The Federal Government, represented by the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has officially signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nile University of Nigeria, marking the commencement of the highly anticipated African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU) in September of this year.
During the signing ceremony, Sirika expressed his satisfaction with the partnership, stating: “In accordance with the conventions and practices of the Nigerian University Commission, we are delighted to collaborate with Nile University of Nigeria to support the establishment of this university, which will specialise in aerospace aviation and aeronautical science”.
Sirika announced that the university will operate in a hybrid mode, combining both physical and virtual platforms. The initial undergraduate programmes, BSc aviation business and BSc meteorology will be offered, followed by the introduction of a master of science in aviation management upon approval by the NUC.
Highlighting the university’s governance structure, the minister explained that it would be operated through a public-private partnership, gradually transitioning to a fully private institution in the long run.
The MoU will enable Nile University to provide critical attention and research support for the undergraduate program’s first two years, as per the NUC’s established conventions and practices. Additionally, both AAAU and Nile University are expected to foster academic collaboration and engage in further research for their mutual benefit.
Signing the MoU on behalf of Nile University of Nigeria, its vice-chancellor, Prof. Dilli Dogo expressed his institution’s enthusiasm for the AAAU’s establishment on its campus. “After extensive discussions and negotiations,” he remarked, “we have reached a stage where we can officially endorse a MoU that will be mutually beneficial to both institutions.
“We consider it a privilege and are truly pleased to be part of this MoU. We eagerly anticipate actively participating in the development of this brand-new university, which is poised to make a positive impact not only in Nigeria but also across the African continent.”
With the signing of the MoU between Nile University and the Federal Government, the stage is set for the launch of AAAU, signalling a new era in aviation education. As September approaches, the collaborative efforts between these institutions will undoubtedly pave the way for the growth and advancement of aerospace knowledge in Nigeria and beyond.