UMYU begins continuing education for 450 students

James Danjuma, Katsina

The Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University (UMYU), Katsina State, has commenced continuing education learning for about 450 students who are unable to go through full-time academic programmes.

The students, consisting of housewives and other private persons, convened for their orientation lecture held at the school premises yesterday.

A statement by the spokesperson of the institution, Abdulhamid Danjuma, said several lectures were held by different persons to familiarize the students with the rules and regulations of the institution.

“About 450 students of Umaru Musa Yar’adua University of School of Continuing Education yesterday underwent an orientation lecture with a charge on them to remain steadfast in actualizing their academic dreams.”

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sunusi Mamman gave the charge in a speech he delivered through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Prof. Abdulhamid Ahmed.

He reiterated that the idea to conceptualize the School came as a result of the need to open up opportunities for the working class, housewives and other independent candidates who may not have time for full-time programs.

He, therefore, urged them to utilize the opportunity offered to them to enhance their careers for effective contributions towards nation-building.

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Prof. Sunusi Mamman told the students the need to respect the University rules and regulations as well as to remain focused on their studies to justify the concerted efforts being made by the University to instil knowledge and skills in their minds for their future development.

In a welcome address, the Director School of Continuing Education, Dr Abdullahi Isiyaku Barde enjoined the students to count themselves one of the luckiest having been admitted into the University’s part-time programs considering the fact that many qualified candidates could not be admitted as a result of the regulations of the National Universities Commission to regulate the number of candidates.

Dr Abdullahi Barde announced that the program is flexible such that students can defer their admission or year of graduation based on cogent reasons ranging from medical health, delivery and other personal or family issues.

The Director who cautioned them against flagrant abuse of the University’s laws and regulations also called on them to strive to graduate with flying colours to justify the effort of the University in introducing the program.

Five papers were presented at the event including that of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics Prof. Hamisu Musa entitled “Examination Assessment”, followed by that of Dr Sani Abdu Fari’s title “Library Usage and Techniques” while the Dean of Faculty of Education Dr Yahaya Aliyu Sa’id’s paper was titled “Academic Regulations”.

“The Vice Chancellor’s paper “Mentoring and Academic Performance” was presented by Dr Aminu Tsauri and the Director Academic Planning Engineer Nuraddeen Usman spoke on the semester system and credit loads.”

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