Nigeria

30 November 2022

Academic Freedom Remains Under Threat in Africa

Attacks on scholars, students, academic freedom and tertiary education institutions remain pervasive in Africa, with a high frequency of incidents undermining higher education in countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, according to Scholars at Risk (SAR), a network that provides sanctuary to threatened academics around the world and campaigns for freedom to think. Read more

Advances in the Health Sciences Noted

A total of 96 universities in 17 African countries have been ranked in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 by Subject that lists achievements in academic fields across 11 selected major subject areas. Read more

After Strike, Flooding Now Keeps Students from Classes

Thousands of students eager to return to the classroom after an eight-month strike by Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended are now stuck at home after university campuses in many Nigerian cities were flooded. Read more

Anchor Varsity Excited Over Rise in Admission Seekers 

Following the accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to Anchor University, Lagos to run for new programmes, there has been a surge in the number of admission seekers into the faith-based university and this has excited the Vice Chancellor Prof. Samuel Bandele. Read more

Anxiety as ASUU Decides on Shutting Down Universities 

Less than one month after the Academic Staff Union of Staff Universities, ASUU, suspended its 8-month industrial action, the union and the Federal Government are back on a warpath. Read more

ASUU Not Responsible for Decay in Public Universities… 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the union is not responsible for the current decay in public universities in the country. Associate Prof. Lazarus Maigoro, Chairman of the union in the University of Jos stated this during a peaceful protest… Read more

ASUU Threatens to Skip Sessions Missed During Strike Over ‘No-Work, No-Pay 

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to skip backlog of academic sessions halted by their seven months strike if federal government persists on the no work no pay rule. Read more

Bauchi Tertiary Institutions Declare 2-Week Warning Strike

Bauchi state-owned tertiary institutions, under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee (JAC) have declared a two-week warning strike to press home their demands with effect from Nov. 16,2022.Mr Abdulkadir Mohammed, Bauchi state Chairman of JAC, stated this in a news conference in Bauchi, … Read more

Bid to End ‘Discriminatory’ English Test Starts to Pay Off

A campaign aimed at persuading foreign universities to end their demand that Nigerian students and others from English-speaking African countries sit English proficiency tests as part of admission requirements had started to pay off. Read more

Business Schools for Climate Leadership Initiative Launched

Six leading African business schools launched the Business Schools for Climate Leadership Africa (BS4CL Africa) initiative to build a collaborative framework for climate action that can transform business education curricula to match the needs and adapt to the realities of the African continent. Read more

Cancer Researchers Must Broaden the Focus of Their Work

Cancer research in Africa has increased over the past decade, but those gains were unevenly distributed as just 13 out of 54 countries on the continent produced 90% of the research, with Egypt and South Africa contributing two-thirds of the peer-reviewed contributions about cancer, … Read more

Climate Action is a Key HE Mandate and in Need of Funding

As the Sharm el-Sheikh climate summit, COP27, unfolds, the higher education community is grasping the opportunity to put some of their demands on the conference table in Egypt, including calls to strengthen educational and research capacities of universities and research centres to tackle the impact of climate change. Read more

Climate Change and SDG Education to Target Million Youths

An estimated million African university students are set to benefit from a digital education programme on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2023-24. Read more

Covenant University Wins Best Private Varsity Award 

Of the 111 private varsities in Nigeria, Covenant University has come tops, emerging Best Private University for Year 2022 at the Nigeria Prestige Education Awards. Read more

Don’t Underrate Private Tertiary Institutions, FG Tells Parents, Others 

The federal government has told parents and guardians not to underrate private tertiary institutions in the country, saying private education institutions have helped government open doors for more citizens to acquire quality education. Read more

Falana Urges Nigerian Govt to Stop Provoking Universities’ Lecturers 

In continued efforts by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to challenge the payment of half salaries to its members for the month of October, a counsel to the union, Femi Falana, has urged the Federal Government to stop provoking varsities lecturers. Read more

FG Abdicating its Roles on Education to Nigerians

Lecturers at the University of Benin under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the federal government of attempting to abdicate its constitutional role of Nigerians of providing quality and affordable education to Nigerians with the way it is handling the industrial crisis between it and university lecturers by attempting to criminalise strikes. Read more

Funding of HE: Replace Monologues with Candid Conversations

In a recent article in University World News, it was reported that Zimbabwe’s minister of higher and tertiary education blamed universities for the widely bemoaned low levels of state funding. Read more

Gbajabiamila Assures ASUU of N170bn Lecturers’ Welfare Package

Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives has revealed a proposed N170 Billion appropriation bill to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of lecturers, while he called for a national summit on tertiary education reform. Read more

Gbajabiamila Lists Reasons FG Won’t Pay ASUU Fully

The Speaker of the House of Representatves, Femi Gbajabiamila, has indicated that the Federal Government may not fully pay university lecturers for the eighth months that the Academic Staff Union of Universities was on strike. Read more

Gov Uzodinma Sacks Imo Varsity VC 

Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has sacked the Vice-Chancellor of Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UAES), Patrick Egbule. Read more

Half Salary: Withholding Our Salaries Illegal, CONUA Tells Government –

The Congress of University Academics (CONUA) has described the non-payment of its members’ March to September salaries and part of its October salary as illegal. Read more

Jos Varsity Promotes 158 Lecturers to Professors, Associate Professors 

The University of Jos has approved the elevation of 158 lecturers to the ranks of professors and associate professors.A statement by Mr Abdullahi Abdullahi, Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, disclosed this on Tuesday in Jos. Read more

Kabale University Fires Nigerian Lecturer for Sexually Harassing Female Students 

Kabale University has fired Dr Lukman Nafiu Abiodum, a senior lecturer of Statistics who was accused of sexually harassing his female students. Read more

Kogi Govt Threatens to Sanction Erring Private Tertiary Institutions

The Kogi Government has threatened to impose sanctions on any operator of private tertiary institutions that failed to adhere to the guidelines and directives concerning education in the state. Read more

