Not many parents had envisaged that after the formal orientation event there would be a dining opportunity with faculty members.
The dinner, which took place beside the swimming pool at the AUN Club, was held in the early hours of the evening of August 17. Each group of new students and their parents had a professor to interact with, and to answer any questions that they might have.
President Dekle told the first-year students to live up to the University’s core values of excellence, integrity, and service. “If you live up to these three core values, you will make a great impression on your new roommates and your classmates.”
These values form the AUN motto. President Dekle said that their choice of AUN was a crucial one. “We want to make sure that this decision lasts a lifetime. When you choose your university, it is a lifetime choice. When you graduate from your university, it is your Alma Mater. What that means is it stays with you forever.”
President Dekle told parents that the University would not relent in its effort to make sure that their children develop into responsible adults. “What I am excited about for your sons and daughters is that this is the first time they are making a truly adult decision.”
Parents were then invited to share their experience with the audience.
Marcelle Ado-Ibrahim, who deals in real estate, said she is now an AUN ambassador. “My visit to AUN has been eye opening, contrary to my initial perception about the University. What I have seen thus far is mind-blowing, and represents a first class institution.”
Duma Pepple is an engineer who works with the Nigerian LNG. He told the gathering that he did a google search for a private university that can offer world-class education in Nigeria comparable to that obtained abroad. “What I saw overwhelmed me. I did not believe a facility like this existed within Nigeria, because I saw Nigeria as a failed state… I have gone round your facilities, the resources you have here is inexhaustible.”
Another parent, Ms. Eneni Eremie from Abuja, said she wanted a world-class education for her son, a place where he would be closer home, and that they have been very impressed with what they have seen and heard about the University. She was also impressed with the students who volunteered to work with the orientation team. “They are exuding so much confidence. They are articulate, and I am looking forward to our son coming back home for Christmas with that same transformation and even much more.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa