The Governing Council of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has announced the appointment of Prof. Uduma Orji Uduma of the Department of Philosophy as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
The institution also approved 15 new courses for undergraduate and graduate programs.
Professor Peter Okebukola, president of the NOUN Governing Council, told reporters in Abuja on Thursday that international relations, French studies, and development studies were approved for undergraduate programs.
Okebukola explained that 12 of the programs, including Master of Law, Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MILD), Public Health, Economics and Mass Communication, were approved for graduate programs.
Other courses approved for postgraduate programs were Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Management Information System.
Okebukola said that six of the programs that deal with the Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Management Information System will be carried out at the African Center for Excellence in Technological Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) funded by the institution’s World Bank.
The president of the NOUN Council also said that the institution was gradually achieving its goal of one million enrollments through its current enrollment of 550,000 students.
“It is gratifying to observe the growing number of women enrolled in NOUN; the second semester record indicated that 58 percent of those who take the NOUN exam are women, ”he said.
Okebukola also revealed the election of representatives of the Congregation to the Council of Mrs. Margaret Merari and Alhaji Isa Shehu for the period specified by law.