National Open University of Nigeria and Saylor Academy logos. NOUN logo is green "U" shape with a crest and book over it, along with the words "learn at any place at your own pace". Saylor Academy logo is a book with an arrow cursor over it, in dark and light blue.

Saylor Academy and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) have recently partnered to offer more flexible tuition-free and low-cost learning opportunities for National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)’s communities. 

Saylor Academy is a non-profit initiative that believes that education should be accessible to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. As part of our mission, we partner with organizations worldwide to help educate communities so they can improve their lives. Saylor partners with universities as well as nonprofits, NGOs and government entities, to promote skill development worldwide.

The Saylor Academy and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Partnership

In support of this mission, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and Saylor Academy will leverage Saylor Academy’s courses to help students build critical 21st century skills.  These courses earn free certificates that students can display on LinkedIN, post on Facebook or Twitter or link to in a website or personal portfolio.

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National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and Saylor Academy both recognize that people face complex barriers to education and skills, not least of which are time and financial resources. This partnership allows students to develop key skills on-demand, and will help them become even more competitive once they enter the marketplace. 

Saylor Academy is honored to partner with National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), a prestigious  distance learning institution.  This partnership will advance investments in 21-century upskilling for thousands of NOUN students, “  stated Dr. Sheila Jagannathan, Saylor Academy’s Deputy Executive Director for Global Strategy. 

“NOUN is very excited to collaborate with Saylor Academy, a partnership which will further our mission to provide flexible education and career skilling opportunities.” stated Dr. Femi Peters, Vice Chancellor of NOUN.

About Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative committed to making education accessible and affordable to all who need it.  We are doing so by creating free online courses, created by credentialed professors with teaching experience as well as industry-leading credentials.  Our courses are available for anyone to take at their own pace, and earn certificates or university credits to help them graduate or gain employment faster, and improve their and their families’ futures. We do not charge institutions to partner with us, and are always looking for like-minded organizations to expand our mission further. 

To learn how to partner with Saylor Academy, please contact Jacqueline Arnold, Director of Strategic Relationships and Communications, at [email protected]

About National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) 

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is one of the earliest Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institutions in Nigeria.  Currently, NOUN as an ODL University in the country has aided in the creation of other ODL Universities.  Since its inception in 1983, its mandate has been to reach every nook and cranny of the country offering tertiary education to those qualified and interested. 

NOUN offers a wide range of academic programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the fields of the social sciences, education, arts, agriculture, sciences, computing, management and law. All courses offered by NOUN are currently accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC); the organization responsible for the accreditation of all degree programmes in Nigeria. 

The University is in collaboration with many academic institutions both local and international. As an ODL Institution, NOUN engages in the education of all including those in incarceration (Prison) and the promotion of lifelong learning through a flexible delivery system.  At present, the total number of enrolled students is 150,000, which are distributed across our 116 Study Centres. For further information, you can log on to our website: