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NOUN marks 20th Anniversary, activates e-ticketing for students

*Prof. Olufemi Peters, Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, announces 21,339 undergraduates and 7,101 postgraduate students of the institution will be graduating Saturday, March 25 as part of activities for the anniversary

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As a measure to resolve students’ real-time  challenges, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has introduced e-ticketing platform ahead of its 20th Anniversary slated for March 25, 2023.

Prof. Olufemi Peters, Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, said in Abuja, FCT, that the platform was introduced to solve challenges the students of the institution are encountering real-time online.

Peters stated: “This helps us track the students’ challenges.”

ConsumerConnect reports the National Open University of Nigeria is a Federal open and distance learning (ODL) institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region.

The University is said to be the largest tertiary institution in the country, in terms of students population, and is popularly referred to as ‘NOUN’.

The Vice-Chancellor also noted that the institution had achieved so much in ensuring that Nigerians irrespective of their tight schedule, obtain quality education, agency report said.

He said that 28,740 students would be graduating Saturday, March 25, as part of activities lined up for the anniversary.

Prof. Peters, further stated the University would take the opportunity of the 20th Anniversary to showcase what it has achieved, especially its exploits during the COVID-19 era.

“We have 21,339 undergraduates and 7,101 postgraduates students graduating.

“Among this number are 58 inmates out of which seven are postgraduate graduands,’ noted he.

The NOUN Vice-Chancellor said: “We have 14 centres in our prisons, and we have been mandated to expand it.

“In all, we have 28,740 students graduating during our 12th convocation.”

He added the graduating inmates were under scholarship, and there were criteria to be among the beneficiaries.

According to him, the gesture is NOUN’s own way of discharging its corporate social responsibility to help the inmates lead a normal life after leaving the correctional centres in the country.

At the graduation ceremony, Peters disclosed Prof. Puleng LenkaBula, first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), would be attending the convocation as the guest lecturer.

He added: “Students of the five study centres in Abuja, First Class and Master’s students will come to the headquarters for the convocation, while others outside Abuja will join from the study centres in their various states.”

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