The federal government on Wednesday, May 16, 2023 signed a memorandum of understanding with Nile University of Nigeria for the take-off of the African Aviation and Aerospace University in September this year.
The Minister of Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, signed on behalf of the federal government while the vice chancellor, Prof. Dilli Dogo, signed on behalf of Nile University.
A statement by Odutayo Oluseyi quoted the minister to have said at the ceremony that “We are glad that in according to convention, norm and practice of the Nigerian universities commission, we are partnering with Nile University of Nigeria for support and take off of this university with the core mandate of aerospace aviation and aeronautical science.”
Sirika said the university will be run on dual mode, (hybrid) physical and virtual, beginning with BSc Aviation Business, and BSc Meteorology.
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He assured me that following the NUC approval, a Master of Science in Aviation Management will commence at the university.
Speaking further, he said the take-off and governing of the university will be through public and private sector arrangements and in the long run would become fully private.
He said the MoU will enable Nile University to provide the attention and research support for the take-off of the undergraduate programme for the first two years as provided by the NUC convention and practice.
“It’s also expected that more research in academic collaboration is established between AAAU and Nile University for the mutual benefit of the two universities.”
The Nile University of Nigeria Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dogo, said the university is happy with the take-off of AAAU on its campus.
“After due discussions and intensive negotiations and understanding, we have come to the level where officially we can append our signature to an MoU that will be mutually beneficial to the two institutions”