The Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, has been conferred with the Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
The fellowship was handed over to the NOUN VC by the President and CEO of the Canada-based COL, Prof. Asha Kanwar, at the 9th edition of the Pan-Commonwealth Forum in Murray Rugby Stadium, Edinburg, Scotland.
A statement by the Director Media and Publicity of NOUN, MR Ibrahim Sheme explains that COL is dedicated to seeing the achievement of human development goals through universal access to education.
The 9th Forum kicked off on Monday, 9th September, and Prof. Adamu was one of the three vice-chancellors who constituted the only panel on the theme of the Forum.
The others were Prof. Nageshwar Rao of the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU), India, and Dr. Caroline Seelig, CEO at Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
The panel was chaired by Sir John Daniel, a former president of the COL.
Prof. Adamu was one of the eight notable leaders of educational innovation in distance education that were honored and one of the only two Africans who were conferred with the prestigious Fellowship at the meeting.
The other African recipient was Prof. Mandla Makhanya, the Vice-Chancellor, and University of South Africa (UNISA).
The title “Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning” recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual to distance education in areas such as: leadership and service, published works including courseware, lectures and presentations and mentorship.
Consideration is typically limited to citizens of Commonwealth countries and the title is conferred for life.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation for Quality Education and Lifelong Education”.