Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Receives NUC Approval to Commence ODL Programmes


In a noteworthy development, the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) has obtained approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) to initiate its Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programs.

This achievement represents a substantial milestone in ESUT’s dedication to broadening its academic outreach and providing flexible educational alternatives to students.

A Welcome Development

The approval was conveyed through a letter addressed to the Vice-Chancellor of the University. The correspondence indicated:

“I am pleased to inform the Vice-Chancellor that the Commission has given approval to the proposed Enugu State University of Science and Technology Open and Distance Learning Centre, Enugu State, to commence academic activities.”

This endorsement follows a meticulous validation process conducted by a Panel during their visit to the proposed Centre from the 17th to the 20th of May 2024.

The approval is a testament to the National Universities Commission’s confidence in ESUT’s preparedness to provide quality education through its Open and Distance Learning Centre.

Starting with B.Sc. Economics

The approval from the National Universities Commission enables ESUT to initiate operations specifically with the B.Sc. Economics program.

The university will adopt the ICT Enabled Supported Blended Learning model as the mode of delivery under the Open and Distance Learning framework.

The selection of the B.Sc. The economics program aligns with ESUT’s overarching vision to give students pertinent knowledge and skills essential for success in the contemporary and globally interconnected economic landscape.

Compliance and Continuous Improvement

The NUC has advised the University to adhere to the stipulated requirements for implementing Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programs in Nigerian Universities.

Furthermore, the Commission has underscored the importance of implementing the recommendations outlined in the attached Technical Report provided by the Panel.

Additional programs will be introduced case-by-case, necessitating pre-assessment and approval from the NUC.

The University has been reminded of the ongoing commitment to periodic monitoring of the Centre to ensure consistent adherence to established best practices.

Expanding Educational Horizons

The commencement of Open and Distance Learning programs at ESUT marks a transformative phase in the academic delivery of the institution.

This initiative broadens the spectrum of academic offerings and extends educational opportunities to students who may face challenges participating in conventional on-campus learning.

ESUT can effectively reach a wider audience through this innovative learning approach, offering flexible and convenient pathways for individuals to attain degrees and progress in their careers.


The approval to commence these programmes attests to ESUT’s commitment to delivering quality education that meets the needs of today’s learners.

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