Following the initiative to develop short-term courses and certificate programs to meet the needs of in-service professionals, President Dekle led a senior management team to the Adamawa/Taraba command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on December 11, 2019.
The delegation had Vice President Abba Tahir, Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Prof. Chris Mbah, and Assistant Vice President of Safety & Security Operations, Dr. Lionel von Frederick Rawlins.
They were received by the Customs Comptroller for the Command, Kamardeen Olumoh, with his management team.
Vice President Tahir said AUN recognizes the strategic importance of NCS to securing the country's borders and appreciates the professionalism that the officers put into serving the nation, as well as the university owing to the latter's diverse community.
"AUN hosts the largest community of expatriates in Adamawa State from nearly 40 countries."
President Dekle said the visit was to explore how to work with the government agency in providing support for its officers. She added that AUN is open to ideas on how they can better the services.
"We want to form a deeper friendship with you as we are a neighbor with you."
AUN offers a Master's program in Business and Information Technology. But many working professionals are lifelong learners. She said the new programs are organized to allow for working professionals time to continue to work while the school.
"We also offer certificate programs. These are short courses designed around specific tasks."
Dean Mbah added that such programs are flexible as the courses are offered outside working hours...and the pace in the program is dependent on the learner.
"That is what we call the scholar-practitioner program."
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa