By DAVIES TOHEEB
THE new Vice Chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, has assured that his administration will vigorously pursue quality assurance using the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) Benchmark for Academic Standards (BMAS).
Speaking at the 15th Matriculation ceremony of the school, in which hundreds of students both old and young were administered into matriculation oath at various study centres across the country, Adamu maintained that teaching and learning under his watch would be transformed to meet global standard.
This, he explained would be achieved by reviewing all the curricular offerings and streamlining them with the approved guidelines in every discipline.
“It will take into consideration new academic narratives that are more accessible through institutional sharing and collaboration around the globe he added.
Informing that the institution would enhance access to laboratory experiences for disciplines requiring intensive practical work, he noted that such experience would enable students realise their potential of becoming world-class scientists.
He said, “NOUN will also introduce a whole raft of new innovations, which includes exploring new ways of distributing our course materials; creating a better contact point between the students and the administration; introducing more student-based input on the study centres; decentralizing examination processing to reduce incidences of missing results, among others.
Thus the key slogan of this stage in the development of NOUN is tagged from NOUN to Verb-NOUN Reloaded. The word VERB stands for Vibrant, Energetic, Re-armed, Ballistic to indicate the aggressive path NOUN intends to follow in order to go beyond the next level.”
Announcing relocation of institution headquarters from Ahmadu Bello way, Lagos to its permanent site in Abuja, he said the office of the vice chancellor would be fully functional from Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the university’s Senate building in Abuja.