The National Open University of Nigeria was established in July 1983 as an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution. However, the University was suspended in 1984 by the Federal Military Government and the institution didn’t take off again until 2002 during the tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo.
NOUN (national Open University of Nigeria) – Latest News & Updates
The University offers academic programmes that range from Arts, Law, Health to the Management Sciences.
Overall, the degree programmes at NOUN are quite beneficial to the different sectors of the economy and have been tailored towards a globalised economy.
NOUN Targets 1 Million Enrollment, As Graduates Now Eligible For NYSC, Law School (Dec 10, 2018)
NOUN has targeted to double its students’ enrollment from the current population of 500,000 across all departments by 2024.
Also, graduates of NOUN are now eligible to participate in the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme and attending Law School as applicable.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of the university, Prof Peter Okebukola, made the disclosure on Monday 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 and distance learning institution.
According to him, 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.
Prof Okebukola, who is the former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), explained that NOUN with study centres across the country, was already repositioning itself to not only significantly improve the quality of learning delivery system such that its graduates becoming the best in at least five of its programmes in the Nigerian university system and employers’ delight by 2025, but also the best open and distance learning university in Africa five years after.
He noted that the university would roll out in the first quarter of 2019 unique delivery system to address remaining challenges faced by the students and was 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 also announcing that the council had approved the promotion of three academic staff to professorship cadre and five others to associate professorship, he charged them to see their elevation as a call for greater responsibilities
He, however, commended the Senate of the university and its leadership, Prof Abdalla Adamu, the vice-chancellor, who was also present at the briefing, saying the NOUN was experiencing appreciable development through their management.
400 Level NOUN Student Wins Second Four-Inch Heel Race (November 7, 2018)
Precious Chukwuma, a 21-year-old 400 level Mass Communication student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has won the second edition of the Four-Inch High Heel Race held at the main bowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos at the weekend.
Precious defeated 79 other contestants to win the one-day 100-metre dash. During the heats, she enjoyed easy runs, but she was given a strong challenge in the final by Annetta Adebusuyi and Hassana Musa, who had to settle for the second and third positions respectively.
The Four-Inch Race is a special event aimed at creating excitement and entertainment and confident among young women in Nigeria. It is the first of its kind in Nigeria as well as Africa.
Positioned as an entertainment programme, young Nigerian girls between the ages of 18 and 28 participate in this competition wearing four-inch high heeled stilettos shoe to compete in a 100-metre race.
The event, which is packaged by DAK Marketing Services Limited (DMS Limited), a Marketing Communications company based in Lagos, is geared towards giving our young women a platform to showcase their talent and also to support the dreams of young persons.
Federal Government And Destinies Of NOUN Law Graduates (September 30, 2018)
The imbroglio between the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) over admission into the Nigerian Law School is indeed discreditable albeit resolvable. Taking a realistic and holistic look on the issues, the quagmires, which have lingered for five years since the first set graduated resulted from conflict of interests between the Federal Ministry of Education and its counterpart, Ministry of Justice. Regrettably, innocent law graduates became the proverbial helpless grass that suffers the fight of the elephants. By their establishments, NOUN and National Universities Commission (NUC) operate under the Ministry of Education while the Nigerian Law School, under Council of Legal Education is supervised by the Minister of Justice/Attorney General of the Federation; thus two different ministries involved.
The two ministers have significant roles to play in the resolution of the conflicts, as their continual disagreement will keep the students roaming the streets. These two ministers should harmonize their differences without further delays. Possibly, President Muhammadu Buhari should summon them for amicable resolution of the crisis pursuant to national security and interests. Interestingly, this is an era the polity is overheated over national security. Irrefutably, NOUN law graduates crisis aptly falls under matters that deserve doctrine of necessity and national security as keeping grown persons to be wandering the streets without vocational training for their practice and engagement is highly prejudiced and dangerous. No doubt, the predicament commenced during the previous administration but in line with change mantra, the crisis deserves a state of emergency as unrelenting neglect is precarious.
By the accreditation of the programme by NUC, obligations accrued to the parties to do the needful. The students fulfilled their part by completing their courses and acquired certificates as approved by the relevant bodies. And to crown it, in the moot-court competition which is the only practical aspect of the programme, the students diligently floored their counterparts from conventional universities and represented the country in India international competition in 2012. Such breeds deserve honours and not political bullying.
The Federal Government should stop pretending as if it is not aware of the predicament of the students. FGN is under obligation to fulfil its part of the deal as it wilfully established the institution, promoted and lured these citizens into it. To clear the air over its authenticity, the then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo laudably enrolled into one of the programmes. That singular act is sufficient to make those playing politics to have a rethink. These graduates were persuaded to apply to the school due to its newness, and from records so far, it cannot be said that the products are academically deficient. President Buhari owes these students obligation even though inherited. Government is a continuum. It is absurd to abandon innocent and brilliant citizens with certificates to be roaming the streets for no justifiable reasons.
