Written by Godfrey AKON

NUC rejects degrees acquired below 3 years

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has said it would not accept degrees acquired in less than three academic years from any African country.

Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said some Nigerians were lured by mushroom institutions in African countries to obtain degrees in one or two years, warning that NUC will not recognise such certificates.

Rasheed spoke in Abuja at the 11th International Conference and Workshop on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa, ICQAHEA, with the theme: “Towards Sustainability of Continental Harmonisation Agenda of Higher Education in Africa.”

He stated that the commission in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, rejected some graduates of the institutions who returned to do the one year compulsory NYSC service.


“We are pained when we are confronted by employers of labour in this country trying to get us to interpret qualifications. In Africa, many countries allow their universities to graduate their students with degrees in less than two years.

“Unfortunately, some of our sister countries allow universities to be established for nationals of other countries and when we write to some of these countries, the reply we get is that the institutions are legally registered.

“There have been reports of many Nigerians who go to Ghana, Togo, and many other African countries to study in mushroom universities that are predominantly Nigerian students,” he said.

While commenting on the theme of the conference, the NUC boss called for harmonisation of the university system in Africa, especially the duration of study, curriculum and contents.

He noted that no matter how endowed, no individual university has all the solutions to all of Africa’s problems.

He said NUC will not impose uniformity on any university but encourage harmonisation and a situation where universities can build on their peculiarities, identities and characters.

“Harmonisation in higher education is not uniformity; the principle can be maintained in the phase of ensuring the educational deliverables of the continent are achieved.




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