NUC presents provisional licences to 12 new private universities

The 12 new private universities approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on April 6 have received their provisional licenses from the National Universities Commission (NUC).

With the presentation of the licenses, Nigeria now has a total of 111 private universities.

Also offered with the provisional licenses are: Peter University, Achina / Onneh, Anambra State; Newgate University, Minna, Niger State, European University of Nigeria, Duboyi, Abuja, FCT and Northwestern University, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

Adamu noted that although the number of universities may seem large, there was a need to establish more universities in the country,

The Minister said: “The government is also well aware of the need to improve the country’s Human Development Index rankings, knowing that countries that are consistently well ranked in human development indices have retained a respected number of universities relative to their population. .

“As usual, the preliminary approval for these universities to operate is intended to create space for effective mentorship and qualitative growth within the first three years of operation.”

He said the universities will be affiliated with parent generation universities for academic and administrative mentorship that will be moderated by the NEC.

The Minister encouraged the owners to maintain funding for the improvement of infrastructure, teaching and learning equipment as well as human resources in order to obtain the universities’ accreditation through NEC.

Executive Secretary of the NEC, prof. Abubakar Rasheed praised the owners of the new universities.

He said private universities bring uniqueness to the Nigerian university landscape.

The NUC head said: “The NUC has embarked on a radical redesign of the curricula in the Nigerian universities to meet global standards and international best practices to prepare Nigerian graduates for relevance in the world economy.

“The Norm-Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) have been revised by NEC to Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) together with the best experts of the program and stakeholders in the industry.

“The CCMAS, which will be introduced to the public soon, provides 70 percent of what should be taught along with the expected outcomes, while universities will provide 30 percent based on their individual contextual peculiarities and characteristics.

“The establishment of more private universities under the strict supervision of the NEC is an antidote to the spread of illegal source of concern and embarrassment for the nation and a threat to quality university education delivery.”

Rasheed ordered the owners to familiarize themselves with the management code for private universities aimed at improving the successful management and sustainability of the institutions.

Former executive secretary of the NEC, prof. Julius Okojie, said universities bring development, adding that if we are to have quality university education, private universities must be encouraged. ‘

According to him, unless there is the creation of new states, new state universities cannot be created, and says the government is heavily oppressed in terms of political will and funds to establish more universities.

He added: “Universities bring development and the future of development in this country lies with the universities.

“Go to any state in this country, the establishment of universities brings about an increase in economic activities, new buildings come up for student accommodation, okada riders for transportation, and so on.

He said countries with large populations have a large number of universities to mitigate their educational needs.

Okojie called for support for those who want to establish private universities.

He said private universities make way for innovative and quality education.

Owner of Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno, Dr Muhammed Dikwa, speaking on behalf of the owners, assured the NEC that the newly licensed universities would comply with all the guidelines set out by the NUC and ensure that quality education was not in the threat comes.

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