20 Years After, Alumni, Group Rally Help for AUN Faculties’ Enchancment Mission, by Dan Okereke

20 Years After, Alumni, Group Rally Help for AUN Faculties’ Enchancment Mission, by Dan Okereke
Students of American University of Nigeria (AUN)
College students of American College of Nigeria (AUN)


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An adage says the one reward for achievement is a starvation for extra success. Twenty years after their institution and at the moment rated among the many 5 finest faculties in Nigeria, the American College of Nigeria (AUN) Faculties have turned this adage right into a track. Lately, the administration of the AUN Faculties rolled out a well-thought-out strategic grasp plan for future reinvention that may put them a notch or two above their contemporaries, letting the successes of the previous encourage the longer term.

The strategic plan, conceived as College Enchancment Mission (SIP), was unveiled earlier than an enthusiastic viewers of the Faculties’ alumni and their proud mother and father, in addition to a cross-section of enterprise and political elites at a dinner occasion in Abuja. It was a masterstroke in conceptualization and implementation, contemplating the passionate, monetary, materials, and ethical assist the alumni gave and pledged to the venture. Everytime you see success, in response to Peter Drucker, somebody as soon as made a brave choice.

Within the coming years and many years, this sensible choice by the administration of AUN Faculties to reinvent the establishment and create buy-in for alumni, mother and father, and the neighborhood can be celebrated as courageous and astute. The presentation of the SIP was a part of actions commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the AUN Faculties, which presently comprise the Academy (Nigerian and British monitor), the Constitution College (American monitor), and the Elementary and Early Studying Middle (pre-school cadres), sister establishments to the well-known American College of Nigeria.

Based twenty years in the past by means of the imaginative and prescient of former Nigeria’s Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, a person whom america of America’s Peace Corps at its golden jubilee anniversary celebration stated has achieved greater than any philanthropist in Africa for the reason for schooling, the AUN Faculties breathe the Founder’s philosophical imaginative and prescient. “Training,” says Atiku Abubakar, “is the best funding a nation could make to put the foundations of liberty and freedom, the activation of particular person, social and collective values, in addition to the achievements of the well-being of the individuals.”

One in all his most completed legacies and enduring investments in creating alternatives for teens in Nigeria, the AUN Faculties have within the final twenty years, supplied high quality schooling and sound ethical upbringing to younger Nigerians and Africans, no matter background. “I’ve at all times held the unwavering conviction that schooling is the important thing to success in life and should be accorded prime precedence in any respect ranges,” Atiku Abubakar stated on the occasion.

Within the phrases of Hajia Asma’u Atiku Abubakar, an alumna and now Deputy Director of AUN Faculties, the final twenty years has been successful story of educational excellence and progress, even because the third decade beckons.

In readiness to satisfy the duties of graduating one of the best and brightest college students within the difficult academic surroundings of the Twenty first century, the administration of AUN Faculties initiated the formidable SIP. The SIP is an all-embracing, all-inclusive plan geared toward refocusing and rebranding the premier Academy with the collaborative assist and approval of the previous college students, employees, lecturers, and neighborhood members. By all related parameters, the AUN Faculties belong to the highest echelon of personal schooling establishments. As pop star, Madonna, as soon as famously stated, “irrespective of who you might be, it doesn’t matter what you probably did, irrespective of the place you’ve come from, you’ll be able to at all times change, grow to be a greater model of your self.”

Below a visionary and avant-garde administration, the AUN Faculties’ enchancment venture is reworking the establishment into a greater model of itself. The SIP is basically complete and wide-ranging. It requires the complete understanding and assist of all stakeholders. Ms. Asma’u Atiku Abubakar harassed this level in her welcome speech on the unveiling of the scheme. Banking on the superb basis in information, character, and patriotism that college students obtained from the Faculties, the Academy’s administration hopes to supply funds from stakeholders.

