Fatima Lami Institute partners NOUN, extols VC’s leadership qualities
NEWS DIGEST – Fatima Lami Institute of Legal and Administrative studies, Minna, Niger state has sought the partnership of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, in the area of academic collaborations between the two institutions.
A lecturer in the Mass Communication Department of the institute, Abdullahi Suleiman, who led the delegation, stated this on Wednesday during a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Abdallah Adamu.
According to Mr Sulaiman, the visit became necessary as part of efforts to ensure that students of the institute familiarise themselves with the admission process of the Open University.
The leader of the delegation, who extolled the leadership qualities of the VC, expressed hope that the working relationship which the institution sought to establish will further be cemented by the visit.
On his part, the vice chancellor commended the delegation for the visit, saying that the visit was historic because it is the first of its kind to the institution by a Non-university ‘environment’.
Speaking on the operations of NOUN, the VC said that the institution, unlike what is obtainable in other traditional institutions, largely leveraged on technology for students to access teaching materials, writes their examinations without fear of victimization.
According to Mr Adamu, the University currently runs major courses, all of which are accredited by the National Universities Commission.
“NOUN is the only university in Nigeria that gives Nigerians hope. The admission process is not too stringent and also the fear of delayed academic calendar is not there because nobody toys with the calendar or causes elongated stay on campuses,” he said.
He also reiterated that all students who have challenges can easily access the Study Centres across the country as his administration has further cemented accessibility of education in the institution.
The NEWS DIGEST reports that NOUN which was officially opened in 2002 is a Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region.
As it stands, the institution is the country’s largest tertiary institution with over 150,000 students. The institution can also boast of top-notch facilities across its campuses in the country.