The girls who were among the 24 Chibok school girls that escaped from Boko Haram, were offered scholarship under a special preparatory program by the university management.
Four of the Chibok schoolgirls whose identities the university declined to disclose, saying doing so would rob the girls of the anonymity they need to operate freely on campus, were said to have passed their West African School Certificate (WASC) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams, with one of them scoring over 300 marks in the JAMB exams.
The matriculation ceremony which held recently in Adamawa, witnessed a large turnout of parents and students.
The school also witnessed the novelty of admitting its first set of law students and also its largest number of undergraduates in a semester in the past three years.
The President of AUN, Margee Ensign, speaking during the occasion said the students should be rest assured that they will receive the kind of education that will make them become leaders in their chosen fields.
Ensign reminded them that they are being trained to be the leaders of the continent who, upon graduation, will be ready to solve the challenges that confront them, their community, their country, and their continent. She said:
“All universities identify new problems, come up with new ideas. They discover new truths and some change society. At AUN, Africa’s first Development University, this is what we are trying to accomplish.”
She further noted that by engaging students to deal with problems such as poverty, literacy, inequality, injustice, or violence, while in school will help in finding solutions that will improve the lives of their fellow human beings.
“We not only provide you with a different sort of education, we provide you with the intellectual tools to become the future leaders of Africa,” she added.