As the 9th and 10th combined convocation ceremony took place virtually due to the enforced Covid-19 restrictions, the success of this trail-blazing experience did not go unnoticed from the students, as some of them from the North-east study centres bared their minds in chats with NOUN News correspondent.
Mr. Taiwo Ogunlaiye, a student of Economics at Lagos Study Centre of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has emerged Best Graduating Student of the university in 2020. In this chat with TOPE OYEWOLE of NOUN News recently at the centre, the 1st Class graduate bared his mind on how his academic voyage had been and how he accomplished the feat. Excerpts:
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President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that his prompt signature on the amended law of the National Open University of Nigeria's (NOUN) has resolved the long-term non-recognition of its graduates in the country.
He stated this on Saturday during the university's combined 9th and 10th Convocation Ceremony, which was held virtually.
An expert in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of education, Professor Olufemi A. Peters, has identified standard as the "weak-link" in the recent flurry by the single-mode universities in Nigeria to offer online education in the race to find an answer to the Covid-19 challenge.
Speaking in an Inaugural Lecture delivered virtually on Thursday, Peters said many otherwise single-mode, face-to-face (f2f) universities are fast converting to dual-mode institutions due to certain reasons.
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will on Saturday, January 30th, 2021 hold its combined 9th and 10th virtual convocation ceremony, where about 32,651 postgraduate and undergraduate students are expected to graduate.
Out of the total number, 24,300 are students from the 2020 graduation batch, while the remaining 8,351 make up the 2021 successful students who finished their various courses of study in the university.