AUN as a Development University -- Preparing Nigerian Students for the Challenges of the Country

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Book Chapter

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President's Office



Publication Title

American Universities Abroad: The Leadership of Independent Transnational Higher Education Institutions


From its inception in 2003, the American University of Nigeria (AUN) was to be a different sort of university in sub-Saharan Africa.
Its founder and chief benefactor, the former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, had grown up in the rural northeast of the country, south of the advancing Sahara desert and one of the poorest places on earth. Having been taught by Peace Corps volunteers, he sought to create a university here on the American model, focused on problem solving and, most importantly, on playing a leading role in the development of Nigeria. It was to be a 'development university' and it was to be American in philosophy and pedagogy. This was quite different from the large public universities of Nigeria which were established on the British model, and which had become underfunded, overpopulated, and strike-ridden.


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