NOUN Leads Open Education in West Africa by Joining The OERu family

The National Open University of Nigeria
(NOUN) announced their decision to join
the OERu network and claims the accolade
of becoming the first West African
university to join this international
innovation partnership.


NOUN is Nigeria’s largest university with
over 180,000 students and is the leading
provider of open and distance learning in
the West African subregion.

“NOUN was the first open distance learning
university in the West African subregion”
said Professor Vincent Tenebe, NOUN Vice

“It is fitting and appropriate that NOUN
should lead the way in becoming the first
OERu partner from this part of the world.”
Working in close collaboration with the
UNESCO OER Programme, NOUN has
commenced work in converting existing
courses into OER.

“NOUN is eager to explore the potential of
open educational resources in order to
further propel its vision of providing highly
accessible and enhanced quality education
anchored by social justice, equity and
equality for all who seek knowledge” said Dr
Jane-Frances Agbu, Head of NOUN’s OER

“At the OERu we envision a world where all
learners have affordable access to higher
education” said Dr Wayne Mackintosh,

“We will only achieve this vision by working
together with partners who have wide and
authentic experience in serving the learners
we are aiming to help with our
philanthropic endeavour.”

Building capacity of the OERu network to
serve Sub-Saharan Africa will now be
strengthened with Africa’s leading open and
distance learning institutions joining the

The strength of the OERu lies in our
diversity and commitment to leverage the
potential of open education for all citizens
of the world.

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