International Open University (IOU), in collaboration with the Anbariya Institute, has over the weekend inaugurated a learning and examination center within the greater Tamale in the Northern Region.
Speaking to diamondfmonline.com on the sidelines of the inaugural ceremony, the country representative of the University Mr. Samodeen Yusiif, said the university is making higher education easily affordable worldwide for the benefit of individuals, communities, and humanity in general.
He added, the purpose of establishing the center within the greater Tamale of the Northern Region is to promote and make tertiary education equal accessible to all students, “because the traditional institutions aren’t able to absorb all the SSS graduates because of limited resources”.
Mr. Samodeen explained that, the university as part of its corporate and social responsibility aimed at eradicating poverty in the African continent, has over years launched a One million scholarship program to support students across Africa.
“Our dream is, no child who is potential to studies must be denied because of poverty or lack of resources. We have a responsibility to make sure that, every African child that deserve education must be given. Because with this education, we are hoping that, we can change the story of Africa through the pen, and not through the gun”, he said.
“Now, we are trying our possible best to make it accessible by establishing learning and examination centers in the rural areas across the Africa countries, so that when you give someone a scholarship, he is able to have a place where he can learn and run the program”, he narrates.
He, has therefore called on the stakeholders and the society at large, to come on board to enable the university established more learning and examination centers across the country.
“This is not only university affair. We need the society to be part and parcel of us. We are calling on stakeholders to come on board so that we can establish more learning centers across the country, to enable us give more scholarship to students to attain their tertiary education”, he added.
On his part, the General Secretary of Anbariya Institute, Doctur Tamim Abubakari Sa-eed, commended the management of the International Open University (IOU) for the gesture and urge students within Northern Ghana to enroll into the university.
The International Open University (IOU), previously known as the Islamic Online University, was launched by Dr. Bilal Philips in 2007 as a higher education institution that offers affordable online undergraduate and graduate programs.
The institution has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the spread of beneficial knowledge by evolving from providing free certificates and diploma level courses to now offering accredited BA and MA degrees in various fields of study.
The university currently runs degree programs including Information Communication, Technology, Psychology, Education, Business Administration, Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, Arabic Language and Linguistics, Islamic Studies among others.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana