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17 October, 2011 - National Universities Commission

17 October, 2011 - National Universities Commission

Receiving the books, the

Receiving the books, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC)Professor Julius A. Okojie, commended the author for the donation, saying that, with peoplelike him assisting to grow education in Nigeria, the nation’s education system would witnesstremendous progress in the right direction. He averred that the singular action of SenatorEffiong had proved that with the right people in the Senate, Nigeria could raise a generationof legislators that would seek the promotion of effective governance in the society.Professor Okojie said that, in a bid to address the issue of dearth of quality materials in theUniversity System, the Federal Government, through the Tertiary Education Trust-fund(TETfund), made available a total of N3billion for Book Development. He asserted thatNUC, through its quality assurance mandate, had recently reviewed the curriculum of theNUS, to make the universities meet the developmental needs of the country as well as globalcompetitiveness. He urged the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and hiscolleagues not to rest on their oars but to continue in the spirit of their commitment to changethe fortunes of education to enable Nigerians derive the maximum benefits of goodgovernance, through their legislative and oversight activities.Senator Chukwumerije displaying the book and flanked by Senator Effong and Prof. OkojieResponding on behalf of the NUS, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Lafia, NassarawaState, Professor Mrs. Ekanem Ikpi Braide, thanked the donor for making the books availableto the universities and said that it would be a good resource material at the libraries forstudents of the Nigerian Universities.At the event were Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of the nine new Federal Universities inNigeria. The NUC team included Professor C. F. Mafiana (Director, Quality Assurance),Some NUC Directors at the book presentationPage 6

Professor L. A. Bichi (Director, Academic Standards), Professor O.V. Ekechukwu (Director,Research and Innovations) and Mr. Ibrahim. I. Dan’Iya (Director, Management SupportServices). Others were Acting Directors,Dr. S. B. Ramon-Yusuf (Open and DistanceEducation) and Mrs. H. P. Abechi (Inspection and Monitoring). Also at the meeting was theDeputy Director (Protocol) and Chief of Staff to Executive Secretary, Mr. C. J. Maiyaki.Northumbria University Seeks Collaboration withNUCThe Executive Secretary, NationalUniversities Commission (NUC),Professor Julius A.Okojie, onTuesday, 11 October, 2011, met with ateam from Northumbria University,Newcastle, the United Kingdom (UK),who were on a fact-finding mission to theCommission on how to establishpartnerships with Nigerian universities andresearch institutions. Receiving the team,the Executive Secretary, said that theNigerian University System (NUS) wasexpanding, with new programmes beingestablished and the Benchmark MinimumAcademic Standards being streamlined.Both activities, he said, called for stronglinkages with universities abroad, whichwould play complementary roles toMr. Neil SlaterLeader of the delegationincrease Nigerian universities’ capacity to run these programmes effectively. He highlightedsome of the new areas in which the NUS were expanding to include MechatronicsEngineering, Aeronautics Engineering, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology.Professor Okojie however said, that Nigerian universities were highly selective of theuniversities with which they forged partnerships, stressing that the Universities could notafford the luxury of making mistakes in this regard despite the increasing desire to improveuniversity education in Nigeria, within the shortest possible time. The NUC, he stated, wouldconsequently look at the rankings of the overseas universities amongst their peers and for thespecific programmes in which capacity-building was required, to ensure that best practiceswere transmitted to Nigerian universities.The collaborations, he said, would be most relevant in the area of staff development andtraining, adding that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) was doing a highlycommendable job of funding these activities, but noted that there was room for furtherexpansion of these training programmes.The leader of the delegation and Northumbria University’s Head of International StudentRecruitment, Mr. Neil Slater, thanked the Executive Secretary for the warm receptionaccorded them and for the insight they gained on the unique needs of the NUS. He expressedPage 7

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