The Vice- Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Olufemi A. Peters, has challenged matriculating students to be positive ambassadors of the University.
The Director of Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Sheme, disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Speaking at the 20th Matriculation Ceremony, which took place virtually across the 103 study centres, the VC encouraged the students to be “expository, courageous and be prepared at all times.”
‘’I want you to know you are now our ambassadors, and I wish to request you to be of good character, befitting of your new status as students of NOUN,” he said.
“As positive ambassadors we expect you to draw friends, associates, relatives and the society at large to NOUN Community of learning as you represent the old adage of taking the gown to the town.”
The 20th matriculation, which is the first matriculation performed by the Vice-Chancellor since his assumption of office on 11th February, 2021, had about 17,804 students, out of which 11,983 for undergraduates while 5,821 for postgraduates.
Mr Peters also assured the students that as members of the NOUN community, they would be given excellent opportunities to learn in an atmosphere of “mutual respect, justice and quality service delivery.”
“It will be required of you to adapt to a new mode of learning that is mostly remote and technology driven, flexible, but challenging.
‘’Your ICT capabilities and competencies shall be put to test, your ability for self-motivation and learning is critical to success, nevertheless, you will be expected to emerge from process, with impeccable character, refined by modern learning capabilities and skills meet for a new and emerging digital world of varied challenges,” he added.
According to the VC, one of the objectives of the University is to make learning rewarding and satisfactory.
He added that the learning content and service delivery facilities are upgraded continuously with state- of -the art methodologies and innovations in the use of information and communication.
“Your welfare and satisfaction is paramount to us, therefore, our study centres are being renovated and modified for effective and ever-improving service delivery.
“Our curriculum, course materials development, information request, service delivery and examination administration processes are continuously reviewed to advance your learning experience, our e-library facilities are replicated in all study centres,” he said.
Emphasizing the vision of NOUN, Mr Peters noted that the University operates in a worldwide community of Open and Distance Learning, playing a significant role in several international ODL bodies through affiliations, linkages and collaborations which include the African Council on Distance Education, ACDE, International Council on Distance Education, ICDE, Commonwealth of Learning, COL, and others.
“As we strive for perfection in the deployment of cutting-edge technologies for your learning and other service deliveries, the process may encounter challenges, some of these will be related to the state of infrastructure in this part of the world.”
The VC therefore urged the students to be resolute with challenges as they are part of life, even in learning.
“Please, seek assistance promptly and demand our attention, in a friendly and cooperative manner. We are in this together.”
Meanwhile, the Registrar of the University, Felix I. Edoka, administered the matriculation oath for the students.