Kwara Varsity VC, Akanbi, Dies At 51, Gov AbdulRazaq, Emir Mourn 

The vice chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi (SAN), is dead.Aged 51, Akanbi reportedly died on Sunday at a medical facility in Lagos State. Read more

Measuring HE Ethics: An Inclusive New Ranking is Launched

It has been 18 years in the making, but a new university ranking based on “enriched student learning, inspired leadership and commitment to sustainability and integrity” has finally seen the light of day. Read more

Money, Political Will Holding Back Disabled Students

Ahmed Junaid is not learning at the same pace as his course mates at the University of Ilorin (Unilorin) in Kwara State, Nigeria, because of his visual impairment. Read more

NASENI Asks NUC, NBTE to Review Entrepreneurship Curriculum 

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI),yesterday, asked the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education(NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to review the curriculum for entrepreneurship courses… Read more

National Assembly Passes Education Bank Bill for Student Loans

Both chambers of the National Assembly have finally passed the Students Loan Bill sponsored by Speaker Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, which aims to enable Nigerian students in higher institutions of learning have access to financial assistance. Read more

Nigerian Universities Capable of Solving Nation’s Challenges, Says McPherson Varsity VC 

The Vice Chancellor, McPherson University, Prof. Francis Igbasan, yesterday said Nigerian universities are capable of providing solutions to the various challenges facing the country, saying what it needed is attitudinal change on the part of the society. Read more 

Nile Varsity Produces 800 Graduates, Rewards Best Students 

Nile University of Nigeria has graduated over 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students across five faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Engineering, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Law at its 10th convocation ceremony held y in Abuja. Read more

No Green Economy Without Green Skills: HE’s Critical Role

As global economies shift from linear to circular economies, the need to build on green skills and competencies becomes critical across sectors and industries, and the role of universities in developing these skills becomes more evident, participants at the recent COP27 summit held in Egypt heard. Read more

NUC and Battle Against Fake Professors in Varsities

Most universities around the world grapple with issues of academic corruption, hence the recent directive by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for vice chancellors to compile a comprehensive list of full professors in their respective institutions over reports of fake professors becomes an eye-opener. Read more

NUC Teams Applaud Department of Languages, …

A delegation from the National Universities Commission on an accreditation visit to the Department of Languages, Covenant University has commended the department and university’s leadership for putting the programme on a sound footing towards delivering maximally for students and researchers in the department. Read more

Osinbajo Advocates more Investments in Open Universities

Vice Presídent Yemi Osinbajo has called for more investments in Open Universities in the country and the expansion of the capacities of tertiary institutions. Read more

Osun Varsity Wins Melinda Gates Foundation $1.4m Grant 

The Osun State University (OSU) has won Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $1.4 million Research Grant and others grants. Read more

‘Over N60m Spent on Electricity Monthly’ – NUC Chair Seeks Better Funding for Public Varsities

Abubakar Rasheed, the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), says federal universities spend between N60 million and N80 million monthly on electricity. Read more

Questions Over Delay to Enact Sex for Grades Bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to sign a bill aimed at tackling growing incidences of sexual harassment in Nigerian higher education institutions into law since it was passed by the Senate, the country’s upper law-making body, two-and-a-half years ago. Read more

Reps Announce Summit to Redress Challenges of Tertiary Education in Nigeria 

The House of Representatives has announced a summit aimed at brainstorming solutions to the multi-faceted challenges bedeviling the tertiary education sector. Read more

Salem University Mobilises 36 Graduates for Law School

36 graduates from Salem University, Lokoja have been mobilised for the mandatory one-year Law School before their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service. Read more

Sociologist Enlightens Students on Right Approach to the World of Work

An Alumnus of Covenant University, Mr. Faith Abang   has posited that sociologists have a foundation to be able to function in any capacity in the real world. Read more

The Association of African Universities (AAU) Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Association of Higher Education (CAHE)…

The Association of African Universities (AAU), and the China Association of Higher Education (CAHE), have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in areas of mutual interest for the benefit of higher education institutions and other stakeholders within their respective regions. Read more

Twenty (20) winners of RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition 2022…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of the 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted 136 applications from 16 countries in Africa… Read more

University of Jos VC Appeals to Lecturers to Resume Teaching

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, on Monday in Jos appealed to the varsity’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to be compassionate with students and resume lectures. Read more

UNIZIK V-C Solicits Alumni Support to Achieve University’s Vision

The Management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra, has called for increased support of the institution’s Alumni to achieve the vision of making the university the best in the country. Read more

UNIZIK Would Have Ranked Even Higher

The vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Okechukwu Esimone, has welcomed the recent ranking of the university by the Times Higher Education which placed UNIZIK at 10th position in Nigeria. Read more

UNZA Ranked 6th Best University in Africa

The University of Zambia (UNZA) has been ranked 6th best university in Africa from 156 universities in 20 countries by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Meanwhile, at the global level, UNZA has been ranked in the 501-600 position out of 1,799 participating universities. Read more

VC Laments Tax Burden on Private Universities

The Vice Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Prof. Chinedum Babalola, yesterday lamented that private universities in the country were not benefitting anything from government apart from licencing and regulatory role that the government was playing. Read more

Why Researchers Must Play Role in the Redesign of Democracy

Ongoing conversations among citizens in Nigeria are spotlighting the need for researchers to get involved in shaping the country’s nascent democracy. Read more

 

31 October 2022

23 Nigerian Universities Now Offering Pharmacy Programmes – PCN

The Pharmacy Council of Nigeria has said that there are now 23 universities offering the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy programmes in the country. Read more

36 Tertiary Institutions Ignored Audit Queries

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund has accused 36 unnamed tertiary institutions comprising universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education of failing to respond to audit queries which were sent to them regarding the 2020 financial year, The PUNCH has gathered. Read more

48 Nigerian Varsities Shine in Global Ranking

The Chairman of the Nigerian Universities Ranking Advisory Committee, Professor Emeritus Peter Okebukola, has announced the news of the performance of Nigerian universities in the Times Higher Education 2023 Subject Rankings, which were released on October 25. Read more

