Prof Nse Essien, Vice-Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, has stated that handling academic activities securely in the middle of the pandemic, particularly with the increase of the Omicron variety, has been extremely difficult.
He stated that the institution has begun the creation and deployment of its e-learning platform in order to promote learning throughout the period, while also urging students to follow all COVID-19 preventive guidelines in order to avoid academic interruptions.
This was expressed by Essien during his speech at the University’s second postgraduate matriculation ceremony, which was held at the TETFUND hall on the institution’s main campus, Ikot Akpaden.
He said,” Studying during the COVID-19 times presents its set of challenges; the most critical being managing academic activities safely amidst the growing threat of the pandemic, especially with the recent surge of the Omicron variant.
“This development undoubtedly portends a possible disruption of academic work if care is not taken. To this end, I would like to add my voice to the call on all of us to play our part in the fight against the virus by adhering to all the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
“I’m pleased to inform you that the University has commenced the development and deployment of its e-learning platform. This development would aid learning activities in this COVID-19 times and also give way for the commencement of Distance Learning Centre of the University”
The VC congratulated matriculants on their decision to attend the University and advised them to uphold the fundamentals of the matriculation oath and follow the University’s rules and regulations as laid out in their handbook.
“Your admission at the Akwa Ibom State University School of Post Graduate Studies is the beginning of a good future that is awaiting you and every necessary resource to take you through it is available on this campus. Explore them to the fullest”, the VC advised.
There were 293 post-graduate students enrolled, with 47 Ph.D. students, 190 MBA/MA/MSC students, and 56 PGD students.