Principal Officers of the NOUN
Deans & Directors of NOUN
Faculty and staff of the Centre
Gentlemen of the Press
Ladies and gentlemen
I welcome you to the National Open University of Nigeria NOUN and Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL). The Director, ACETEL has informed you of the institutions and organisations that are giving support to ACETEL.
I am impressed to learn that the newly admitted students for the MSc and PhD programmes in Artificial Intellegence, Cyber Security and Management Information Systems numbered 94, including 15 females.
We are aware that technology is fast shaping our world and the need to innovatively apply scientific knowledge to achieve teaching and learning has resulted in various technological interventions. The need to build Africa’s capacity in emerging disciplines such as Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Management Information Systems cannot be overemphasised. Hence the determination of NOUN to take up the challenge to develop a proposal for this Centre that would strengthen the delivery of Teaching and Learning; leveraging technology to reach all parts of Africa, remoteness of locations not withstanding.
Let me congratulate you for making the list of the 2021/2022 session, which is the 3rd set of postgraduate students that ACETEL is admitting into its programmes. We can conveniently say that ACETEL is experienced in e-learning and content delivery enough to pleasantly deliver to you good dividend; a memorable experience studying with us.
The National Open University of Nigeria is the only single mode University that delivers teaching and learning by Open and distance learning mode in Nigeria. Others are dual mode; having largely the conventional brick and mortal system with integrated distance learning institutes. So by our structure, we are well established and robust in technology for effective and quality delivery. Be assured that you are in the right place and you will get appropriate learner support that will make learning pleasurable and interesting.
Professionals are pooled from across Faculties in the University to form the formidable team at ACETEL with the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Sciences providing a strong backbone. The Directorates of Management Information Systems, Learning Management Systems, Information and Communication Technology, and Examinations and Assessments are all providing strong technical support to ACETEL and its students.
To add value to its various curricular and enhance employability skills of their graduates, ACETEL partners with the industry and relevant government parastatals who provide quality environment for hands-on experience to students. I have no doubt that by the time you are done with your training here, you would have been well developed to meet the challenges of the labour market and the society at large. No doubt, your training at ACETEL will make you develop your innovative skills as you advance technology to solve developmental issues.
In closing, I congratulate the ACETEL Team led by the Director of the Centre, Professor Grace Jokthan for another history made.
On this note, I declare the orientation programme open and I wish you a rewarding experience at this one week exercise.
Professor Olufemi Peters