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Oracle Academy and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) launch short online courses

Jane Richardson
Senior Director, EMEA

The National Open University of Nigeria is a federal open and distance learning institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-Sahara region. It is Nigeria's largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers, and is popularly referred to as 'NOUN'.

On May 12, 2020, a collaboration between NOUN and Oracle Academy was launched via a virtual video conference. In attendance were:

  • NOUN Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu
  • The Federal Ministry of Education, represented by Director Abubakar Isah, Head, Department of Computer Science
  • Dr. Vivian Nwaocha

Also in attendance were other directorates of the University from Academic Planning, Learner Support Services, Learning Content Management Systems, Management Information Systems, plus 717 students.

NOUN and Oracle Academy will continue to develop the adoption of Oracle Academy’s full computing curriculum, Oracle Academy Education Bytes, and other resources and tools into their curricula. The university also will develop short courses adapted from Oracle Academy’s resources.

These courses also will be extended to non-computing students, with the sole aim of graduating career-ready students. Being an open and distance learning institution gives NOUN an experienced edge as it continues to develop and enhance its teaching resources, which always have been virtual.

These short courses will be rolled out to students in May, starting with the introduction of Oracle Academy’s ‘Java Fundamentals’ course. The students will have the excellent support of the NOUN faculty, who previously were trained by Oracle Academy in 2019.

NOUN Vice-Chancellor Uba Adamu urged all the directorates to mandate every educator to convert fully to online facilitation and embrace the virtual classroom as they also adopt Oracle Academy curriculum to engage students across multiple disciplines in the university.

Educators and students who attended the launch shared their enthusiasm and interest about this new development. All parties are now working diligently to execute set goals.

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