Africa’s Economic Transformation Hinges on High-Level Skills

The World Bank’s spending on education in Sub-Saharan African has been growing over the past decade and has tripled from US$400 million to US$1.2 billion from 2018 to 2021 in West and Central Africa, with a significant contribution going to the higher education sector. Read more

A Pathway Towards Sustainable Development – High-Level Meetings with Partners

(ACEs) addresses higher-level skills development needs and innovative research requirements for the continent’s priority development sectors in five main areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); agriculture; health; environment; applied social science and education. Read more

ASUU Directs Lecturers to Resume Work Immediately

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its eight-month-old industrial action embarked upon on February 14 to compel federal government to implement various agreements it reached with varsity lecturers since 2009. Read more

ASUU Strike’ll be over ‘in matter of days’…

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has hinted that the long-running strike embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU will be over “in matter of days.” Read more

Buhari Proposes N470bn for Universities, Other Tertiary Institutions 

The federal government has proposed N470 billion for the revitalisation and salary enhancements in tertiary institutions.President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this on Friday while presenting the 2023 budget estimates to the joint session of the National Assembly. Read more

Buhari Speaks on Alarming Sexual Harassment in Nigerian Universities 

President Muhammadu Buhari has made known on Tuesday, October 4, that sexual harassment had reached alarming levels at the country’s universities, with “sex for grades” also part of corrupt practices that are being investigated by authorities. Read more

Centres of Excellence are Informing Policy Decisions

The African Centres of Excellence project in the West and Central Africa region has made huge strides in advancing research, some of which is already informing policy decisions and solving pressing problems in Africa, ranging from malaria and Ebola to coastal flooding and erosion. Read more

CLDS Collaborates with UN to Mark World Peace Day, Holds Town and Gown, Book Presentation

The College of Leadership and Development Studies has collaborated with the United Nations to mark the International Peace Day. Read more

Experts Polarised Over Increase in Ranked Universities

Nigeria has doubled the number of its ranked universities – from six to 12 – in the recently released Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023, but experts differ on whether the achievement is an accurate reflection of the higher education system – in particular against the backdrop of labour instability. Read more

Fayemi Dissolves Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions 

Ekiti State’s outgoing Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has approved the dissolution of the Governing Councils of state-owned universities, state Polytechnic, Isan-Ekiti and College of Health Technology, Ijero- Ekiti with effect from yesterday Monday, October 10. Read more

FG Registers Two New University Unions in Bid to Split ASUU 

Federal government has formally registered two new university unions, the Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA) and National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA). Read more

FieldCore Engineering Seeks Partnership with Covenant University

The resourcefulness of Covenant University students, which has always been a reference point for the quality of academic training in the University by employers of labour and professional bodies, has once again attracted the attention of a major player in the engineering field. Read more

Four Liberian Scholars to Gain Foreign Exposure in Nigeria

Four Liberian scholars of the Hill City University of Science and Technology (HCUST) along the Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway are expected to travel to Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria. Read more

Go Beyond Managing Disruptions and Overhaul the Whole Sector

As students of government-owned higher institutions continue to bear the brunt of the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of Nigeria, no end seems to be in sight to the perennial labour conflict problem whose cost in both human and material terms is better imagined than listed. Read more

Graduated, but Lacking in the Skills the Economy Needs

High unemployment in Nigeria, especially among the youth, has become a worrisome trend that raises concern over the employability of thousands of graduates produced by the country’s higher educational institutions annually. Read more

Has ASUU Called Off Strike: Is 17th October 2022, Universities Resumption Date?

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila last night said that in a matter of days the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU will call off the 7-month-old strike that had kept the citadel of learning under lock and keys. Read more

I Became Professor at 39 – Aremu, Landmark Varsity VC 

The Vice-Chancellor of Landmark University, Prof Charity Aremu, tells BLESSING ENENAITE about her achievements, challenges and other issues What inspired you to be an educationist? Read more

ICAO, Qatar to Partner with Nigeria on Aviation University  

The President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council, Salvatore Siacchitano has reiterated the commitment of the organisation to partner with Nigeria in the establishment, provision of funding and faculty for the African Aviation and Aerospace University (AAAU) in Abuja. Read more

I Won’t Pay Varsity Lecturers Who Joined ASUU Strike…

Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku on Sunday said he would not pay Taraba university lecturers who joined the lingering strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

JAMB Warns Varsities Against Jumping Academic Sessions 

AS public universities resume for academic activities across the country following eight months of industrial action declared by Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has warned against jumping of academic sessions. Read more

Katsina Varsity Gets FG’s N3bn for Faculty Building

The Federal Government has supported Katsina State with N3 billion to construct the Faculty of Agriculture building at the state-owned university, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University (UMYU), at Layin Minista in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state. Read more

Lecturers Fight Court Ruling that Ordered them Back to Work

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has appealed and filed a stay of execution of a ruling by Nigeria’s industrial court after it ordered an end to the union’s protracted strike. Read more

Linking Politics and Research has Never Been More Necessary

In June this year, the leaders of more than 50 Commonwealth nations set out a major new commitment to joint action on climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable land use. Read more

Maitama Sule Varsity to Resume Academic Activities Monday

The senate, Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano, formerly North West University, over the weekend gave approval for second semester lectures for the 2020/2021 academic session to commence,…Read more

Nigerian Government Licenses a New Academic Staff Union

In an apparent move to clip the wings of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Nigerian government on 4 October officially registered a factional lecturers’ union, the Congress of University Academics (CONUA). Read more

Nigerian Govt Tells ASUU to Respect Court Order, Resume Duty

The Federal Government of Nigeria has advised the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to respect the interlocutory injunction by the National Industrial Court NICN and resume duty in the classrooms. Read more

Nigerian Universities Commence Post-graduate Courses in Substance, Addiction Studies

The International Society of Substances Use Professionals (ISSUP) (Nigeria) has disclosed that two universities in Nigeria have been approved to offer post graduate courses in substance use prevention, treatment and policy standard as an international course. Read more

Nigerians Flock to the UK to Benefit from Student Visa Policy

The United Kingdom’s new policy on post-study work visas is proving to be popular among Nigerian students eager to permanently immigrate to that country. The UK now allows international students with a study visa to remain for at least two years after their graduation. Read more

