The institution was conceived as Africa’s first Development University. Its mission is to pioneer service learning and build leaders who will be prepared to tackle societal concerns. Located in Yola, Adamawa State, the University is a world-class career-oriented institution missioned to be an agent of change in the development of the region. AUN has a strong commitment to providing the skills and the leadership essential to solving the continent’s critical social and economic problems.
The University offers an American-style education modelled after the curriculum of American universities with corresponding approaches to teaching and students assessment. The first entering class of 124 students and 20 professors was enrolled in September 2005. The University started on temporary buildings at the AUN Academy located directly opposite the AUN campus. In seven years, AUN is fast becoming a model for other universities in Nigeria and West Africa.
At AUN Enrolees are provided with the tools to achieve personal growth and material success. AUN is a completely wireless University, which is highly focused on IT. Computers, the internet and other critical IT facilities are key tools in teaching. These facilities are deployed in classes and completion of course assignments. With great emphasis on small classes, AUN’s main goal is to graduate well-educated and qualified students in both general knowledge and specialized disciplines. Having acquired first class American education right here in Nigeria, AUN students can remain in the country or Africa and contribute as entrepreneurs, corporate business people, government leaders, scientists and good citizens. AUN offers a complete academic string ranging from elementary, through secondary, to undergraduate to graduate school.
The AUN Academy across from the main campus, operates the elementary school, a Charter School, and a high school with American and international tracks. Since 2009, AUN has consistently graduated four classes. Many of these alumni have either enrolled into top graduate schools abroad, taken up jobs in key organizations or have established personal businesses around the country and abroad. AUN has a sprinkle of international students from around the world ranging from UK, USA, Niger Republic, Ghana, Cameroun and Rwanda. The biggest foreign enrolment ever is from Rwanda where seventeen students have enrolled for the fall 2012 semester.
Resulting from AUN’s unique approach to teaching and community service, the University receives accolades from international organizations and institutions. In 2011 the American Peace Corps, while celebrating its 50th anniversary, conferred on the AUN Founder the first ever Harry Wofford Global Citizenship award for his uncommon generosity and unusual support to higher education. Also in 2011 the AUN President Dr. Margee Ensign won the African Leadership award in Educational Excellence in the UK. In October 2012 AUN was also conferred with another prestigious award in Atlanta Georgia titled Africa Leading University Award 2012.Location: Yola, Adamawa
The Academic Program
The University’s undergraduate and graduate programs are built around competitive admissions standards, and pedagogies aimed at critical thinking and problem-solving. The academic programs are built on the American style of education.
The University has a Board of Trustees and a Governing Council. The Board of Trustees represents the owners of the University, while the Governing Council is responsible for the management of the University. The day-to-day running of the University’s activities is vested in the Vice-Chancellor / President.
The Vice-Chancellor / President is the Chief Executive and Chief Academic Officer of the University.
Living in Yola, Nigeria:
The University is in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State in northeast Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon. The estimated population of the Yola Jimeta area is about 392,000. The Lamido is the traditional, Islamic religious leader of the area.
In accordance with the American University of Nigeria Bye-Laws 2020, the candidate must be a person of proven integrity, possess high moral character, be an excellent manager of financial and human resources, and a team player.
He/she must be a person with proven leadership qualities and great inter-personal skills.
The Vice Chancellor / President shall:
Excersisce general supervision over the daily running of the University
Be an ex-officio member of the Governing Council
Have a responsibility to the Council for efficient running of the Campus, maintaining good order and discipline of the University;
Ensure that the provisions of the University's Bye-Laws, Statutes, Policy and Procedures, and NUC Regulations are observed; and
Be the Chair of the Universitys Senate, which is the highest decision making body for all Academic matters in the University;
The job demands a person who can harness the modest financial resources generated by the University to full effect in running the University, and who is able to attract grants and donations from organizations, individual, corporate bodies and international Donor Agencies.
The Candidate should be able to cope adequately with varying needs of staff, students and emerging contemporary challenges, especially those relating to social life of students.
The Position of Vice-Chancellor / President
The Vice-Chancellor/President is a Principal Officer, as well as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Academic Officer and Chief Image Maker of the University.
The Vice Chancellor/President will therefore, be expected to provide Strategic Vision and Leadership, necessary to propel the University to national and global recognition.
The Vice Chancellor/President must ensure that Standards do not fall, so that all the programs of the University that have received accreditations are sustained.
The Candidate Qualifications and Experience
The emerging Vice Chancellor / President will have a duty to ensure that Standards do not fall in all Academic programs, especially in those programs that the University has created a niche, and is highly reputed.
In addition, he/she must be capable of ensuring that new programs reach enviable heights such that Accreditation granted to all the programs of the University are sustained.
The criteria that each candidate for the post of the Vice-Chancellor / President, American University of Nigeria must meet are:
The person must be a distinguished scholar who has earned a Ph.D. from an accredited institution and be an experienced faculty member at the current rank of Full Professor with several years of teaching and research in a University, additional experience in senior administration at the Dean level or above is also desired;
An advocate for the AUN mission to provide high quality education, and can demonstrate proven ability to improve on the University’s American-style of education in a Nigerian setting;
He/she must have National and International exposure on a global scale beyond Academics, and is capable of bringing the University to prominence.
Be a tireless proponent of multicultural sensitivIty, who will bring an international outlook combined with genuine appreciation of the local culture, and who can manage available financial resources to full effect in running the University;
The candidate must see fund-raising as a major strategy and is ready to engage and cultivate donors to attract grants for the financial sustainabillty of the University;
The appointment is for a term of five (5) years only.
Remuneration of the Vice-Chancellor/President is competitive.