By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The American University of Nigeria (AUN) has advanced to the regional finals of the fifth annual Hult Prize, which the winners will receive US$1,000,000.
The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition for social good.
AUN President, Margee Ensign in a statement made available to Peoples Daily said, “Part of what qualified us is our University’s development mission and commitment to fostering development in our region and the continent, together with the students’ strong, longstanding record of academic excellence and community engagement. We are actually the only Nigerian university to qualify for the competition.”
lso speaking, an instructor in the AUN School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Fardeen Dodo, who is accompanying the participating students to Dubai, said the competition will enrich their college experience.
“Besides the competition, students will benefit from several workshops, networking, and entrepreneurial learning events run by a number of professionals and trail-blazing global experts.
On the significance of the competition to AUN, Dodo said it is a “demonstration of how far our students are ready to go, to action up our vision of development and commitment to addressing the longstanding social challenges that confront Nigeria and Africa at large.”
The event which will take place on Thursday, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates will focus on the 250 million slum dwellers around the world suffering from chronic diseases.