Four Chibok school girls among the abducted 24 Chibok girls that escaped from Boko Haram in 2014 were among the newly matriculated students at the American University Nigeria (AUN), Yola.
These girls were offered scholarship under a special preparatory program by the university management.
Eighteen winners of the 67 competitive AUN scholarships for postgraduate programs were also among those who took part in the ceremony and other several intakes who were transferring from other universities in Ghana, Lebanon, Egypt, the United States and some European countries.
The President of AUN, Margee Ensign, said the students should be rest assured that they will receive the kind of education that will make them become leaders in their chosen fields.
“This kind of education will train you to look at problems from varying perspectives”, he said.
Ensign reminded them that they were being trained to be the leaders of the continent who, upon graduation, will be ready to solve the challenges that confront them, their community, their country, and their continent.
She said: “All universities identify new problems, come up with new ideas. They discover new truths and some change society. At AUN, Africa’s first Development University, this is what we are trying to accomplish.
“We not only provide you with a different sort of education, we provide you with the intellectual tools to become the future leaders of Africa.”
Okegbemi Olusoji Festus is an Editor/Creative writer at campustori.com, A digital media Executive and a known Social Media Enthusiast.