By Felix Khanoba
The Governing Council of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has approved the appointment of Prof. Uduma Orji Uduma as the new Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC), Academic.
Chairman of the Council and former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola told newsmen in Abuja after a meeting of the body that Uduma appointment emanated from the University’s Senate recommendation.
“Council approved the recommendations of the Senate for the appointment of Prof. Uduma Orji Uduma of Department of Philosophy as the new Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic).
“Council also noted the election of Congregation representatives to Council of Mrs Margaret Merari and Alhaji Isa Shehu for the period specified by law,” he said.
Speaking further, the Pro-Chancellor said NOUN has rolled out 15 new academic programmes both at the undergraduate and post graduate levels.
He listed the new programmes to include Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law; PhD in Artificial Intelligence, PhD in Cyber Security; PhD in Management Information System and PhD in Mass Communication.
Others are Master of Law; Master of International Law and Diplomacy; Master of Science (M.Sc.) Cyber Security; M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence; M.Sc. Management Information System and M.Sc. Public Health
The list also includes Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) Economics; B.Sc. International Relations; B.Sc. Development Studies and B.A. French.
Prof. Okebukola, who said the new programmes would provide more opportunities to thousands of Nigerians to study in NOUN, put the current enrolment in the University at 550,000.
“Across the board is an increase in participation of women in the university, since female enrolment constituted 53 per cent of the total registration. There is also increase in enrolment of inmates in Correctional Centres,” he said.
On his part, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, who bared his mind on the readiness of NOUN to begin the new programmes, said the institution has a huge reservoir of qualified academics that would be deployed for the required courses.
“You must be a professor or PhD holder before you are qualified to teach in this University. In NOUN, we have over 2,000 facilitators and more are still coming,” the VC posited.