“Here at AUN, we don’t give grades. We don’t give certificates of degrees; you earn them. And you earn them meritoriously. No entitlements!”
That was the kernel of the message of the Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Prof. Muhammadou Kah, who spoke at the graduate students’ orientation on January 31.
“AUN shapes minds to be game changers. We expect you to be exemplary in everything that you do and to do it with utmost integrity, style, and honesty. We also expect you to not only work hard but to work smartly. It is what you do and the quality of time you spend engaging in your work that will define your success and competence.”
Prof. Kah also reminded the graduate students that learning is a continuous process, and AUN is an institution that is ever-ready to support them in their pursuit of knowledge.
“In today’s world, undergraduate education is not adequate; coming for a master, that is also not adequate. You may go down for your Ph.D., and once you attain it, you will realize that that is not adequate. That learning and education is a continuum.”
“You will find here an environment, an infrastructure, and a learning community that will be supportive, that are among the best in disciplines, and are committed and ready to mentor you, to pursue the things that you are passionate about.”
Also attending the event were the Vice President of University Relations, Mr. Abba Tahir; Dean of SITC, Dr. Mathias Fonkam; Coordinator of SITC graduate program, Dr. Rajesh Prasad; Department Head of Information Systems, Dr. Ago Quaye, and Department Head of Telecommunications, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Hussaini.
In his remarks, VP Tahir reminisced on how AUN was established and the journey that led to the university’s current position. He also pointed out the need for the students to adopt the American style of solving common problems through critical thinking.
“You have come at an auspicious moment, a time of rebirth of the university. The university is being repositioned, reborn, and redirected. We are on a sustainable path of achieving greater greatness, perhaps greater than what we have been able to achieve in the past 12 years. Sometimes, you will encounter problems which are out of your field. But the American approach encourages you to improvise ways of solving such problems. I welcome you and wish you all the best throughout your stay at AUN.”
Dr. Quaye expressed AUN professors’ readiness to support students. He encouraged the students to always come forth with any problems they encountered and urged them to buckle up.
“This university is one of the best in the nation, and I hope you understand how lucky you are. This semester will inform you how much you need to work. Do not joke! Remember that the doors are always open and we are always ready to guide you.”