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Nile University Defies Lockdown, Maintains Academic Activities

Written by Akeem Alao

Nile University of Nigeria has defied the lockdown amid the pandemic and maintained its academic activities

While disclosing this in a video address by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Osman Nuri Aras, stated that though the institution complied with the lockdown order to ensure the safety of staff and students during the pandemic, academic activities still continued.

In his speech, Prof. Aras stated that “We would like to reassure our students and parents that even during these unusual times, Nile University of Nigeria will continue to provide uninterrupted education for our students by tapping into the opportunities provided by various licensed learning Management Systems (LMS) and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).”

Students of the institution also corroborated Prof. Aras’ assertions. They expressed their delight at the institution’s ability to ensure that the semester was not disrupted by COVID-19.

A 300 level student of Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Precious Okon, said, “I was really worried about how we would be able to complete our syllabus considering the emergency break, but I’m grateful to the IT and administration team at Nile University for coming up with the idea of online classes.”

Also, a 100 level student of Medicine and Surgery, Samuel Collins added that “I want to thank the university for the continuity of the academic session despite the pandemic that has been ravaging the world and stopping students from going to school.”

It was reported that Nile University’s ability to ensure education continuity for its students amid the current crisis is owing to its integration of technology in learning.

Since the University’s establishment in 2009, it has continuously viewed and used digital infrastructure as indispensable tools to support students’ learning.

This has enabled Nile University to not only provide its students with 21st century education but also equipped it with an e-learning capability that allows it to provide uninterrupted services to its students in a variety of situations, such as the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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