Number of Ranked Universities in Africa Increases to 97

African universities have made dramatic progress in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023 as, for the first time, 97 universities from 17 countries, up from 71 last year, have been rated to be part of the best universities globally, with 10 of them in the top 500. Read more

Over 1000 Nigerian University Lecturers Ready to Resume …

The National Legal Adviser of CONUA, Misbau Alamu Lateef, insisted that they were over 1000 university lecturers, and ready to return to class. Read more

 Plateau Varsity Resumes Next Week

The Management of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, has approved Monday, October 24, as the resumption date for the commencement of lectures and other academic activities. Read more

Professor Adebayo Charge Researchers to be Ethically Conscious in Research Engagement

The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, has reiterated the importance of research in the priorities of the University’s engagement in the world of knowledge. Read more

Quality of Graduates Proves if University is Quack or not …

Vice chancellor of Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Professor Ademola Tayo, has said that factor that determines if a university is quack or not anywhere globally is by the quality of its graduates, research activities and community services and not by mere name of the owner. Read more

Research Ethics of Science, Innovation and Technology in Africa

Since the 1970s, UNESCO build knowledge and reinforce awareness linkages among ethicists, scientists, research institutions, policymakers, academia, judges, journalists, civil society as well as the general public to assist Member States in enacting sound and reasoned policies and setting up of institutional frameworks to address ethical issues in science and technology. Read more

Rivers Varsity Bars Final Year Students from Exams Hall Over Fees

Hundreds of final year students among others of Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, were stranded on Monday as they were shutout from taking their second semester Examinations with the commencement of “No Fees, No Examination’ policy of the institution. Read more

Sano-Olu Increases Bursary for Lagos Students in Tertiary Institutions by 100%

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved a 100% increase in the amount of bursaries available to students from Lagos State who are enrolled in tertiary institutions nationwide. According to the State government, the raise would start to apply in the 2022-2023 academic year. Read more

Seven Public Universities in Nigeria with Female VCs

The days of women being underrepresented in leadership roles are long gone. Women are no longer relegated to the background in positions of leadership in Nigeria, which now includes everything from politics to business and university administration. Read more

Siemens Energy, Germany Partner LASG to Build TVET Centre 

Siemens Energy Limited and the German Government have signed a partnership agreement with Lagos State Technical & Vocational Education Board, (LASTVEB) to set up a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Centre of Excellence for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Ikorodu. Read more

Strike Called Off, but ASUU’s Labour Issues Unresolved

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria are expected to return to their classrooms at federal universities following the union’s announcement on 14 October that it was suspending its eight-month-old strike. Read more

Study Questions Scholar Rescue Programme Practices

Scholar rescue organisations should place more emphasis on advocating for academic freedom in countries where it is repressed, according to a recent study. They should also take steps to improve women’s participation and do more to help alleviate post-rescue precarity, the study recommends. Read more

Tackling Accommodation Crisis in Tertiary Institutions

Amid the shortage of housing deficits across higher institutions in Nigeria, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Fund) is exploring ways to build more students hostels. Read more

Talent is Being Developed, Now to Keep it From Leaving

One of the core missions of a university is to produce graduates who can join the workforce and develop solutions for the exigent demands of society and the economy. However, this can be a problem when graduates’ skills don’t align with what is needed in a 21st-century workplace. Read more

Twenty (20) Winners of RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition…

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the 20 winners of the 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition. The competition attracted 136 applications from 16 countries in Africa… Read more

Universities have to Contribute More to Startup Ecosystem

Universities in Nigeria are not doing enough to encourage and support entrepreneurship development that is required to contribute to a startup ecosystem – and they are lagging behind institutions in Egypt and South Africa. Read more

Universities’ Admissions from 2020 to 2023 have Not Elapsed

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has insisted that it has no control on admission processes by universities, but at the same time, has not mandated the cancellation or deference of any admission. Read more

University Social Responsibility and the SDGs

The International USR Summit 2022, a biennial flagship event of the University Social Responsibility Network (USR Network), is being hosted virtually on 16-18 November by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Read more

UNIZIK VC Blames ASUU Strike for Low Rating

The Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Charles Esimone, on Monday disagreed with the recent ranking by the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit, New York which placed UNIZIK 10th position in ranking of universities in Nigeria. Read more

Varsities to Introduce New Courses- Committee of VCs 

The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kuhne Foundation to integrate logistics and supply chain into Nigerian university’s curriculum. Read more

World University Rankings 2023: UI, UNILAG, Covenant Universities Make Africa’s Top 20 

The latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings has ranked three Universities in Nigeria among the first top 20 institutions in the African continent. In the latest rankings Published by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 25, African Universities made debut appearances in the growing list of entries… Read more

 

30 September 2022

3 Ojukwu Varsity Students Found Dead in Hostel

Three students of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, Anambra State, were at the weekend found dead in their hostel at the Igbariam campus of the institution. Read more

Abuse Claims of Students in Northern Cyprus ‘Exaggerated’

Authorities of Northern Cyprus have described the Nigerian government’s concern over human rights abuses against its students studying in the occupied territory as “exaggerated”. Read more

Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) to Reward Quality, Applied Research and Innovation

SIRA recognizes and promotes excellent research and innovation which responds to Africa’s developmental challenges. Read more

Anglican Church Establishes College of Education to Regain Lost Morals, Character…

Rt. Rev. Sosthenes Eze, Anglican Bishop of Enugu North Diocese, says the Church established its College of Education to remould and regain lost morals and character. Read more

ARUA to Add Seven Centres of Excellence in the Next Year

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) will increase the number of Centres of Excellence it runs from 13 to 20 in the next 12 months in response to the need for increased university-led knowledge output in priority scientific areas. Read more

ASUU to Appeal Court Order on Resumption as NANS, Others Kick 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is set to appeal the order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) directing the suspension of its seven months old strike. Read more

ASUU Rejected FG’s 23.5 Percent Salary Increase Offer – Adamu 

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Tuesday outlined the Federal Government’s efforts to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities on February 14. Read more

