The National Open Universities of Nigeria (NOUN) has awarded full scholarship to ten women from Kano and Imo state to study various degree programmes, Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, has said.
The vice-chancellor said the scholarships were awarded to five women from Kano and five from Imo state.
He also said 539 inmates were studying for various degree programmes at the university.
He disclosed these during the inauguration of the African Centre on Technology, Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) – a unit of the institution in Abuja on Monday.
Prof. Abdalla said the scholarship would be extended to women from other regions of the country. He said the purpose of the full scholarship was to encourage women to study and empower themselves in the society.
“We will move the scholarship programme to the South West and other parts of the country,” he said.
The vice-chancellor also said the World Bank has earmarked $ 8 million for the commencement of the centre.
Earlier, Director of the centre, Prof. Grace Jokhtan, said the centre would focus on development of digital tools and solutions, skills in software development and mobile-based applications.
She said the university was looking to develop digital experts that would drive economic growth and transformation in the West African Sub-region.
“The centre will also focus on research on digital policies and its main streaming in the public sector as well as building capacity with a focus on development of 21st century skills to produce digital experts’ development of cyber security tools,” she said.
Also, President, Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada, Prof. Asha Kanwar, said the CoL would continue to use technology to expand learning in Nigeria and other 52 member countries.
“Nigeria is a very active member of the Commonwealth and provides both financial and intellectual support and we have enjoyed the cooperation of several institutions in Nigeria which NOUN is one of them.
“We share with NOUN the common goal of promoting quality education for all with the use of technology for education and we have seen NOUN grown from its early beginning to become one of the key mega universities in the Commonwealth.
“NOUN is the leader in Open and distance learning in the region and it is one of the regional centres of the Commonwealth and has played a major role in developing courses in advanced ICT skills,” she said.
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