•Academic activities to commence in September
By Faith Yahaya,
FEDERAL Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nile University of Nigeria for African Aviation and Aerospace University to begin academic activities.
The academic activities meant to start last year would commence in September for 2023-2024 academic year.
The government explained the university would address research and development deficit in the aviation sector.
The university is expected to commence academic activities with courses in BSc Aviation Business and BSc Meteorology.
Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, said this in Abuja while signing the MoU with Nile University.
The minister hinted the management of the university have been employed and academic brief developed.
He added for efficiency, the university will eventually be privatised.
Speaking on the need for the university, he said: “The university ought to have happened a long time ago because it is part of our roadmap in 2016 approved by the President.
“This university has received attention all over the world. The first of its kind in Africa and by the grace of God, it would be one of the top universities in the world. I’m also very sure that we may even go into aviation medicines in the nearest future.
“It is dedicated to those core mandates of aerospace aviation and environmental sciences. It is intended to attend to the huge demands we have in this sub-region of ours and indeed continentally especially as Africa is looking to unite, integrate and become one entity in all fields and human endeavors.
“I’m happy to say that the academic brief has been developed, the management staff have been employed and of course, it would be governed by the federal government but will be owned and operated by the private sector through PPP arrangement.”
He continued: “I’m sure in the long run, it will end up being truly private sector but the government needs to ground it fully to ensure that the take-off does not suffer any hitch.
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“The university will run both physical and online courses. These days, universities are turning into virtual and we will begin with the Bsc Aviation Business and Bsc Meteorology and of course, continue to grow. Also, not too far from now, we will be getting approval from NUC to commence Masters of Science in Aviation Management.
“Nile will provide support for the undergraduate programme for the first two years and it is expected that more research and collaboration will be established between the AAAN and NUN.”
He added that many countries, universities, organisations around the world including the ICAO have indicated interest to partner with the aviation university and offer some support.
The Vice Chancellor of Nile University of Nigeria, Prof. Dilli Dogo promised to support the aviation university with all it requires for a smooth take-off.
Dogo who commended the minister for the initiative said: “The minister and his team were determined to see that the university would take off as soon as possible.
“The initial plan was that it will take off in 2022/2023 academic session but because of bureaucracies of government processes, it was not possible to complete the due process required for us to actualisé what we started.
“The initial understanding which is subsisting is the fact that 100 and 200 and part of 300 level academic activities take place here and the rest will take place in NiMet and part of it will take place in the school of Aviation Kaduna, Zaria.
“To us, we are privileged and indeed pleased to be part of this momentous occasion and we look forward to actively participating in the delivery of this brand new university that seeks to impact positively Nigerians and indeed the African continent.” (Nation)