Written by Godfrey AKON

Your promotion is in your hands, NUC tells lecturers

The National Universities Commission has challenged lecturers of Nigerian universities to take advantage of opportunities in research to advance their careers.

Addressing participants at a workshop on academic publishing for junior and mid-career lecturers in Abuja, NUC’s Director of Research, Innovation and Information Technology, Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, said the promotion of the lecturers was in their own hands.

Ramon-Yusuf explained that in academia, promotion is based on the quantum and quality of work a lecturer does, and the quality of his work is indicated by the type of journal that accepts it.

“If our people work hard and publish in high impact journals there is no way that such works would not be cited by scientists and other researchers in other parts of the world.

“In academia, your promotion is in your own hand based on the quantum and quality of work that you do, and the indication of the quality of your work is what journal has accepted it.

 “Is it volume 1 number 1 journal that is not known beyond your campus? If you publish that way, certainly you will end up be a local champion and globalisation does not allow anyone to be a local champion,” he said.

Speaking on the workshop, he said the workshop, which jointly organised by the Commission and the United Kingdom-based Enago Academy, is part of the measures taken by the commission to improve the global ranking of the Nigerian universities.

According to him, the low ranking of universities in the country might not be unconnected with the poor visibility of researches carried out by the nation’s academics.

“Many people asked why are Nigerian universities not doing well? It may not necessarily be that our academics do not work or do not research on interesting and important topics. Part of the issue may be when you work and you publish in journals that are not well-ranked, your work is very unlikely to be ranked.

“Knowing where to publish is as important as to know where to research on. The whole idea of the workshop is to propagate knowledge about how to improve research publication with a view to improving the visibility of Nigerian universities in the global committee of universities.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, who was represented by Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, said NUC was committed to build the capacity of Nigerian academics which would have a multiplier effect on the quality of university education in the country.

He called on participants to take advantage of the exercise by channeling more energy to the publication of research in well-known journals.

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