better than their peers in the employment market.
“In fact, NOUN is ranked among the 25 best universities in Nigeria today. Our syllabus and course content are regulated by the National Universities Commission, NUC, which no institution can operate below, just like conventional universities in the country. All our academic staff are the same lecturers drawn from conventional universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, as well as tested professionals in different specialisations engaged to deliver services to the university,” he added.

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