In a significant development, the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) has received approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) to begin its Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes.
This stride marks a significant milestone in ESUT’s commitment to expanding its academic reach and offering flexible education alternatives to students.
A Welcome Development
The approval came in a letter addressed to the University’s Vice-Chancellor. The letter stated,
“I am pleased to inform the Vice-Chancellor that the Commission has given approval to the proposed Enugu State University of Science and Technology Open and Distance Learning Centre, Enugu State to commence academic activities.”
This followed a thorough validation process carried out by a Panel that visited the proposed Centre from 17th to 20th May 2023.
The approval reflects the NUC’s confidence in ESUT’s readiness to deliver quality education through its ODL Centre.
Starting with B.Sc. Economics
The NUC’s approval allows ESUT to commence operations with the B.Sc. Economics programme only, employing the ICT Enabled Supported Blended Learning model under the Open and Distance Learning mode of delivery.
This programme’s choice aligns with ESUT’s vision to equip students with relevant knowledge and skill to thrive in today’s dynamic and globalized economic environment.
Compliance and Continuous Improvement
The NUC has urged the University to comply with the requirements for running ODL programmes in Nigerian Universities.
The Commission also emphasized the need for the University to effect the recommendations made by the Panel in the attached Technical Report.
The addition of new programmes will be on a programme-by-programme basis and require pre-assessment and approval by the NUC.
The University has been reminded that there will be periodic monitoring of the Centre to ensure adherence to accepted best practices.
Expanding Educational Horizons
The introduction of the Open and Distance Learning programmes at ESUT heralds a new era in the institution’s academic delivery.
It not only expands the University’s academic offerings but also opens up opportunities for students who may be unable to participate in traditional on-campus learning.
This innovative learning approach enables ESUT to reach more learners, providing them with flexible and convenient ways to earn degrees and advance their careers.
The approval to commence these programmes attests to ESUT’s commitment to delivering quality education that meets the needs of today’s learners.
Please share this article with your friends.