NOUN/Law School: NANS Ultimatum and Matters Arising (June 11, 2018)
The nation’s highest students’ umbrella; National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has broken its silence over the travails of their counterparts at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) precisely the refusal of the Council of Legal Education to admit NOUN law graduates into the Nigerian Law School for vocational training five years after graduation.
The students’ authority frowned at the predicament and consequently issued a three-month ultimatum to all stakeholders which by calculation terminate in August 2018. By the communiqué, the association had patiently, deliberately waited to allow the authorities to resolve the conflicts amongst themselves specifically to equitably consider all existing students and graduates but in futility.
In reference to other civilised nations with open and distance learning institutions and offering robust law degrees like the American Correspondence School of Law of Chicago; Columbian Correspondence College of Law in Washington DC; New York Correspondence School of Law in New York, there was the need for Nigeria to conscientiously align with the civilised countries across the globe to remain a relevant teammate. This led to the establishment of the first open and distance learning institution in the country like others. Thus, synchronising with Section 18 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, NOUN was birthed by the Act of the National Assembly and its academic programmes accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) accordingly.
Unfortunately, NOUN is confronted with strong resistance for personal interests from those in the conventional system on account of its impacts as a new university with an overwhelming population of over 290,000 active students and about 85,000 in the alumni record just in few years of its existence including senior government officials, working-class and others on post-graduate studies. To some myopic persons, NOUN with its open mode of admission as practised overseas plays a spoiler as it drastically reduces the mammoth crowd queuing for admission yearly into universities alongside the huge amounts exchanging hands illicitly on admission issues.
To substantiate this, NOUN Law graduates who were refused admission into the Nigerian Law School with allegation of inadequate learning-facilities outstandingly, defeated in its only participation, all conventional universities including state, federal and private universities adjudged to have the best facilities in the country in a national Moot-Court competition, and flew the country’s flag in a global contest in India in 2012 leading to resentments and protracted malice; thus, a rejected stone became the chief cornerstone. What an enigma!
By implication, the cliques’ gang up against NOUN may never cease, regrettably, vindictively aimed at frustrating government’s initiative which brings succour to the polity, to pave way for nepotism and corruption thriving in the conventional setting. As it stands, despite some lapses, NOUN unequivocally provides the panacea to corruption, intimidations and exploitation prevalent in the nation’s education system. The unavoidable question is, could education reasonably, be over-politicized or anachronistically positioned in a developing nation like Nigeria with pull-down syndromes and blackmails rather than concerted efforts towards enhancing productivity and service-delivery?
To sum, as NANS has unwaveringly risen up in solidarity against the injustice and persecutions of NOUN law graduates, a stitch in time they say saves nine.
NOUN Partners with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) on Journalism Practicals (April 30, 2018)
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is partnering the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the use its studios for practicals by mass communication students of the institution.
According to the vice-chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu the partnership would provide students with an opportunity for practicals and other tutorials requiring hands-on learning. The VC further revealed that Practicals is a critical component of mass communication, and its Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) demands a practical exposure of the students.
He further revealed that they decided to explore the possibility of creating an understanding with FRCN and the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) to enable their students’ use these facilities. With a student population of over 421,000 and unevenly spread across the country, Prof Adamu expressed confidence that the national spread of FRCN would enable them to access ready studios for practicals easily.
He clarified that the partnership is not aimed at further imposing a financial burden on the students, but to expose them to the practical rudiments of their profession.
Prof Adamu presented a draft memorandum of understanding on the proposed partnership to the director-general. Responding, Liman expressed the corporation’s readiness to partner with NOUN, saying it was within its purvey to discharge such responsibility.
According to Liman, the FRCN was already making available its facilities to journalism students across the country for practicals as a corporate social responsibility. He added that his management team would look at the draft agreement critically with the purpose of implementation.
Three Inmates Graduate From NOUN, Pledge to Be Positive Agents (April 26, 2018)
Three inmates of Kirikiri Maximum Prison recently graduated from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) at the institution’s special study centre in the prison.
Two of the inmates were awarded Masters’ degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, as well as Business Administration while one other graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.
The graduating inmates were Oladipupo Moshood, Tunwashe Kabir and Alegbe Afolabi. While encouraging inmates to be optimistic, the vice-chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu said being a prisoner is no limit to their dreams and aspirations in life.
He said most of the programmes available for inmates are entrepreneurship inclined to empower and prepare them for life, adding that skills acquired would enable them to live better and independent lives instead of a futile search for white-collar jobs.
Adamu disclosed that the institute provides free education up to the doctoral level for inmates and advised them to make good use of this opportunity. He pledged to improve facilities in the centre and threatened to sanction anyone that deprives inmates of the privilege.