On October 17, 2019, ENG 101 (Introduction to Literature) class featured a video conference between AUN students and their counterparts in the American University (AU) Cairo, Egypt.
The virtual session discussed gender equality and disparities in Cairo and Nigeria. AUN Chair of English Language & Literature Department, Dr. Agatha Ukata, moderated the event.
The goal of the session was to compare the roles of women, factors contributing to gender disparity and possible solutions in both countries.
There was an exchange of questions and perceptions between AUN and AU Cairo students.
AUN prides itself as Africa's first development university, and as such, this concept is all too familiar for her students. Dr. Ukata is confident AUN's multifaceted approach to learning gives students an edge in today's knowledge economy.
"AUN tends to expose her students to numerous opportunities within the country and abroad."
Learning from the experiences of students in Egypt was another such opportunity, she added.
A Software Engineering major, Abdallah Achimugu, found the session beneficial as he learned a lot about women empowerment and its importance in society from different perspectives.
A Petroleum Chemical major, Simon P. Ichull, remarked that the session was very interactive, especially because he was able to share his opinions and listen to other people's views on gender equality and disparity, the structures across the globe, possible solutions and the way forward.
As for Carey Ifode, a third-year Computer Science major, she hopes there would be more awareness for women to take up active roles in public life.
The video conference seminars have been going on for the past seven years on campus with AU Cairo. At the end of the conference, Dr. Ukata thanked AU Cairo students and their moderator for the interactive session.
Undoubtedly, AUN strives to develop excellent students from all walks of life. This video conference provides an avenue for students to share ideas and interact with counterparts abroad about realities across the globe.
Reported by Rofiat Adekunle