American University of Nigeria – What you need to know

American University of Nigeria (AUN) is a private university in northeastern Nigeria that offers American style higher education programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels . Founded in 2004, it is the only American style university in Sub-Saharan Africa. AUN is accredited by the Nigerian National Universities Commissions.

Founded in 2004 by Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president, the American University of Nigeria opened its doors to its first students in 2005. The university is located in northeastern Nigeria in Yola, the state capital of Adamawa state.

The university was originally named the ABTI American University of Nigeria before becoming the American University of Nigeria. AUN is the only American style institution of higher learning in sub-Saharan Africa (the only other such university in Africa is the American University in Cairo in Egypt). AUN is a member of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities and the Global Liberal Arts Alliance.

The university’s current president, preceded by Dr. David Huwiler, Dr. Michael Smith, and Margee Ensign, is Prof. LeGene Quesenberry, as Interim President.

The university consists of five schools, offering the following undergraduate majors and graduate programs:

School of Arts and Sciences[edit]
BSc Communications and Multimedia Design
BSc Natural and Environmental Science
BSc Petroleum Chemistry
BA Economics
BA International and Comparative Politics
BA English Language and Literature

School of Business and Entrepreneurship
Undergraduate level:

BSc Business Administration (with specialties)
BSc Accounting
BSc Finance
BSc Marketing
BSc Management and Entrepreneurship

School of Law
Undergraduate Level:
LL.B (Bachelor of Laws)

School of Graduate Studies

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
MSc Business Administration
PhD Business Administration
Masters in Information Technology
Masters in Telecommunications
Masters of Information Systems Security Management
MSc Computer Science
MSc Information Systems
PhD Computer Science
PhD Information systems
School of Information Technology and Communications
Undergraduate level:

BSc Software Engineering
BSc Computer Science
BSc Information Systems
Telecommunications and Wireless Technologies

AUN is a residential campus situated on 2,400 hectares. It is home to approximately 1,400 undergraduate students and 87 faculty members.

The university’s e-Library Project was awarded the American Library Association’s Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects in 2013.

When establishing the institution, the founder was primarily motivated by the desire to broaden the Nigerian educational space to accommodate new and alternative curriculum that may stimulate a more virile interrogation of our national challenges and provide a speedy channel of overcoming them. He wants to motivate young men and women with a creative and practical curriculum and student life that ignites the spirit of enterprise and innovation. AUN inspires its young citizens to look at our national problems head-on and confront them with practical solutions. He also wants to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in our students so that when they finish their studies with us, they will be creating jobs and changing not just their families’ fortunes but the fortunes of other Nigerians. The university is a development university, focusing on practical role it feels “a great university must play in the development of a great nation” in addition to its traditional role as a repository, transmitter and creator of knowledge.

Members of the Board include:

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who served as the commencement speaker at AUN’s first graduation in May 2009
Dr. John Campbell, former American ambassador to Nigeria
Dr. Bamanga Tukur, president of the African Business Roundtable
Dr. Louis Goodman, Emeritus Dean of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC
Mr. Gabriele Volpi, managing director of Intels Oilfield, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria
Alhaji Tajudeen Dantata, CEO of The Dantata Organization, Ltd.
H.E. Prof. Gilbert Bukenya
Prof. William Bertrand, co-founder of the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University
Dr. Mummadou Kah, vice chancellor/president of the University of the Gambia
Bishop Matthew Kukah
Dr. Anna Mokgokong
Alhaji Adamu Abubakar
Chief (Dr.) Mike Adenuga
Prof. Patrick Utomi
Dr. Peter Lewis
Mr. Jon Freeman
Mr. Ike Chioma
Mr. Akin Kekerakun: Chairman of the Board
Dr. LeGene Quesenberry: Interim President, American University of Nigeria

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