By Ajibola Abayomi,
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN ) on Saturday matriculated over 2000 new students.
The ceremony was held at the study center of the institution in Mushin, Lagos.
According to the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, the event was in tune with the cardinal objective of the NOUN to provide access to higher education for mass of qualified candidates who are desirous of equipping themselves with quality education.
The VC was represented by Dr Olubiyi Adewale, the Director of NOUN Lagos Study Center.
Charging the students to be good ambassadors of the school, Adewale said NOUN was ready to provide a strong and exciting platform for them to translate their dreams into reality.
“As student stakeholders, abide by the rules and regulations of the university, be diligent in your studies, let your conduct at all levels be above reproach and above all, let the university found you worthy in learning and character at the end of your study here.
“You have become partakers in this vision, as the vision begins with you. You have become the torchbearers of the school, the standards by which NOUN will be judged by others. In other words, you have become Ambassadors of NOUN. You will be doing yourself and the university a lot of good if you remember this always and act in such a way that will edify your university.
“May I emphasise that education is very important to the development of man. It is light. The light which education gives is like a lantern on the table which shines, dispelling the dark kingdom of ignorance.
“Noun is a unique university well prepared to contribute to the global human and technological developments through a viable and functional education. This objective, therefore, remains paramount and sacrosanct” he said.
On the recent developments the institution has put in place to serve the students, Adewale informed that the school has changed its academic nomenclature from School and Units to Faculty and Department system.
“The NOUN is now fully situated and operates from its permanent site in Jabi, Abuja. The site is a showpiece of architectural and aesthetics dream translated to reality. We have initiated a radical change in the ICT components of the university.
“The aim here is to deliver to you an ICT-based university that you will be proud of, capable of meeting all your learning needs. At international level, the institution is working in concert with other Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institutions not just in Africa but across the world.”