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Four escapee Chibok girls matriculate at American University



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Four of the 24 Chibok girls who escaped from Boko Haram hostage in 2014 and came to the American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State, for further education, were among the new students formally accepted in the University during the Matriculation and Pledge ceremony on August 29, 2016.  The matriculation ceremony witnessed a large turnout of parents and students.
Since their lucky escape, all the 24 school girls have been on the University’s scholarship scheme studying under a special preparatory program.
Also among the new students were those accepted from assorted applications for the maiden class of AUN’s new School of Law that kicked off this semester. The AUN Law program uniquely offers studies in Humanitarian, Gender and Environmental Laws.
Others who took part in the ceremony were university graduates pursuing various postgraduate programs; among whom were18 winners of the 67 competitive AUN scholarships on offer, while several intakes were transferring from other universities in Ghana, Lebanon, Egypt, the United States of America and some European countries back home.
Apart from the novelty of admitting her first class of law students, the American University of Nigeria admitted the largest number of undergraduates in a semester in the past three years, signaling a return to pre-insurgency admission figures, even as commercial and other activities are at the peak in Yola and other parts of Adamawa State.
Addressing the students in the Commencement Hall, President Margee Ensign announced that the type of education the new students will receive at AUN will ensure that students become leaders in their chosen fields.  “This kind of education will train you to look at problems from varying perspectives,” he said.
President Ensign reminded them that they are being trained to be the leaders of the continent who, upon graduation, will be ready to solve the challenges that confront them, their community, their country, and their continent.
“All universities identify new problems, come up with new ideas. They discover new truths and some change society. At AUN, Africa’s first Development University, this is what we are trying to accomplish.”
Whether those problems are poverty, literacy, inequality, injustice, or violence, President Ensign continued, by engaging students in the real world, AUN students deal with such problems during their time at university, asking questions about them, and finding solutions that improve the lives of their fellow human beings.
“We not only provide you with a different sort of education, we provide you with the intellectual tools to become the future leaders of Africa.” The President afterwards took the entire audience through the AUN pledge of absolute integrity.