The profitable implementation of the primary part of the SIP has already positioned the AUN Faculties on the pinnacle of the Nigerian college system, precisely the place it aimed to be. The primary part aimed to develop infrastructural capability, add a artistic element to the educational and progress expertise, and foster important social contacts. It concerned enchancment within the Faculties’ bodily infrastructure – all college buildings have been refurbished and repainted, and areas reworked. These embody lecture rooms, customized studying areas, hostels, and residential assist services like eating, furnishings, comfort, and laundry rooms. There are additionally technical and administrative elements underneath the primary part. This concerned completely digitalizing the educational platforms and retraining instructing and non-teaching employees to key into Twenty first-century curriculum developments. To spice up employees morale, the Faculties’ administration effected a 25-percent welfare improve and launched an all-out parents-teachers engagement, a transfer applauded and reciprocated by employees.

It’s with the identical zest and verve that the College’s administration is approaching the second and third phases according to set aims. The last word intention is to make the AUN Faculties self-sufficient and higher positioned to serve the neighborhood’s academic wants. On the presentation of the SIP earlier than an appreciative viewers of alumni, mother and father, educationists, the enterprise neighborhood, and different schooling stakeholders, its purpose turned very obvious. The previous college students who attended the colourful occasion took time to discover their position within the grand scheme set out by administration to enhance each the educational efficiency of the instructing employees in addition to the scholars themselves by modernizing the College’s bodily infrastructure, bettering the standard of the educational surroundings by means of the combination of expertise, and enhancing service supply per one of the best practices discovered all over the world.

The SIP is an inclusive rehabilitation plan that has a job for folks, college councils, lecturers, and neighborhood members. It consists of three phases: infrastructure, technical, and administrative. Every stage focuses on a distinct side of the College’s enchancment and strikes a well-known chord with the alumni who share the identical aspirations as administration to carry their alma mater as a social duty. After the SIP, the AUN Faculties can be repositioned to grow to be the unquestioned trade chief and a middle of educational excellence within the Northeast and the remainder of the nation.

The SIP was initiated to boost the instructing and studying environments inside the faculties and develop the pool of people with entry to high-quality academic alternatives. The enthusiastic assist of the faculties’ alumni, monetary and ethical, affirms the aptness of the administration’s inclusion technique and confirms Atiku Abubakar’s assertion on the occasion, that schooling is a collective duty of everybody in the neighborhood. Led by the pioneer graduating class of 2008, the Alumni spoke glowingly in regards to the SIP and provided unconditional assist to the administration’s reinvention plan, which sits properly with the bigger imaginative and prescient of the Faculties’ Founder, Atiku Abubakar.

The AUN Faculties had been based in 2002 as worldwide faculties centered on college students’ mental and ethical growth. The secondary sections have constantly achieved excellent efficiency in examinations administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the Nationwide Examination Council (NECO).

The Faculties function American and Nigerian curricula to foster a typical studying model amongst their pupils to allow them to compete globally. With a deal with student-driven studying and important considering, the first and secondary sections of AUN Academy have established the benchmark for personal secondary schooling in Nigeria. As Director Asma’u succinctly put it: “We provide our graduates an distinctive tutorial expertise and educate them the right way to be international residents who can compete with one of the best and in any respect ranges.”

Each graduate of the Academy is supplied with the related management abilities and attitudes to face out on this planet. College students interact in neighborhood service as a part of their schooling by giving again to their neighborhood and proposing options to societal points. At AUN Faculties, emphasis is positioned on ethical self-discipline, variety, self-development, self-discipline, and cultural sensitivity.

The AUN Faculties present college students with a extremely digitalized tutorial surroundings and small class sizes the place computer systems and tablets maximize the educational expertise. The Academy (secondary part) incorporates a well-equipped laboratory, music room, 4 scientific labs, an data expertise laboratory, and a powerful cafeteria delivering 5 nutritious meals each day. For an appropriate examine ambiance, the campus is wired with Web entry 24 hours a day, seven days every week, and is provided with electrical energy 24 hours a day, seven days every week.

The AUN Academy is a Cambridge-approved check middle that gives Worldwide Basic Certificates of Secondary Training lessons (IGCSE), which additionally facilitates college students’ enrollment in different respected worldwide establishments.

The AUN Faculties are worldwide establishments providing day and boarding packages conceived to offer each academic and residential wellness for college students. The ultra-modern campus additionally contains a swimming pool, basketball and garden tennis courts, and a soccer pitch, all including enjoyable to studying. The Faculties boast a formidable record of alumni each in Nigeria and overseas.

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