Renowned Paraguayan social entrepreneur and former Mayor of Asuncion, Professor Martin Burt, has advocated a paradigm shift in tackling poverty in Africa, moving away from alleviation or reduction, to poverty elimination.
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President Ensign was on CNN on September 4, speaking on #EducateOurGirls campaign, AUN’s latest development initiative to address the nagging issue of girl-child education in Nigeria.
On September 12, President Ensign addressed separate town hall meetings with all the staff, faculty, and students. The staff meeting at the Commencement Hall was an opportunity to discuss the northeast security situation and the AUN contingency plan that covers everyone in the University community.
The energy conservation program of the University is paying off. Energy Consultant Michael Ameh describes the result as “unimaginable.” He broke the news in a report released on September 12 and said the program has resulted in huge savings in energy and costs for the University.
Last Thursday (September 4) in Washington, DC, President Ensign announced the formation of the American University of Nigeria Foundation and the launch of the #EducateOurGirls campaign to provide full scholarships to the young Nigerian girls who escaped after kidnap by Boko Haram.
AUN Founder and Nigeria’s former Vice President AtikuAbubakar, accompanied by his children, toured the Dr Robert A. Pastor Library & e-Learning Center on August 29, his first return since officiating at the formal dedication of the facility on May 9.
The Director of Auxiliary Services, Mr Renaldo Rheeder, has emphasized the growing need for IT literacy. He was speaking to new students during an orientation seminar held on August 23.
Deans of schools and program chairs interacted with new students on August 21 during College Connections, a segment of the new student orientation. Held at the Robert Pastor Library auditorium, the interaction exposed new students to the various programs on offer.
The Student Government Association President, Mr JosephOladimeji, has encouraged students to take responsibility for their success at AUN. He was addressing the welcome session for new students on August 20.
Two researchers from AUN have advocated a community-driven development model that actively engages rural farmers to foster sustainable agricultural development as a prerequisite to drastic reduction of the nation’s poverty crisis.
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