On January 31, a delegation from Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, Bauchi State, visited the AUN campus to strengthen ties between the two institutions.
The delegation included the College’s provost, Dr. Abdullahi Isyaku, and the Deputy Registrar for Information and Linkages, Gimba Ahmed. The VP Academic Affairs/Provost, Prof. Muhammadou Kah, received them in his office. Other top AUN officials present include the Vice President of University Relations, Abba Tahir; Interim Registrar, Yakubu Ayuba; Dean of SITC, Dr. Mathias Fonkam, and the Manager of ACIT, Mrs. Priscilla Abdul.
Deputy Registrar Ahmed stated that “Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, was established in 1977 as one of the first of its kind in the country. The institution has been running on quality and standard as its first principles. We intend to register our lecturers into ACIT programs as part of our plans to improve their competitiveness in this technology-driven era. We also want to look at possibilities of forming a partnership with AUN to strengthen our mutual ties which have been non-existent.”
VP Tahir welcomed the delegation to AUN, which he described as the most diverse campus in sub-Saharan Africa. He stressed the importance of partnership among tertiary institutions in Nigeria towards improving the education sector. He also explained the vital role Prof. Kah and himself played in bringing AUN to its current position.
Provost Isyaku was delighted by the facilities he saw around the campus and said he was convinced that partnering with AUN would go a long way in strengthening the capacity of his College of Education.
“Partnering with your University will be of huge benefit to us. We have come here to discuss interventions in ICT. But I have seen quite some areas in which we will be interested.”
Prof. Kah expressed delight for a visit and thanked the delegation for considering AUN as a potential partner in strengthening teacher education in Nigeria. He lamented the inadequate use of technology in Africa and stressed the need for a proactive synergy between AUN and Aminu Saleh College of Education.
“We at AUN are very open to substantiate your offering. We are open for substantive collaboration and are ready to contribute in strengthening teacher education in Nigeria. We will give all the necessary support to ACIT, to provide you with pedagogical interventions for your proposed certificate programs. The ACIT can be a hub where faculty from Colleges of Education in Nigeria can gain training.”
Prof. Kah also pointed out the possibility of the two parties synergizing to provide pedagogical interventions in science-related aspects (such as physics, biology, chemistry), with support from the strong Science faculty present here at the University.
The delegation leader, Dr. Isyaku, decried the huge money spent to sponsor Nigerian lecturers for graduate programs overseas, he hinted that there might be plans by his institution to consider sending lecturers for Master’s and doctoral degree programs at AUN.
Reported by Bashir Ibrahim Bashir