This post is about the list of Accredited universities in Nigeria that offer distance learning. Many people in our beloved country love formal education and because of this, the number of prospective students trying to get into tertiary institutions have sky-rocketted over the years.
The consequence of this increase in prospective students is that since gaining admission via the traditional UTME/Post UTME route is highly competitive, the need for distance learning has increased and Vice Chancellors at certain Nigerian universities have moved to create distance learning programmes in their various schools.
Distance learning programmes are in no way inferior to the traditional regular university courses, the slight difference is that lectures are not received in the traditional classroom setting but anywhere, even in the convenience of your home as long as you have the necessary materials to study and a laptop to work with.
At the end of your academic pursuit, you receive the same degree that regular students get and you will be exempted from the mandatory one year national youth service after graduation.
Having said all these, it is very important to note that not all Nigerian universities are accredited to run distance learning programmes by the National Universities Commission (NUC), that is why this post is being served you so that you will get sound knowledge of the accredited schools that run the programme.
List of Accredited Universities That Run Distance Learning Programmes in Nigeria
1. University of Ibadan
The University of Ibadan, one of the best universities in the country, has a very well functional distance learning centre. You however need to take your time, ponder and consider whether you would like to join their programme.
For entry into 100L a student only need 5 O’level credits at one sitting or 6 at two sittings. Direct entry applicants go straight to 200L and are required to have at least 2 A’level papers, NCE or its equivalent as well as the entry requirements into 100L of the programme.
There are a number of programmes available in addition to a ton of information about entry requirements, process and mode of study- it’s all detailed at www.dic.ui.edu.ng/admission.
Furthermore, the whole admission process is online and the university urges candidates strongly to be careful so as not to pay into a wrong bank account.
2. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
OAU is another vibrant university with a strong Distance Learning centre. The centre runs several programs in a number of selected courses. There’s a pre-degree programme in which students gain university admission after a one-year coaching curriculum.
The Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) programme sees students gain direct entry admission into 200L in Nigerian universities and abroad. In addition to this are undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which help students stay competitive in their career paths.
Furthermore the University runs certificate and diploma programmes. The certificate programme helps you build on your skills or develop new ones while the Diploma helps you to enhance already acquired skills with credible knowledge.
More information about the programs available can be found at http://www.oaucdl.edu.ng/home/?q=list-programmes
3. University of Lagos, Akoka
UNILAG is among the universities with Distance Learning Centres in Nigeria.
The centre runs a pretty tight ship. There are several guides and rules which must be adhered to. For example, applicants aren’t allowed to be less than 21 years old, people awaiting results aren’t allowed to apply and the offer of admission are subject to a viable number of qualified applicants. In addition, candidates will have to write a selection test to get in.
More information is available at http://dli.unilag.edu.ng/ .
4. University of Maiduguri
The University of Maiduguri’s Centre for Distance Learning prides itself on complementing conventional Universities in providing accessible, affordable and qualitative education. It was set up in 2004.
The minimum age for admission is 16 years, and the application is done online. There’s also a step-by-step guide on the centre’s website.
More information can be found at http://www.unimaidcdl.edu.ng/
5. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
LAUTECH is another university with an accredited distance learning centre in Nigeria. The application is online and is open to students who scored above 180 on the UTME. Furthermore, a computer proficiency training and test will be conducted for all applicants.
There are many admission categories (4 year, 3 and 2-year studies) with different admission requirements. You can get more info at http://lodlc.lautech.edu.ng/application/advert.aspx
6. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
ABU has a robust distance learning centre. It majorly runs MBA programs although It recently unveiled 7 diploma programs which it will run on its e-learning platform.
The fees for the MBA will be considered hefty by the average Nigerians and that’s why some form of financial aid is available for applicants.
For more details, please visit http://www.abudlc.edu.ng/
7. National Open University of Nigeria
This university comes to mind whenever you think of distance learning in Nigeria and it is the perfect example of what distance learning is all about. It’s administrative headquarters is situated in Victoria Island, Lagos and it has various study centres too. To know more about the university, log on to www.nou.edu.com
Other Nigerian universities accredited for distance learning programs are:
The University of Abuja and Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola.