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NOUN 20th Anniversary


As part of the line up of activities to mark two decades of existence, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will be holding a round-table discussion to dissect and retrospectively look at the university’s journey thus far.

The high-level discussion is slated to hold on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 by 11am, at the Convocation Arena of the university, NOUN headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.

The landmark event is titled “NOUN in the Nigeria Higher Education System: Impact, Achievements and Next Steps.”

Eminent personalities such as Emeritus Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede, a one-time Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe, former NOUN and Taraba State University VC, and Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, the immediate-past NOUN VC will serve as the discussants.

Others expected to participate in the discussion are Prof. Uchenna Nzewi, professor of Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and Prof. Christine Ofulue, Director, Regional Training Institute for Open Distant Learning (RETRIDOL-NOUN).

Meanwhile, Prof. Francis Egbokhare, Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics and African Studies, University of Ibadan will be the moderator.

It would be recalled that NOUN was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a springboard for Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in Nigeria, on 22nd of July, 1983.

However, it was soon a sunset at dawn for the university when it was unexpectedly closed down a few months later on 25th of April 1984.

In recognition of its tremendous role in tackling the country’s educational problems and providing access to education for all, it was resuscitated on 1st October, 2002.

And till date, it has never looked back, as NOUN has since become a household name, providing quality and accessible education, anchored by social justice, equity, equality and national cohesion for all who yearn for quality education and for all who seek knowledge.

The epoch-making activities for the anniversary will be staggered through the year, and to be crowned with gala and award night sometime in the year.

Click on the Link to watch onYoutube:https://youtu.be/YPBsfTaPq3U 

By Debbie Nduba & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule
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