The National Universities Commission (NUC) has issued the license to MIVA Open University, a subsidiary of The uLesson Group to operate as an open university.
Open universities are institutions that provide degrees with low or no entry requirements. They offer distance learning studies, meaning that physical attendance is not necessary, per the Distance Learning Portal. The higher institute of learning, MIVA, will be offering full bachelor’s degree programmes through Online Distance e-Learning (ODeL) mode, it said in a statement.
According to Iheanyi Akwitti, senior vice-president of academics at The uLesson Group, “This licence marks a major achievement for uLesson Group and highlights its commitment to providing educational services to secondary and tertiary students.
It also demonstrates the university’s compliance with NUC’s regulatory requirements, ensuring that the educational services provided by MIVA Open University are of the highest quality.”
Furthermore, he noted that the license will help provide accessible and affordable education to undergraduates, regardless of their location or background.
“The establishment of the Open University is a response to the needs of millions of Nigerians seeking high-quality and accessible tertiary education.
“We are fully committed to its purpose, which is to prepare individuals for opportunities and contribute to societal improvement through education,” he said.
Moreover, Akwitti disclosed that Miva is set to launch its programmes in September 2023.
The initial courses will include Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Science, Software Engineering, Accounting, Economics, Business Management, and Public Policy and Administration.
“We prioritise removing obstacles to quality education through advanced technology to create and deliver educational content efficiently. In 2024, our university aims to grow significantly, offering new degree programs in vital areas like Nursing, Public Health, Education, Law, etc.”
“These programmes will equip students with innovative, market-ready skills, enabling them to become catalysts for positive change in technology, business, and governance.
The university also provides flexible learning options, allowing students to balance their studies with other commitments,” he noted.