ASUU Strike Causing Me Internal Turmoil, Says Education Minister

Adamu Adamu, minister of education, on Tuesday, met with vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors of federal universities to find a solution to the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

ASUU Strike: Enforce ‘No Work, No Pay’, Pro-Chancellors of State Varsities Tell FG

The Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State-Owned Universities (COPSUN) says the federal government should not pay members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for the period they are on strike. Read more

ASUU strike: Lecturers Demand Reopening of Varsities

Group of lecturers under the aegis of Congress of University Academics, CONUA has called for the immediate reopening of universities for the resumption of academic activities. Read more

ASUU Strike: We’re Studying Directive Issued by Universities Commission

Vice-Chancellors of Public universities in Nigeria have said that they are currently studying the letter issued by the Federal government through the National Universities Commission NUC, ordering them to reopen schools and allow students to resume lectures. Read more

ASUU strike: We cannot be cowed – Lecturers

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said no amount of threats will make the lecturers stop fighting for quality education and welfare of her members, until the right thing is done by the government. Read more

Benue Varsity Directs Immediate Reopening of School

The management of Benue State University, BSU Makurdi has directed the immediate reopening of the school. DAILY POST reports that BSU and other government-owned universities were shut down on February 14 following an industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU. Read more

Buhari Meets Pro-Chancellors, Promises to Make ‘Further Consultations’ on ASUU’s Demands 

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to engage in further consultations with relevant stakeholders towards ending the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Climate Education Can ‘Lure More Youths into Climate Action’

Despite the compelling need to produce experts and specialists with the skills and competencies to contribute to climate action on a greater scale, the uptake of climate change education at learning institutions across Africa was slow. Read more

Covenant has the Resources to Become the Hub for Harvesting Microbial…

The President of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, Professor Mohammed B. Yerima, has heaped plaudits on Covenant University as one of the very few institutions in Nigeria with the requisite capacity to teach and carry out deep research in the area of biotechnology. Read more

Duality of Knowledge Paradigms Requires Institutional Agility

African universities should equip their students with a “duality” of knowledges in order to produce a cadre of graduates capable of navigating and transforming the socio-economic systems within which they operate, according to Doyin Atewologun, dean of the Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Read more

Ekiti Varsity Retirees Lament Unpaid Gratuity, Pensions 

The Nigerian Universities’ Pensioners Association (NUPA), Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti chapter, has decried non-payment of 15 years gratuity arrears totalling N1.5 billion. Read more

Experts Harp on Leveraging Technology in Tertiary Institutions 

Education experts including university administrators in Nigeria have been urged to leverage technology by embracing digital learning in order to deepen access to quality tertiary education in Nigeria. Read more

EU-ECOWAS Scholarships Programme on Sustainable Energy

The EU-ECOWAS Scholarship programme provides scholarships for masters’ degrees in the sustainable energy sector at specialised universities in West Africa (Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo) for the benefit of eligible students from ECOWAS member states involved in the energy sector. Read more

FG Drags ASUU to Industrial Court, Says Negotiations Have Failed

The raging dispute between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that has kept many universities shut for more than seven months will shift to the Industrial court next Monday. Read more

FG Orders Immediate Reopening of Varsities

The federal government has ordered vice-chancellors of federal universities across the country to re-open schools and commence lectures with immediate effect. Read more

FG Should Stop Funding Universities

Upper chamber has asked the federal government to have a rethink on funding government owned tertiary Institutions, their salaries as well as recurrent expenditure. Read more

FG Urged to Review Varsity Lecturers Pay

The Pro-Chancellor of Osun State University, Mr. Yusuf Alli (SAN), has called on federal and state governments to conduct an upward review for salaries of lecturers and workers in universities across the country in view of the realities of rising inflation. Read more

FG Urges Students to Apply for UK Scholarships

The Federal Government through the National Universities Commission has called on qualified Nigerians to apply for the Chevening scholarships, an initiative of the government of the United Kingdom. Read more

Gbajabiamila Wants Stringent Conditions for New Universities 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has called for introduction of stringent conditions for establishment of universities in the country, to ensure high standard.Gbajabiamila said this at Wednesday’s plenary in Abuja. Read more

HE in Prisons Still ‘Patchy’ Despite Expansion of E-Learning

The COVD-19 pandemic’s expansion of online learning has created new higher education opportunities to teach Africa’s prison inmates, but even the administrators of some correctional facilities and government officials have been reluctant to take advantage of these options. Read more

How to Undo the Disconnect Between Researchers, Policy-Makers

Environmental scientists in Africa are struggling to get political and social support for their solutions to problems such as the desertification in North Africa and the Sahel region. Read more

Irregular Admission: JAMB, NUC Threaten to Sanction Varsities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and the three regulatory agencies for tertiary education in the country – the National Universities Commission, National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education – have said they will sanction institutions that sell application forms…Read more

It’s Important Universities, Industries Collaborate on Research -Pat Utomi 

A professor of Political Economy and entrepreneurship coach, Patrick Utomi, has harped on universities’ collaboration with the industries in problem-solving researches that can substantially take Nigeria and its people out of poverty. Read more

Katsina Varsity Wins N32m International Research Grant 

The Federal University, Dutsin-ma has won a N32 million research grant from the National Research Foundation, Pretoria, South Africa. The NRF is an agency of the South African Government created to “contribute to National Development by supporting, promoting and advancing research and human capacity development … Read more

Lecturers Fight Court ruling that Ordered them Back to Work

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has appealed and filed a stay of execution of a ruling by Nigeria’s industrial court after it ordered an end to the union’s protracted strike. The judgment, on 22 September, appeared to have worsened the ongoing conflict between the federal government and the dissatisfied union. Read more

Low Fees, Corruption Top Factors Holding Universities Down

University students have been at home for over seven months now and just last Monday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU which has been having a running battle with the Federal Government decided the strike will go on indefinitely. Read more

Mining and Minerals have had Limited Educational Benefits

The story of mineral discoveries and mining in Africa being a social curse for the continent is likely to persist after researchers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank recently found no conclusive evidence of intergenerational mobility into higher education in most African countries and districts where extractions of mineral resources occur. Read more

