The American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State, has received the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to introduce BSc and MSc in data science and analytics with effect from the 2021/2022 academic session.
Other new programmes approved for AUN by NUC are computer science, software engineering, and information systems.
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The commission also granted approval for the introduction of hybrid options for existing postgraduate professional Masters in Information and Communication Science (MCIS) and Masters in Telecoms and Wireless Technologies (MTWT).
This was contained in a letter by NUC to the President of AUN dated May 11, 2022, and signed by Dr N. B. Saliu, Director of Academic Planning, for the executive secretary.
“This will make it possible for candidates to choose to study for any of these professional masters’ programmes on regular or hybrid modes. The hybrid programmes will initially roll out in Abuja, Lagos, and Port Harcourt, while arrangements are being concluded to add other Nigerian cities,” a statement from AUN revealed.
The President of AUN, Dr Margee Ensign, described the approvals as a vote of confidence in the university’s academic standards.
“We would like to express our deep appreciation to the NUC and its leadership for this trust. They have confidence in our strong technical support facilities and quality faculty, and in our reputation as an institution with known academic integrity, and the highest standards. We are committed to protecting and defending this trust while offering these path-breaking programs,” Dr Ensign said.
She said with state-of-the-art facilities and faculty (teaching staff) from India, Russia, the US, the UK, France and Africa, AUN was now considered the leading institution in Nigeria and Sub-Sahara Africa in ICT and computing.