The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is a unique institution in the sense that it operates on an open and distance learning (ODL) platform. Established in 1983 but suspended until 2002, NOUN was created to provide flexible education opportunities for a wide range of people, including working professionals, those with family commitments, and individuals who may not have access to traditional on-campus education.
NOUN offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across different disciplines, allowing students to study at their own pace and convenience. The university utilizes a combination of print materials, online resources, and occasional face-to-face sessions to facilitate learning. This approach makes education accessible to a diverse and geographically dispersed student population.
The university aims to be a model for the open and distance learning system in Africa, promoting lifelong learning and providing quality education that meets global standards. It continues to evolve and adapt to the changing educational landscape, embracing technology to enhance the learning experience for its students.