What started like a dream, precisely five years ago, has blossomed into a full blown reality and an enthralling success story. The rise of Maryam Abacha American University Niger to arguably one of the fastest development universities in the west African sub region, did not come to many as a surprise because right from its inception, the founder of the institution has set for himself, the audacious target of attaining nothing but academic excellence.
Without doubt, the university, has in the few years of its existence became a force to reckon with having exerted a reputation of being a paragon of learning, a fountain of knowledge, a centre of research, an embodiment of discipline and an indispensable pedagogical juggernaut. The birth of the university which was archetypal to the trajectory of the rising sun was a good omen for educational development in the region as it has evidently and manifestly changed the fortunes of education for the best within a short space of time.
The dream of imparting quality education at par with what obtains in developed nations at an affordable cost was the underlying motive behind the establishment of such a budding academic centre. That mission has apparently come to fruition in view of the quality of knowledge acquired by students and the comparatively affordable amount being dispensed.
With the coming of Maryam Abacha American university, Niger, the people of the region especially the teeming youth have been assailed with a unique and golden opportunity to access quality education with no qualms. That is why since its inception, the university has been growing from strength to strength resulting in remarkable academic feats which translate into a meteoric rise in student’s enrolment, a feat ascribed to its superlative performance. The result of such an enchanting trajectory made the university to become the cynosure of all that seek to have a quality education at an affordable rate.
The managers of the young and promising citadel of learning have acquitted themselves over the years, as they have shown that through ćommitment, dedication to duty, and hardwork, one can move a mountain of obstacles. In the few moments of its existence, the university has established for itself, a reputation of being a household name in the region. It is in this respect that despite being in Maradi, Niger republic, the university has continued to draw leviathan patronage from countries within the region with Nigeria becoming its strong foothold.
The phenomenal strides being recorded by the university did not occur by accident but the result of a diligent, calculated and pragmatic approach of the handlers to ensure that the university is placed on the right pedestal. It is also a manifestation of the vision, foresight and the philosophy of the president/founder of the university, Prof Abubakar Gwarzo to bequeath a legacy that will outlive him in the annals of educational development in Africa.
In order to achieve such a sterling legacy and inscribe his name in gold in the sands of time, Gwarzo has arguably invested all his energy and resources in the landmark project in order to ensure that the future of the next generation is not only guaranteed but absolutely secured.
That is why he handles the affairs of the university with utmost care to the extent one could say with absolute certainty that the life of this enigmatic entrepreneur depended on the success of his pet project, Maryam Abacha American University. Even at that, he is not making such gigantic sacrifice for personal or pecuniary gains but for the development of humanity as attested by parents and students of the institution.
The achievements recorded by the university were aptly captured and amplified in a speech delivered by Professor Adamu Abubakar at the second convocation of the university where he noted that the university has earned a number of international plaudits following its consistent and superlative performance over the years.
He noted that “MAAUN has received plaudits and approbation by sundry world standard education bodies such as UNESCO, the United Kingdom based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC), the US based Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), membership of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), membership of the British Quality Foundation (BQF) and membership of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
Gwarzo noted that the birth of MAAUN heralded the establishment of the first English university in Niger Republic which was also the first approved bilingual university in sub-Saharan Africa. The result is that the university has consistently produced graduates with exceptional skills who according to records, have been performing well in their various fields.
It is for this singular reason that the university attracts children from diverse backgrounds in Nigeria and beyond to its nucleus which is a testimony to its acceptability and rising profile. The graduation of Mustapha Sani Abacha, the youngest son of late head of state General Sani Abacha was a case in point.
The fact that the popularity of the university has continued to soar was glaringly evident at the second convocation of the university on April 7, 2018 in which 480 students including the first batch of masters degree holders successfully accomplished their various courses. More grease to our young, dynamic and enigmatic citadel of learning at this auspicious moment.