- NUC said it has set up a committee to make tertiary education more accessible to Nigerians
- The commission, through is executive secretary, Abubakar Rasheed, revealed that Nigeria’s 143 universities can only accommodate an average of 500, 000 students
- It also announced that about seven universities in Nigeria are presently collaborating with the University of Bradford in research works
The National Universities Commission (NUC) said it has set up a committee to make tertiary education accessible to the increasing number of would-be students in Nigeria.
Abubakar Rasheed, the executive secretary of NUC, made this statement at a stakeholders’ seminar organised by the University of Bradford and Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), in Abuja, Premium Times reports.
On behalf of Rasheed, Chris Maiyaki, a director in his office, said the commission was not at rest over the country’s growing population and the high demand for post-secondary education.
Rasheed regretted that Nigeria’s 143 universities could only accommodate 500, 000 students which is 6.7 per cent of admission seekers. He remarked: “Nigeria is projected to be the third largest population by the year 2050. The concern of NUC is how to educate this number of population when the time comes.
“The NUC just commissioned a committee headed by Prof. Peter Okebukola to bring out a blueprint that will help the country to survive the population.
“As you know that on annual basis, we have 7.5 million students aspiring to get admission to the universities, unfortunately, the available 143 universities put together can only admit 500,000 students.”
He further stated that the commission was ensuring that Nigerian universities meet up with global trend and standard. Rasheed gave commendation to a number of Nigerian universities for collaborating with UK’s University of Bradford for joint research and teaching.
The institutions are University of Benin, Edo; University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers; University of Calabar, Cross River; Akwa Ibom State University; University of Uyo; Niger Delta University and African University, Bayelsa.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the University of Ibadan was the highest ranked university in Nigeria at the moment. It is the oldest and one of the most reputable higher institutions of learning.
Officially accredited by the NUC, University of Ibadan offers courses and programmes such as pre-bachelor degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
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