Sunday, 31 December 2017

NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR



NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR

From the Vice-Chancellor's Office
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

91, Cadastral Zone, Nmandi Azikiwe Exp. Way

Jabi, Abuja,
NIGERIA



Dear Colleagues,
Compliments of the season and happy New Year 2018 to all staff of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The year 2017 witnessed a lot of transformation and important milestones in our operations, amongst which were the hosting/co-hosting of conferences, public lectures, workshops, etc. The University Management has also put measures in place to ensure adequate training and re-training of all cadre of staff. In this regard, we have developed a more aggressive and proactive means of accessing TETFund funding for these activities. This is part of the robust welfare package of the Management to ensure that staff are adequately equipped and motivated to put in their best at all times.

At the national level, the Senate of the National Assembly took a bold step in the onerous task of reviewing the Act establishing the NOUN, to pave the way for our graduates to be accepted in the Nigerian Law School and the NYSC scheme, and also to grant greater recognition our certificates by other tertiary institutions and employers of labor.
Of particular importance is the almost monumental success of the University in securing NUC’s approval and accreditation for new and previously suspended programs. This has come to confirm the NOUN mantra that “NOUN is more NUC than the NUC…” Management  shall not rest on its oars until all that is required to nurture and sustain regulatory approvals of all NOUN programs are identified, acquired, provided and deployed.

The year 2017 also witnessed the appointment of the first female Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) in the person of Prof. Joy Eyisi. More women were also appointed to important positions in the University as Directors of Academic Units and Study Centre Directors.

It is important to point out the robust advocacy quests of the various Study Centres across the country, which has helped to further popularize NOUN as an important public institution in the tertiary education sector.  On this, Management commends the leadership and staff of all our Study Centres as well as the Directorate of Media and Publicity for their efforts and sacrifices in etching the NOUN brand in the minds of Nigerians. It is also in the spirit of advocacy that NOUN went all out to participate in the maiden Federal Education Sector Games (FEDUGAM) 2017 held in Lafia in which we overwhelmed all other educational institutions, confirming another of Management’s mantra: “NOUN is simply the best.”!

Let me also salute members of the University Management Team, Deans and Directors,  Heads of Units and staff at all levels who have continued to show dedication to duty and put in their best to build the NOUN brand.
As the achievements-filled year 2017 draws to a close, we look forward to an even more promising and exciting 2018, starting with the 7th Convocation ceremony holding on 20th January, which would see the University graduating a record number of graduands including the His Excellency, Olusegun Obasanjo, a former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the pioneer Ph.D. student of the University. The second semester examinations for 2017 that could not hold as a result of disruption of our academic calendar would then follow. Management counts on all staff to put in their best, usual best and nothing but the best, bearing in mind the need to act responsively and ethically as public servants at all times.

Also in 2018, we look forward to the completion of new Faculty Building and the University Library, whose construction we hope will begin soon. Our target is to move the remaining Faculties to Abuja in or before August 2018. We are currently building a media center to house our Radio Station (Abuja service) as well as a Warehouse for Course materials. We are hopeful also that a construction of NOUN Press will also begin soon which when fully active will save the university the cost of commercially printing our Study Materials.

Management is also excited to introduce the NOUN Business School (NBS)—a collaboration between the University and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation—which would commence operations at its proposed Learning Centre located at the Federal Treasury Academy, Orozo in the Federal Capital Territory before second quarter of 2018. This would usher in a new era of top-notch business and leadership education in the country.
In all, 2018 looks promising for the University and Management believes that with your cooperation, understanding and continued sacrifice NOUN will to blaze the trail and overcome all challenges and remaining the best ODL institution in Africa.

I wish you all and your families a wonderful New Year and God’s abundant blessings.

Yours truly

Abdalla Uba Adamu
Vice Chancellor
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