Vice-Chancellor National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) said the University believes in Africa using African peculiarities in solving African problems.
Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu stated this while playing host to his counterpart from Kampala International University, Uganda who was at the university’s headquarters to seek collaboration with NOUN.
Represented by the Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Uduma Oji Uduma, the VC said “We believe in Africa, and Africans should share experiences because we have so many things in common including similar challenges. Using these peculiarities we should be able to solve our problems”.
Adamu added that NOUN being one of the biggest player in Open and Distance learning in Africa is willing to collaborate with any university in the world to advance teaching and learning.
“We welcome partnership, cooperation, MoU with any university in Africa and even anywhere in the world. But first, we need to have a good view of your package then management can take action going forward”.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor Kampala International University, Uganda Prof. Mohammed Mpeza said his university is desirous of partnership with NOUN in areas of students exchange, alternative funding for NOUN and e-learning with particular interest in artificial intelligence, a course offered at the African Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL).
He said the Kampala International University as the largest private university in Uganda has a lot to tap from NOUN in terms of open and Distance learning in Africa.
“We’re planning to establish an Open and Distance Education college at my university so we thought NOUN as an established champion in Open and Distance learning will be a good partner. We have been to the Open University of UK, UNISA, even India. We visited many benchmark universities. But we thought NOUN is in Africa and it will serve our interest better.
“That is why the Council mandated me to visit NOUN and seek help in capacity building for our proposed College of Distance Learning. “We can have an MoU. If possible, NOUN could host some of our programs. Some NOUN centres could be our centres in Nigeria before we fully establish our feet in Nigeria”.
Prof. Mpeza added that his university being the biggest private university in Uganda has a lot Nigerians studying with Kaduna state having about 45 students.
In his remark, Registrar NOUN Mr. Felix Edoka thanked the visiting team and assured of NOUN support at all time. He added that being an international university outside the shores of Nigeria, NOUN will need the input and approval of some relevant bodies in Nigeria.
“When we have your written MoU, we can then set up a committee comprising team from NOUN and a team from your own side, who will continue further discussions. Again when we see your MoU package, you being a university outside Nigeria, we will need to make reference to council, NUC and other relevant government agencies”.
The VC Kampala International University had earlier visited the university librarian Dr. Adam Saleh Gambo in his office. The team from Uganda was accompanied by Director ACETEL Prof. Grace Jokthan, Board member Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD) NOUN Kaduna and Director Human Resource Development Initiative (HRDI) Kaduna Hon. Mohammed Ali.