ReithA professor of environmental and natural sciences, Charles Reith, on Friday offered environmental solutions to rebuilding some parts of the northern Nigeria affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Prof. Reith, the immediate past provost of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, was speaking on the topic “Sustainable Redevelopment of Post-Insurgency Northern Nigeria” at the School of Arts and Sciences, SAS, seminar series held at the auditorium of the Robert Pastor E-library auditorium of the University.

Some states in the northern region of Nigeria have been devastated by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists, but the don expressed hope that the affected states could still be redeveloped through environmentally sustainable farming methods.

According to him, “The only good thing about a disaster is the opportunity to introduce more sustainable systems of shelter, infrastructure, land use, and food security.”

Prof. Reith also emphasized the importance of learning from the

karenattiahThe American University of Nigeria, AUN, will between October 11 and 15 host Karen Attiah, a Deputy Editor at The Washington Post. Attiah is renowned for her incisive opinion articles on African politics, human rights, race, culture and development.

According to an itinerary jointly released by AUN President Dr. Margee Ensign and Chair of the Communications and Multimedia Design (CMD) program Dr Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob, Attiah will speak at the AUN’s Distinguished Journalists’ Lecture Series on the topic, “Nigeria, after Boko Haram”. The lecture series is aimed at transforming journalism practice in Nigeria.

Attiah, a former consultant with the World Bank on social media for the Africa Region, is also scheduled to teach Journalism and Photojournalism classes in CMD during her visit.

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The Student Teams Advancing Regional Sustainability, STARS, of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Friday swore in members of its new executive committee at a colorful ceremony which held in Classroom 14 of the Dr. Robert A. Pastor Library complex.

The new executive members of the Club are Halima Usman, president; Fauziyya Majidadi, vice president; Sandra

In August, the American University of Nigeria, AUN, welcomed over 100 new students into her undergraduate program as the Class of 2019. The students, who came from different states across the country and a few other nations of the world, were oriented into life at AUN for almost a week before they registered for and started attending classes.

JosephOladimejiIn 2010, Mr Joseph Oladimeji got disillusioned with a Nigerian federal university’s unfriendly method of education and started the search for a more humane method of tertiary education; that search led him to the American University of Nigeria, AUN, where he, in addition to realizing his dream of becoming a university graduate, became president of the institution’s Student Government Association, SGA. In this chat with ABDULLAHI ALIYU, Mr Oladimeji talks about the uniqueness of AUN, his achievements and challenges as a student leader, the new AUN project, “Read and Feed”, which he leads, and other interesting AUN experiences.

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My name is Joseph Oladimeji; I was born in Lagos, but my parents are from Ekiti state. I came from a family of six, which includes my mother and father. I had some of my education in Lagos and Ogun states before coming to AUN. This is the first time I am coming to the North, and AUN has been very interesting.

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Few heartwarming stories come from Nigeria’s northeast region. In the last three years, the Boko Haram insurgency, poverty, Islamist fundamentalism and youth disenfranchisement have dominated news from the region. But the story of the ecossentials program of the American University of Nigeria is refreshing news for a change.  

Early in 2013, the university’s sustainability team trained 26 women from a women development group on how to crochet yarn made from discarded plastic bags into handbags, mats, baskets and various gift items. The non-biodegradable plastic bags are an environmental nightmare and the university’s dormitories, shops and offices generate several, daily.

MGREJAThe American University of Nigeria has created new study-abroad windows to enable highly motivated students seek experience and active responsibility beyond Nigeria.

AUN President, Dr. Margee Ensign, spoke about these opportunities, open from September 2015, during a recent information session organized to throw more light on the programs of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA).

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