At the orientation for new Ph.D. candidates on September 5, 2019, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Prof. Muhammadou Kah, told students that the program has established a benchmark favorably comparable to top Ph.D. programs in the US.
According to him, AUN’s professors will ensure students are well-groomed not only to be knowledgeable in their fields but also to be veritably grounded in research skills.
"We train you to be researchers so that when you come to do your writing and research, you have the tools, ingredients, the knowledge and the capacity to do so."
Professor Kah stressed that the approach students take in research is very critical for their success. This includes laying the groundwork with a good methodology.
He detailed the structure and progression of AUN’s Ph.D. program, from course work to comprehensive exams, a proposal, and thesis writing.
As regards proposals, he said the earlier students start thinking about them, the better for them.
Excellence is a core value in the University's philosophy, the provost said.
For purposes of quality assurance and integrity of students' theses, all students are subjected to a peer-reviewed publication requirement.
He maintained that no Ph.D. candidate will be scheduled to defend if they have not evidenced a minimum of two peer-reviewed papers in a reputable international journal, as well as two peer-reviewed papers in reputable international conferences.
AUN’s orientation program is specially designed to acquaint students with the University’s traditions, dogma, and academic expectations.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa