By Felix Khanoba
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has secured full accreditation of the National Universities Commission (NUC) for additional six academic programmes.
The approval was conveyed to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, in a letter dated 19th March, 2020 and signed by Maryam Sali, the NUC Director of Accreditation, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Rasheed Abubakar.
A terse statement made available to The AUTHORITY in Abuja on Monday and signed by Ibrahim Sheme, Director, Media and Publicity of NOUN, listed the programmes to include Accounting and Business Administration.
Others are Banking and Finance, Marketing, Public Administration Hotel and Catering Management.
“The implication of this status is that NOUN now has the mandate to run these programmes for five years,” the statement said.
While saying NUC has the statutory mandate to accredit academic programmes in all Nigerian universities, the statement opined that certificates issued to students admitted into unaccredited programmes are not recognised.
“The latest approval given to NOUN was sequel to the result of an NUC-organised accreditation visitation to the university in Abuja in October/November 2019.
“The result of the visitation showed an impressive score for each of the six programmes, ranging from 78.7 percent to 97.4 percent.
“The VC, Professor Adamu, expressed delight with the approval, saying this shows the readiness of NOUN to fulfill its obligations as a centre of excellence in the Open and Distant Learning (ODL) mode of education,” the statement added.