American University of Nigeria has been selected as the Best University in Development in Africa by African Development magazine.
Ayo Ilesanmi, editor-in-chief, African Development magazine said, “AUN has demonstrated in great measure the understanding of issues that are critical to foster and nurture community development, with programmes like the Adamawa Peace Initiative (former APC) and the waste-to-wealth programme.
The award is designed to honour deserving Africans at home and in the diaspora and AUN will be honoured at the second annual African Development Awards for Excellence on March 30 in Accra, Ghana.
Margee Ensign, AUN president said the goal of the institution is to connect theory and practice in order to ensure that students know how to solve problems adding all AUN students are required to work on one of our 10 development projects.
According to him, “The AUN Sustainability Initiative will spur local economic development by providing hands-on training for local people while at the same time protecting and enhancing the natural environment, thus preserving it for future generations.
He pointed out that without education a society cannot make progress, revealing that the higher institution has sponsored several literacy projects in within the local community where AUN faculty and students teach the basics of English, using computer tablets and access to e-learning resources to ensure students have a rich source of books and exercises, which enhances their learning.
Ago Quaye, associate professor and vice president, AUN Schools and Educational Programming, will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of AUN while Leonard Shilgba, a professor from AUN as a guest speaker, will be speaking on the topic “Public Service Reforms: Panacea to Development and Good Governance