Written by Godfrey AKON

NUC wants synergy between varsities, affiliate institutions

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has emphasised the imperative of synergy between parent universities and their affiliate institutions for effective delivery of quality university education.

Executive Secretary of NUC Prof Abubakar Rasheed, who stated this in Abuja while interacting with Vice Chancellors of universities as well as Provosts, Rectors and Directors of affiliate institutions, expressed concerns over the quality of programmes run by affiliate institutions.

Rasheed said there was inadequate supervision of affiliate institutions by their parent universities as observed during a system-wide monitoring and inspection of 104 affiliate institutions across the country.

“It is worthy that due to numerous deficiencies identified in the course of the exercise which border on compliance with NUC guidelines on affiliation, the Commission deemed it fit to organise a stakeholders’ interactive meeting on the supervisory role of parent universities of affiliate institutions, in order to draw attention of parent universities and their affiliate institutions on the identified deficiencies and findings of the exercise,” he said.

The NUC boss was represented at the meeting by the Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Sam Onazi, a statement on the Commission’s website said.

According to him, the Commission conducted another Inspection and Monitoring exercise, in furtherance of the commitment towards enhancing quality in affiliate programmes, in 2018/2019,

“The first phase which was conducted for a period of three weeks from 24th June to 15th July, 2018, a total of 82 affiliate institutions were visited.  In June 2019, 22 approved affiliate institutions that were inadvertently omitted during the 2018 exercise were visited in order to have a comprehensive report on affiliations in the NUS, thereby, making it a total of 104 approved affiliate institutions visited.

He further stated that though affiliate arrangement had some challenges seeking for solutions, he was optimistic that the meeting would bring to meaningful perspective, the respective roles of parent universities in order to ensure effective and orderly development of university education in Nigeria.

Rasheed said expressed hope that forum would provide seamless opportunity for participants to rub minds on those issues that needed to be addressed for the purpose of finding lasting solutions.

Earlier, the Acting Director, Inspection and Monitoring, Mrs. Agnes Bamgbala assured that NUC would continue to support affiliations in university system and professionally guide towards ensuring that quality programmes were run in affiliate institutions as obtainable in parent universities.

Bamgbala expressed confidence that the forum would contribute in creating strong synergy and also be beneficial to the participants as they got sensitised on rudiments of affiliation in the Nigerian university system, NUS.

 

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