With a mandate to combine the convectional system with a distance learning programme, the University of Abuja is set up, not only to provide instructional, research and public service programmes appropriate to a University of high standing, but to operate a strong and virile distance learning component. The University is therefore committed to and seeks academic excellence while at the same time ensuring equal educational access to a diverse constituency. Located in the capital city of Nigeria, the University directs its activities towards the needs of students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and prepares them for