Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar expressed discontent with the progress of the American University of Nigeria (AUN), which he established 19 years ago, lamenting its failure to fully realize its potential under current management.
During this year’s Founder’s Day celebrations, Atiku revealed that his primary goal in founding AUN was to contribute to society, not to gain political office.
In his address, titled “AUN in the Age of Socio-Economic Crisis and Emerging Disruptive Technologies,” he indirectly criticized leadership transitions and managerial challenges that hindered the institution’s development.
Despite investing personal funds without seeking financial returns, Atiku emphasized the need for AUN to become self-sustaining and generate surpluses for further development.
He warned of the changing educational landscape, urging institutions to adapt to emerging disruptive technologies and the impact of artificial intelligence on teaching and learning.
Atiku questioned AUN’s preparedness for these changes, emphasizing the importance of addressing challenges in the context of Nigeria’s socio-economic crisis. Despite expressing cautious optimism, he identified a shared “mistaken” philosophy afflicting both AUN and the Nigerian state.
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