By Bello Hamza
The President of Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN), Kano, Prof.(Dr.) Mohammad Israr has restated the commitment of the university towards providing quality education.
He gave the assurance at the 1st International Workshop on “Information Searching, Sourcing and Use for Academic Writing: Tips and strategies” organised by the University’s Library on Saturday, 2nd July, 2022.
The two-day workshop which was conducted virtually, was held at the school of Health Sciences and attended by students, lecturers as well as other invited personalities from across the world.
He said the decision to establish MAAUN was borne out of the Founder’s vision and commitment to provide the world with well educated and talented leaders through providing quality education by making It affordable and accessible to all.
According to him, the university kick-started academic activities with four schools including the School of Social and Management Sciences, School of Computing, School of Medical Sciences and School of Nursing.
Prof. Israr said the university, which is one of the best private universities in Africa, would strive towards advancing knowledge and technical skills in sub-saharan Africa and beyond which is unparalleled in the African continent.
He noted that the establishment of MAAUN has also promoted commercial business activities of Kano state.
The MAAUN President thanked the organizers of the workshop and called on the participants to make the best use of the opportunity provided to enhance their knowledge and skills.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Vice President, Administration/Registrar, Dr. Habib Abubakar Uwais said no fewer than 1185 participants registered for the workshop pointing out that more than half of the registered participants were currently online.
Dr. Uwais, who explained how the E-certificate of the workshop would be issued urged the participants especially, students to utilize the knowledge acquired as no institution would progress if it’s library is not functional and without modern facilities.
He congratulated the students for having the opportunity to attend the workshop and declared the workshop opened
Earlier in his welcome address, the workshop Coordinator/ Visiting Librarian, Dr. Ukashatu Hamza, said the idea behind organizing the workshop was informed by the desire of library stakeholders to develop the skills of students and other participants in online information search strategy and new mode of academic writing so as to cope with global challenges in the academic environment.
He advised both lecturers and students to take advantage of the workshop as the university library system is well positioned to support them to achieve their set objectives.
“The world of libraries has gone through a fundamental transformation and we need to accept the innovation or the situation will force you to adopt it,” he added.
Papers were presented at the workshop which is the first of its kind to be organized by the University library.