Nasarawa Varsity Expels Student in Bullying Video 

The Bingham University, Karu, Nasarawa State, says it has expelled a student seen in a viral video bullying another student of the institution in one of its hostels. The video shows a student beating another student in a hostel. Read more

Network Wants to Make Impact by Providing 21st-Century Skills

Academics have stressed the importance of ensuring African graduates secure jobs after their studies, ideally linked to the expertise they have gained during their courses. Read more

Nigerian Minister Summons University Pro Chancellors, VCs Over ASUU Strike 

As a follow-up to his earlier public briefing over the prolonged shutdown of universities, Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has summoned all pro chancellors and vice-chancellors of federal universities in the country. Read more

Oyetola signs Ilesa University Establishment Bill

The Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday, assented to the law seeking to upgrade the Osun State College of Education, Ilesa to a full-fledged University. Read more

Persistent Calls to Boycott Northern Cyprus Universities

Against a backdrop of the allegations of inexplicable deaths of Nigerian students in Northern Cyprus, the Nigerian government has warned its citizens against moving to the south-eastern European island to study at any of its universities. Read more

Polytechnics Need More Electricity than Universities

The outgoing Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Olarenwaju Aluko, has said that polytechnics need more electricity to operate than universities. Read more

Post-Pandemic: Some ‘Forever’ Changes to Higher Education

Since COVID-19 marched across the world disrupting most aspects of life, including higher education, numerous articles have been written detailing the impact of the virus on higher education. Read more

Prof Ogbonna Emerges VC of Enugu Varsity of Medical and Applied Sciences 

Prof James Chukwuma Ogbonna of the Department of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has emerged the vice chancellor of the newly established Enugu State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS), Igbo-Eno. Read more

RMRDC, Unilag Partner to Drive Manufacturing

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) in partnership with the University of Lagos and stakeholders in the manufacturing sector have announced plans to organise the first international additive conference scheduled to hold on 26 and 29 September 2022 in Lagos. Read more 

Sokoto State Varsity Gets New DVCS

The Governing Council of Sokoto State University (SSU) has approved the appointment of two Deputy Vice Chancellors (DVCs), Academic and Administration. Read more

Soludo Seeks TETFund’s Strategic Intervention in States’ Higher Education Institutions 

Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, in the delivery of intervention projects in higher education institutions in the state. Read more

Study Shows Economic Drivers of Voluntary Return among Conflict-Induced Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria

The North-Eastern part of Nigeria, bedeviled by terrorism perpetrated by Boko Haram, is recovering from over a decade of a campaign of terror and insurgency that has witnessed the socioeconomic collapse of the region with millions of internally displaced persons. Read more

UNILAG Hosts 4 W/African Universities in Two-Day Regional Workshop, Plans Stronger Collaborations

University of Lagos (UNILAG) has concluded plans to strengthen collaborations with sister universities in the West African sub-region.The plans formed part of resolutions reached a two-day Regional Stakeholders Impact Workshop, which rounded off at the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Research Centre recently. Read more

UNIZIK Lecturers Reject FG’s Salary Award, Declare Total Strike 

Following the industrial dispute between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), lectures at the Nnamdi Azikwe University Awka, Anambra State, have & declared a total strike. Read more

Value System Failure Requires Drastic Measures…

To help confront the widespread value system failure across Africa, including ethical challenges witnessed in leadership, governance and research, universities have to introduce measures such as establishing directorates of ethics and include ethics in the curriculum to teach students as future leaders the ethical way of doing things. Read more

Varsity Beefs Up Precaution Against Insecurity, Crime

The Abia State University, Uturu has beefed up precautionary measures to protect the university and its environment from insecurity and criminal activities.Vice chancellor of the university, …Read more

VC Urges FG to Upgrade Infrastructure in Tertiary Institutions

Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran, Vice- Chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Ota, has urged the Federal Government to address the challenge of decayed infrastructure in tertiary institutions across the country. Read more

What can be Done About the Growth in Dissertation Mills?

Academic dishonesty is on the rise in universities in Africa – and globally – including dissertation fraud. Read more

Why do Politicians Want to Create More Universities?

Despite the huge shortfall in budgetary allocation and in actual funding for education at both state and federal levels in Nigeria, the proliferation of public universities has continued and has been identified as a setback for the development of the tertiary education sector. Read more

 

31 August 2022

20,000 Direct Jobs Created by Establishment of New Tertiary Institutions

Despite opposition by the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to what they described as proliferation of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the Federal Government has revealed that the establishment of additional universities, … Read more

African Seed Fund for Research and Education Launched by Imperial

Imperial has launched a wide-ranging new seed fund for research and education projects with partners in Africa.The College will provide funding for collaborations with partners at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and members of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). Read more

ASUU Extends Strike by Four Weeks

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended the ongoing strike by another four weeks. ASUU president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed the union’s decision in a press statement on Monday. Read more

ASUU, Federal Govt Meeting Ends in Deadlock

The meeting between the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the federal government has again ended without an agreement.The union met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee yesterday at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, …Read more

ASUU Identifies Two Conditions That’ll End Strike Quickly

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Thursday said the Federal Government could resolve the ongoing strike in one day.National President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, said the Federal Government could resolve the strike if they prioritized the demands of the union. Read more

ASUU Strike: Any End in Sight?

