Universities Commission to review academic programmes

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

The National Universities Commission has declared its intention to review all academic programmes in Nigerian Universities with a view to remove courses that are not so relevant to developmental needs of Nigeria.

This was announced by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar, when he met with Directors of Academic Planning of all public and private universities in Abuja.

According to Abubakar, NUC came up with the decision to review the courses following an understudy of reasons Nigeria was lagging behind in specific fields.

He said the universities regulatory agency would not be averse to new programmes that would challenge the system, noting that institutions were at liberty to bring up new courses and concepts.

The NUC Boss also lamented the dearth of database of Nigeria universities adding that often than not, the country would be losing interventions for her tertiary education sector, from the international community.

NUC has taken a decision to start a comprehensive review of the curriculum of all academic programmes being ran in Nigerian Universities and we intend to be quite flexible about it, allowing universities to think innovatively in the review process.

“We will not be averse in anyway, we will welcome a situation where each of the university can come up with courses which will challenge the system Universities will be allowed to submit these ideas through proposals to NUC which we will all scrutinize and institutionalize if need be.