The Acting Executive

Secretary National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Chris Maiyaki Says the Federal Government has assured of its commitment to steadily increase the number of universities in the country.

He stated this Wednesday in Abuja during an interactive session with education correspondence.

According to him,” the current number of 272 Universities in the NUS not sufficient to accommodate the ever-growing demand for university education by Nigerian youths.

On the reconstitution of governing boards of federal universities, he said the federal government is making frantic efforts to reconstitute the governing councils of all federal universities.

He said the Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman has put in place a panel to work on the list and the councils would be inaugurated once the list was consummated.

Responding to the two-week ultimatum issued by the Academic Staff Union of Universities for the government to reconstitute the governing councils of public universities.

The acting Executive Secretary agreed that the absence of governing councils for public universities has slowed down the administration of the universities.

He appealed to the leadership of ASUU to be patient with the government during the period.

The NUC Boss says to encourage partnerships with industry and promote blended learning, the NUC carried out an extensive review of university curricula from the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) to the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS), which reflects the aspirations of Nigeria to attain a knowledge economy, driven by the 4 Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the 21 Century skills.

“The implementation of the new curricula came into effect in September 2023. for the 2023/2024 academic session. The implementation framework of the CCMAS makes provision for the training of staff in student-centred tuition-delivery capabilities and development of textual materials to enhance teaching and learning.

The acting Executive Secretary said various guidelines including Guidelines on Trans-National Education (INE) in Nigeria; Guidelines for e-Learning in Nigerian Universities;
Guidelines for the Implementation of the National Policy on Open Educational Resources (OER) in Nigerian Higher Education, and the Guidelines for the Establishment of Private Open Universities in Nigeria have also been churned out by the Commission.

“The Guidelines for Transnational Education (INE) allows foreign Universities to collaborate in creating high quality institutions in Nigeria through six competitive models This effort aims at making Nigerian graduates competitive, globally, so as to reduce the need for the nation’s young men and women going abroad to seek university education and marks a significant milestone in the history of the NUC towards its dedication to greater quality, equity and access to university education in Nigeria.