NOUN matriculates 28,514 students, urges them to be worthy ambassadors

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on Friday matriculated 28,514 new students to study various programmes in different faculties of the university.

In his speech at the 26th matriculation ceremony held at the university’s headquarters in Abuja, the vice-chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters, said, “At this semester’s matriculation, I am happy to inform you that we are matriculating a total of 28,514 new entrants, out of which 21,026 students are for undergraduate programmes and 7,460 are postgraduate students. In addition, we have 28 post-graduate students that are registered for doctorate degrees.”

Speaking further, he said, “By this, you have today become members of our Open and Distance Learning (ODL) community comprising about a total of 150, 000 students in 120 Study Centres across the 36 states and the FCT.

“Many people will be interested in your academic performance and character. I implore you, therefore, to be good and worthy ambassadors of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).”

Speaking on the relevance of Open and Distance Learning (ODL), Peters said, “It enables you to learn at your choice of place and pace, whatever your social or religious status and other engagements, such as a vocation or employment.

“It does require you to create the time and discipline for a copious amount of self-study, different from a conventional university system where you must attend lectures in a classroom or auditorium.”

He reiterated that NOUN “is Nigeria’s premier ODL University established in 1983 and resuscitated in 2003 for full operations.”

“It is an open university because, irrespective of race, gender, distance or creed, it gives you the flexibility of choice over what, when, where and at the pace you wish to study among an array of available programmes.

“If you still have challenges that you are unable to resolve at the Study Centres, we have provided an e-ticketing app which registers, assigns responsibility and channels feedback for the resolution of complaints and enquiries from the interested public, as well as existing and prospective students.”