January 31, 2023 9:41 pm

NOUN Holds 23rd Matriculation Ceremony


National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, on Saturday, administered matriculation oath to over 16,000 new students offered admission for various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through a virtual platform across the 108 study centres of the university in the country in compliance with the COVID-19 protocol.

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The new entrants comprising of 11, 851 undergraduates and 4, 808 postgraduate students in various faculties.

Interacting with our correspondent shortly after the event held at the National Root Crops Research Institute hall in Umudike, Prof. Chris Nnadi, Abia State Study Centre Director said the University has zero tolerance to anything that borders on examination malpractices and misconduct.

Prof. Chris Nnadi, Abia State Study Centre Director

He disclosed that the Institution do not encourage extortion in any form, adding, “The services rendered to the students are within the limit of the policy of the NOUN”.

According to him, the mandate of NOUN is to ensure that students get the best in terms of online facilitation, portal access for information, learning content delivery, Computer-Based Test (CBT) examinations and assessments in whichever location of choice among the study centres in the country.

He advised the students to desist from anything that would make them become a disgrace to the NOUN family.

Earlier, the NOUN Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olufemi Peters encouraged the fresh students of the institution to demonstrate at all times to the society that NOUN offers quality education delivered with equality and flexible access.

He stated that it is his steadfast desire that fresh students will acquire, at the university, appropriate knowledge and skills, as well as the requisite strength of character and tenacity to sail through the challenges of a modern world of global competition.

He said, “This will enable you to contribute meaningfully in elevation of Nigeria to its deserved place of greatness in Africa and the world.”

Prof. Peters further reemphasised that NOUN is the only accredited single mode Open and Distance

Learning (ODL) institution in Nigeria, established by the enabling Act No. 6, 1983 CAP N63, fulfilling its mandate of equal access for all Nigerians and bringing education within reach.

The NOUN Vice Chancellor who exposed and expounded the openness of the university, said: ‘’Our university uses modern and emerging technologies to impart knowledge to students, you will require some basic ICT skills”.

According to him, “With an internet enabled computer and, in some instances, a smart phone, you will have online access to our study materials, instructional videos, tutorials, library resources and facilitation classrooms.”

He implored the students to dedicate themselves to timely and appropriate use of learning materials and teaching aids which are available at the study centre of their choice as the flexibility and access to study materials and learning aids is a unique attribute of the university in ensuring equity in the right to education for all.

On the e-ticketing platform, Prof. Peters stated that the system was successfully deployed in last academic session as a feedback system to resolve complaints that students may have during the course of their studies.

His words, “This and other service delivery applications, including the simplified assessment processes (tutorials, tests and examinations) will make your study at NOUN a most rewarding educational experience.

“Due to the special mode of teaching and learning at NOUN, our graduates are usually the focus of exceptional interests from people that are eager to determine the quality of training received whilst studying with us.”

Professor Olufemi Peters

He further informed the fresh students that the university has assembled dedicated teams of counsellors, professional ODL administrators, academics and facilitators across the 108 study centres in Nigeria to attend to their concerns in case of difficulties and challenges in the course of their study.

Administering the matriculation oath on the matriculants through the Zoom platform, Mr. Oladipo Ajayi, the University Registrar, urged them to abide by all the rules and regulations of the university in order to avoid expulsion.

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