DR. ABUBAKAR ADAMU GWARZO, President, Maryam Abacha American University of Niger.
University education is more than the next level in the learning process; it is a critical component of human development worldwide. It provides not only the high-level skills necessary for every labour market but also the training essential for teachers, doctors, nurses, civil servants, engineers, humanists, entrepreneurs, scientists, social scientists, and a myriad of other personnel. It is these trained individuals who develop the capacity and analytical skills that drive local economies, support civil society, teach children, lead effective governments, and make important decisions which affect entire societies.
An educated populace is vital in today’s world, with the convergent impacts of globalization, the increasing importance of knowledge as a main driver of growth, and the information and communication revolution. Knowledge accumulation and application have become major factors in economic development and are increasingly at the core of a country’s competitive advantage in the global economy. The combination of increased computing power, diminishing prices of hardware and software, improvement of wireless and satellite technologies, and reduced telecommunication costs has all but removed the space and time barriers to information access and exchange.
Building an Inclusive World Economy, by David Dollar and Paul Collier, describes how 24 developing countries that integrated themselves more closely into the global economy experienced higher economic growth, a reduced incidence of poverty, a rise in the average wage, an increased share of trade in gross domestic product, and improved health outcomes. These countries simultaneously raised their rates of participation in higher education. Indeed, the countries that benefited most from integration with the world economy achieved the most marked increases in educational levels. In addition, there is growing evidence that university education, through its role in empowering domestic constituencies, building institutions, and nurturing favorable regulatory frameworks and governance structures, is vital to a country’s efforts to increase social capital and to promote social cohesion, which is proving to be an important determinant of economic growth and development.
Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic (MAAUN) was established in 2013. The purpose of the University is to cater for the needs and aspirations of students in areas of learning, research and development studies. It is the first English University in Niger Republic and founded by a young hardworking and versatile Dr. Abubakar Adamu Gwarzo from Republic of Nigeria as its President.
The Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic is about 90KM away from Katsina State of Nigeria. The policy thrust of the University is to place emphasis on knowledge since knowledge is life. It also aspires to become one of the world class best in the various courses it seeks to offer for students.
The Institution seeks to become a global Centre of learning that extends the boundaries of knowledge and human experience through research, creativity, innovation and the delivery of a professional education in the highest caliber in Africa and the world. The mission and the goal of MAAUN as an educational institution, is the persistent motive to provide a distinguished educational service that conforms to the wishes of the society towards promoting knowledge and discipline.
At present, the University has eight Faculties and 33 departmental courses. Recently, it introduced Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Pharmacy in its courses. These two additional courses will commence fully at the end of this year. The entire courses of the University are approved through diplomatic channel by Nigerian Government.
Choosing the American standard Academy to continue one’s studies really reflects on one’s aspirations towards distinction and Academic Excellence. Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic exerts every effort to prove to any one that one has really made the best choice, as it emphasizes on the quality of its educational process and outputs represented in a distinguished graduate fully oriented to fit into the world of work and the hands-on experience acquired as it reflects on one’s practical and future career.
The university has been giving its students the best towards achieving their desired goal and objective.
The students of MAAUN therefore represents the most precious embodiment of peace, humanity, civilization, devotion and freedom of thought. They are the future ambassadors for a better life tomorrow as espoused by the University Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Dr. Mrs. Maryam Sani Abacha.
Recently, the Management of Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, MAAUN launched the building and Foundation Laying Stone of its Permanent site. Many dignitaries were in attendance to declare open the construction and foundation laying stone of MAAUN Permanent site. Among those in attendance during the occasion are the wife of the first citizen of Niger Republic, Dr. Malika Mahamadou Issoufou; the Minister of Education, Niger Republic, Ben Omar, the former two first ladies of Nigeria, Mrs. Maryam Sani Abacha, Mrs. Turai Yar’adua and the President of MAAUN, Dr. Abubakar Adamu Gwarzo.
The President of the institution has already assured Journalists that the first phase of the institution’s Permanent site worth N1Billion would be completed before the end of this year. The President also disclosed that the University will build a befitting Primary school free for the community where the University permanent site is situated. This was made known by the institution Registrar that represented the President at a meeting with the community leaders.
The university has undergone accreditations and approval. It is the first officially approved bilingual University in West Africa. The aim is to promote bilingualism and bring together the different nationalities that inhibit the institution.
The World Universities Commission, WUC has commended the Management of the Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republicy, MAAUN for its foresight and experience to advance the University to its present status. The WUC described the Maryam Abacha American University of Niger as the fastest private growing University in sub-sahara Africa. WUC promises to collaborate with MAAUN for the progress and advancement of the institution.
The MBBS programme of MAAUN also got approval and recognition. The Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, Nigeria had also accredited the degree certificates of the students of Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, MAAUN and commended the institution of excellent academic performances.
The University is now a Premier Accredited University by Accreditation Service for International Colleges and Universities, ASIC, UK according to the latest information posted on the University website. This means that MAAUN has met the HIGHEST STANDARD FOR ACCREDITATION by the European renowned Accreditation Body, ASIC, UK. Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic, MAAUN has come of age and is making a steady progress as it is now recognised internationally.