A distance learning course can be simply referred to as an educational program that runs remotely. This means that students in this program can complete some or all of their coursework without having to be physically present in a classroom on any campus.
Distance learning university programs are a viable alternative to the traditional mode of university programs. Most distance learning centres allow students to have lectures online and come in for assessments or examinations while they offer the same degree that traditional university graduates receive at the end of the program.
Students of distance learning centres are also exempted from the mandatory one-year youth service upon graduation. The advantages provided by this program are enormous. It is very convenient for workers and others who need to work with flexible learning schedules.
Not all Nigerian universities have distance-learning institutes accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC). This article gathers the list of universities accredited by the National Universities Commission to run a Distance Learning centre and other information you will need to know about distance learning courses.
Below is a list of universities accredited to run distance learning programs in Nigeria.
List of Distance Learning Universities in Nigeria
- University of Ibadan
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
- University of Lagos, Akoka
- University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
- Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
- University of Abuja, Abuja
- Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
- Lagos State University
- Joseph Ayo Babalola University
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- University of Ibadan
The University of Ibadan, Distance learning centre
Since inception, the University of Ibadan distance learning centre has graduated over 4,000 students.
The programmes offered in the Distance Learning Centre are the same as those for full-time studies at the University of Ibadan. The only difference is that the program is designed primarily to suit those in the working class and others whose situations such as distance and financial condition may not permit to undergo full-time studies at the university.
Students of Ibadan DLC are able to study at their convenience, communicate with their lecturers from time to time, and are only required to come into the school residence six weeks in a year for assessment and examination. For entry into 100 level of the program, a student only needs 5 credit passes at O’ levels obtained at one sitting or 6 credits at two sittings. Application is also open to direct entry-level candidates who will resume to 200 level. These are required to have at least 2 A-Level papers, NCE or its equivalent in addition to the entry requirements into 100 level of the program.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife Centre Distance Learning
OAU is a university with an accredited Distance Learning centre. The centre also runs several programs such as a pre-degree program in which students gain admission into the Distance Learning Centre after one year of coaching curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate programs which are strongly recommended.
Students are also able to gain admission into 200 level via direct entry through the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB). The learning centre also runs certificate and diploma programs. The certificate program helps students to build on their already existing skills or develop new ones while the Diploma programs help students to enhance already acquired skills with credible knowledge.
University of Lagos Akoka Distance Learning Institute
UNILAG has a reputation for being a very good school and highly competitive when it comes to their admission process. This runs through to its distance learning institute too. There are several rules to be adhered to when applying to the UNILAG distance learning institute. For example,
- Applicants to the Distance learning centre must not be less than 21 years old
- People awaiting results are not allowed to apply
- Candidates will have to write a selection test to get in.
The offer of admission is subject to a limited number of qualified applicants.
University of Maiduguri Distance Learning Institute
The University of Maiduguri’s Center for Distance Learning was set up in 2004 with the mission to complement conventional Universities in providing accessible, affordable and qualitative education through technology.
The minimum age for admission to the centre is 16 years, and the process of application is online.
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Distance learning Institute
The distance learning institute at LAUTECH is also accredited by the National University Commission. The application process is online and open only to students who scored above 180 in the UTME. Computer proficiency training and test is also conducted for all applicants. The centre runs differing admission categories such as 4 year, 3 and 2-year studies with different admission requirements.
Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Distance Learning Institute
ABU runs MBA programs through its distance learning centre. It also runs seven diploma programs on its e-learning platform. Financial aid is made available for applicants to the MBA programs.
Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola Distance Learning Institute
Courses at the distance learning institute are delivered using a combination of methods such as live voice and video classes and non-real-time methods such as text, non-live voice and video. The instructional modes include online weekly lectures known as modules, group discussions, class exercises and assignments. Students also have access to a virtual library
Joseph Ayo Bablola University Distance Learning Institute
The school began with a part-time program and then a full-time non-residential mode of study showed to the University that many were interested in a flexible schedule and mode of study that would enable them to retain their jobs while in the tertiary institution, hence the establishment of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University Distance Learning Institute.
University of Nigeria, Distance Learning Institute
The Distance Learning Centre offers MBA programs in a number of courses while allowing for flexible learning schedules and delivering a standard level of academic excellence known to the school. Interactive online courses made up of class learning materials, notes, articles and videos, class discussion platforms and an effective student management system where students can learn with others, discuss course materials, share ideas and perspectives.