ACETEL Expands Its International Digital Network
Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) said the team on African Centre of Excellence on Technology enhanced Learning (ACETEL) is poised and ready to take up any challenge.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters stated this in his office while playing host to Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs) representatives from the Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Applications University of Abomey- Calavi Benin Republic who were on a learning visit to ACETEL.
He described the ACETEL team as the best, considering the giant strides they have taken since the inception of the centre.
‘‘NOUN ACETEL collaboration with ACEs will be kept on a higher level’’ He said.
The team lead, Dr. Jules Degile in his response, expressed his profound gratitude to the VC saying their visit to the centre is to strengthen their collaborative research for the Digital Science and Technology Network (DSTN) project and to explore areas of learning partnership.
He added the visit will further improve access to education in the Open and Distant Learning (ODL) system in their institution even as they will be intimating themselves with the facilities of the University.
Centre Director ACETEL, Prof. Grace Jokthan stressed that ‘‘the visit is in furtherance with the guidelines of ACETEL counterpart funding, which will require her team to pay similar visit to Benin.
The three day learning visit according to Jokthan will expose the visitors to critical formation of the University that aids in the delivery of open and distance learning as well visits to industrial partners
The team then progressed on a tour to the Directorate of Learning Content Management System, Management Information System, Directorate of Exams and Assessments and other departments’ in-line with digital science and technology operations.
The DSTN research visit, extended to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) leveraging on the partnership with the centre to support the DSTN research project.
While at NITDA, the team was received by the Director of Information Technology and Infrastructure Solution, Dr. Kambo Abdulahi and his team.
In his welcome address, he traced a mutual working relationship with ACETEL and NOUN spanning over three years. He elaborated on the diverse benefits of this collaboration for both organisations
Kambo and his team then gave a detailed presentation on the mandate of NITDA as he emphasised on the benefits of global digital economy through collaborations with international organisations.
‘‘I am privileged to be part of those sponsoring the ACETEL programmes through facilitation’’
He added that the centre plays a major role in digital literacy and skills which is one of the strategic pillar of NITDA with the target to achieve 95% of digital literate Nigerians by 2030 and with the support of NOUN and ACETEL, he is certain this goal will be achieved”.
The team was intimated with the various activities of the departments, including the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).
Jokthan in her response, appreciated NITDA for the detailed presentation and the avenue given to the ACEs to explore new frontiers of knowledge.