The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will be graduating its first set of students in November, the Vice-chancellor Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe said yesterday in Abuja.
Since its resuscitation in 2003, the university has been unable to graduate students because its courses were not accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
In 2009, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) held a convocation which graduated former President Olusegun Obasanjo who obtained a postgraduate diploma (PGD) in Christian theology.
The then Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura also received an honorary degree at the event which graduated 101 other students.
NOUN spokesman Ronke Ogunmakin told Daily Trust that the convocation was a “special one” because the courses from which the students, including Obasanjo graduated from, were run in affiliation with the Indira Gandhi National Open University.
NUC had in June announced that it has granted four programmes of the university full accreditation, 25 other programmes interim accreditation and denied Nursing Science accreditation for failing to meet the requirements.
Tenebe said the university could not subject itself for accreditation before now because of the challenges of developing Course Materials since it had to follow due process.
He said he expected the university to now have an upsurge of candidates as it can accommodate up to 1.5million students as against the 132,000 currently enrolled.
On the Nursing Science that was denied accreditation, the Vice-chancellor said it would invite the NUC in the next six weeks to come and re-accredit the courses.