Since February 14, 2022, over six months and counting, the nation’s universities have been under lock and key because of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Strike. Read more

ASUU Strike Enters Six-Month 

The strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in public universities on has entered six-month with no end in sight. ASUU in February 14, 2022 declared industrial action to force the Federal Government to implement its outstanding demands. Read more

ASUU Strike: FG’S Proposal May Lead to Lecturers’ Pay Cut

The offer made by the Federal Government to lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities may lead to a reduction in the salaries of entry level lecturers under the graduate assistant cadre, investigations by Sunday PUNCH have revealed. Read more

Benin Bronzes: Divergent Views on Repatriation of Artefacts

The announcement by the London-based Horniman Museum of the return to Nigeria of 72 artefacts that have been in its collection for about 125 years has spawned divergent responses from experts in the West African country’s academic and cultural communities. Read more

Call to Ban Politicians from Sending Children to Study Abroad

As the strike by Nigeria’s university lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) enters its 186th day on 18 August 2022, stakeholders in the university education sector are intensifying calls for a law to bar political office holders from sending their children to foreign universities. Read more

Crisis Looms as Ekiti Varsity Proscribes ASUU, Others

The management of Ekiti State Government-owned Bamidele Olumilua University of Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti, has proscribed all the staff unions in the institution. Read more

Entrepreneurship Must be Taught in all Disciplines…

Universities in Africa must share the blame for churning out unemployable graduates, hence the growing pressure on them to align what they do more closely with changing labour market needs in which technology and knowledge are some of the key success drivers. Read more

FG hasn’t Informed ASUU of Cash Crunch

Striking Academic Staff Union of Universities has said the government has not at any time indicated that it does not have money to fund the union’s demands and university education. Read more

FG Moves to Reduce Foreign Publications in Higher Institutions

The Federal Government, yesterday, moved to end dominance of foreign publications in the nation’s higher education, even as 10 new textbooks, sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), were launched. Read more

Igbinedion Varsity to Absorb 2,500 Displaced Ukraine Students

Igbinedion University Okada has entered into academic agreement with the V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, to absorb 2, 500 of its students who were displaced by the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. Read more

I Will Not Handover Federal Universities to States; Education will Remain on Concurrent List…

The Atiku Abubakar Media Office has said that Atiku would not handover federal universities to states and that education would remain on concurrent list. This was contained in a statement signed by Paul Ibe, media adviser to Atiku, a copy of which was made available to BusinessDay. Read more

JAMB Opens Up on Cut-Off Point for Admission to Nigerian Universities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has clarified that the recently adopted 140 cut-off mark for admissions to Nigerian universities is not uniform for all the institutions. Read more

Lagos Moves to Checkmate Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institutions

The Lagos State Government on Monday moved to checkmate rising sexual harassment in tertiary institutions in the State. Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada spoke at stakeholders’ meeting on Domestication of Sexual Harassment Policy, … Read more

Lagos Moves to Checkmate Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institutions 

The Lagos State Government on Monday moved to checkmate rising sexual harassment in tertiary institutions in the State. Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Mrs. Cecilia Bolaji Dada spoke at stakeholders’ meeting on Domestication of Sexual Harassment Policy, Read more

LAUTECH Pulls Out of ASUU’s Strike

The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State has pulled out of the six-month-old strike of the Academic Staff Union of Nigeria (ASUU). Read more

Over 200 Young Nigerians Receive European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Postgraduate Scholarships

The European Union has offered postgraduate scholarships to over 200 young Nigerians in top European universities, under its flagship educational programme, Erasmus+. Read more

Pan African University Grows, but Also Faces Challenges

The African Union-run Pan African University (PAU) has been attracting a growing number of postgraduate students since its establishment in 2012, and its research and development thrust has seen the registration of patents, the publication of academic articles and the establishment of innovation and entrepreneurship hubs. Read more

N’Assembly Proposes 63 New Varsities, Others, Experts Kick

No fewer than 63 bills have been tabled before the Senate and the House of Representatives for the creation of new universities, polytechnics, colleges of education since the beginning of shutdown of activities in public tertiary institutions in the country in 2022, … Read more

NCC Commits Over N500m for Research in Nigerian Universities

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has doled out over N500 million to the Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions across the country to facilitate research and innovations to promote developments in the Nigerian telecommunications industry. Read more

NIBIFM Plans Facility Management Programme in Tertiary Institutions

The Nigerian Institution of Builders in Facilities Management said all arrangements had been completed to commence teaching and learning of facilities management in line of building in universities and polytechnics in Nigeria. Read more

NOUN, NUC train 271 VCs in Strategic Planning Newspapers

The National Universities Commission and the National Open University of Nigeria have graduated the fifth set of participants in the series of capacity-building activities to strengthen the implementation of the 2019-2023 Blueprint on the Rapid Revitalisation of University Education in Nigeria. Read more

Pay Rise: FG Excludes State Varsities, ASUU Kicks

The industrial dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities may worsen following the insistence of the Federal Ministry of Education that its proposed agreement with the union will not be binding on state universities. Read more

Research Collaboration Envisages Major Gains in Health Care

Surgical research to support the work done by hospitals, mainly in rural and remote locations, is benefitting from seven research hubs in Africa, Mexico and India that were established during COVID to reduce the risk of infection during operations. Read more

Stakeholders Stand Differently on Lowering of UTME Cut-Off Marks

Stakeholders in the education sector have expressed mixed reactions to the recent lowering of the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) cut-off marks for admission seekers into the tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Read more

Strike: FG Yet to Resolve Contending Issues – ASUU Tells Minister

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Bayero University, Kano, BUK branch has on Tuesday slammed the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu over claims that the Federal Government has resolved the contentious issues except the payment of the six month withheld salaries. Read more

Taraba Varsity to Establish Model Ranch

Prof. Sunday Bako, the Vice-Chancellor of Taraba State University, Jalingo, says the institution will establish an integrated farm that will provide a model ranch operation.Bako gave the indication on Sunday while interacting with journalists in Jalingo. Read more

UI, OAU, FUNAAB Shine in Global Varsity Ranking

The Chairman of Governing Board of Higher Education Observatory for Africa, Emeritus Professor Peter Okebukola, has applauded the efforts of the National Universities Commission in implementing its 2021-2027 strategic plan. Read more

UNESCO Sensitises Ebonyi LGAs on School Health Education

Amanze said the two-year project was a collaborative effort between UNESCO and Peking University (PKU), China  to promote school health education for girls in Africa in the COVID-19 era. Read more

Universities Workers’ Strike: Care-free Attitude of FG Killing Education, Says COEASU

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo chapter has expressed concern over the prolonged five months strike at the nation’s public universities. Read more

Varsity Union Seeks End to AAU Crisis

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has called on the National Universities Commission and the Edo Government to intervene in the lingering industrial crisis at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, in order to reposition the institution for better learning and development. Read more

