The Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Olufemi Peters, has said the team at the Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) is poised and ready to take up any challenge.
The Vice-Chancellor said this on Friday, 20th August, 2020 while hosting representatives of the Africa Centres of Excellence (ACEs) from the Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science and Applications, University of Abomey- Calavi, Benin Republic, who were on a learning visit to ACETEL.
Prof. Peters described the ACETEL team as the best, considering the giant strides the team has recorded since its inception, under its centre director, Prof. Grace E. Jokthan.
“NOUN ACETEL’s collaboration with ACEs will be kept on a higher level,” he said.
The team lead, Dr. Jules Degile, who expressed his profound gratitude to the NOUN Vice-Chancellor, disclosed that their visit to the centre was to strengthen their collaborative research for the Digital Science and Technology Network (DSTN) project.
Degile added that the visit will further improve access to education in the Open and Distant Learning (ODL) system in their institution even as they braced to intimate themselves with the facilities at the university.
On her part, ACETEL centre director, Prof. Jokthan, informed the VC that the visit was in furtherance of ACETEL partnership within the region.
She said the 3-day visit aims at strengthening research opportunities, joint use of HPCs available at ACESMIA and joint student supervision. Already the two Centres are jointly supervising two Ph. D students in the field of cybersecurity and 4 internships at M. Sc level. These has been possible with the support of the DSTN
The Team, later, progressed on a tour of the Directorates of Learning Content Management System, Directorate of Examination and Assessment, Directorate of Information and communication Technology and other relevant departments. operations.
Leveraging on the existing partnership with ACETEL, the team visited the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA for possible partnership between the national agency and Benin counterpart in the area of research and cybercrime.
The Director of Information Technology and Infrastructure Solution of the agency, Dr. Kambo Abdullahi and his Management Team, who received the entourage, traced the mutual working relationship with ACETEL and NOUN spanning over three years.
He also 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 involved in the ACETEL project having been part of the team that developed the course content and am now a facilitator of one of the courses,” he said.
The director added that the centre plays a major role in digital literacy and skills, which is one of the strategic pillars of NITDA with the target to achieve 95% of digital literate Nigerians by 2030.
NOUN and ACETEL, he said, will be crucial towards the realisation of this target.
The visiting team was intimated with the various activities of the departments, including the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).