Youths Stuck as HE Fails to Provide Job-Relevant Skills

The journey from school to well-paying jobs is full of challenges to most young people in 22 countries in Western and Central Africa, as universities and other tertiary education institutions in the region have not been responding quickly to the changing nature of work, according to the World Bank. Read more

 

31 July 2022

Aisha Buhari Foundation Restates Commitment to Tertiary Education Development

Its Founder and Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, made the statement while presenting books and other research materials to the Federal Capital Territory College of Education, Zuba (FCT) Abuja. Read more

ANAN Lays Foundation for Accounting Research Center at Ojukwu Varsity

Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) has laid the foundation of the Accounting Research Center at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam Campus, Anambra State. Read more

ASUU: NUC Seeks VCs’ Support to End Protracted Strike

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities’ Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed, has urged vice chancellors of Nigerian universities to help government in bringing to an end the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

ASUU Replies Buhari, Says “Enough Can’t be Enough” 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comments that “enough is enough” of the ongoing strike by the university lecturers. Read more

ASUU Strike: Group Says Closure of Universities Exposed Students to Social Vices

Worried by the protracted industrial action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a group – the Coalition of Northern Group, Student Wing (CNG -SW) – has lamented that it has exposed students to violence, exploitation, early marriage, sexual abuse and other vices. Read more

ASUU Strike: Stakeholders Express Worry, Want Immediate Resolution

Some stakeholders in the education sector have continued to deep express worry over the lingering crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Brexit, COVID, Ukraine War Drive Student Mobility to France

African countries have become key drivers of student mobility to France, according to datasets published by Campus France, the national agency that promotes French higher education internationally and welcomes foreign students and researchers in the country. Read more

Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK: Covenant University, Maven Williams Services Limited Signs MOU

A director with Maven Williams Services Limited, Mr. Williams Odah, has assured Covenant University that they were all about bringing professionalism to bear on their relationship with the University following the Memorandum of Understanding between both organizations. Read more

Climate-Smart Solutions Can Drive Green Growth in Africa

African countries have a huge responsibility to transform climate change challenges into opportunities to ensure green growth. More can be done using technology, but technology alone cannot deliver sustainable solutions. Read more

Covenant University Wins N75m JAMB Compliance Prize

Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, has emerged the best in compliance with the policy guidelines of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) at the 2020 JAMB National Tertiary Admissions’ Performance-Merit Award (NATAP-M Award). Read more

Enough is Enough, Buhari Tells ASUU

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, lampooned the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, for being adamant and not calling off the lingering strike, saying enough is enough of keeping students at home. Read more

FRSC Advocates Transportation Studies in Tertiary Institutions 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has called for the establishment of School for Transportation Studies in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.The FRSC Sector Commander in Kwara, Mr Fredrick Ogidan, made the appeal while inaugurating… Read more

Gov’t Will Keep Establishing More Schools Despite Paucity of Funds

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Sonny Echono, has said governments at all levels will continue to establish more schools to meet the growing demand occasioned by the increasing population in the country. Read more

Igbinedion Varsity Gets Accreditation for 5 Global IT Academies

Igbinedion University Okada (IUO) said it has gotten accreditation for five different high levels IT academies to provide skills set certification for students. The IT academies are CISCO, HUAWEI, Mikrotik, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. Read more

Impact of Climate Change on Healthcare Needs More Research

A study that mapped and analysed the available literature on the impact of climate change on the provisioning of emergency care in Africa indicated a lack of research, shortages in emergency care and human resources and weak health infrastructure and technology capabilities, among other things. Read more

JAMB Announces 140 as Cut-Off Mark for University Admission

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of tertiary education institutions and other stakeholders in the education sector in the country have announced the minimum cut-off mark for admissions in the 2022/2023 academic session. Read more

JAMB Registrar Condemns ASUU Strike, Donates Medical Equipment’s to UITH, 11 Others

Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has condemned the ongoing industrial strike action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), describing it as unnecessary. Read more

Kaduna State Varsity to Reopen …

The Vice-Chancellor of Kaduna State University (KASU), Professor Abdullahi Ashafa has said the university is set to reopen… Read more 

Kogi Tertiary Institutions Won’t Go on Strike…

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has said that all tertiary institutions of the state will continue to run strike-free academic calendar in conformity with his administration policies. Read more

Kogi Varsity Rector Restates Zero Tolerance for Cultism to Curb insecurity 

The Management of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has restated its commitment to zero tolerance for cultism and other social vices in the institution as part of its measures to curb insecurity within and outside the polytechnic community. Read more

N1.12trn Needed to Pay Proposed ASUU, Varsity Workers’ Wage Increase, FG Reveals

The federal government has said the proposal made by the Prof. Limi Briggs-led Committee in relation to the demands by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other unions in universities would gulp N1.12 trillion to implement. Read more

NDE Trains Varsity, Polytechnic Students on Goat Production 

Dozens of universities and polytechnics students in Plateau state were weekend trained on goat production by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE). The training, according to the scheme, was meant to make the students self-reliant, create wealth and jobs in the various communities. Read more

Nigerian Government Facilitates Students’ Admission Into Local Universities, Polytechnics

The Federal Government has disclosed it is making arrangements to assist the Nigerian students who fled war-torn Ukraine to gain admissions into the nation’s tertiary institutions and continue their education. Read more

Nigerian University Lecturers’ Union, CONUA, Dissociates Self from ASUU Strike

A breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)- Congress of Nigerian University Academics (CONUA), has dissociated itself from the ongoing strike in Nigerian universities. Read more

Nigerian Universities Suffer from Poor Funding

AS public universities in the country have been shut down since February 14 this year due to strike action by staff unions whose demands are mainly financial in nature, unless drastic steps are taken, the issue of poor funding may linger in the sector for a while, findings by Vanguard have revealed. Read more 

NLC Vows to Go Ahead with Nationwide Protest over Closure of Universities

Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed its resolve to hold a two-day national protest to demand the immediate reopening of the country’s public-owned tertiary institutions which had been shut down for five months. Read more

NUPENG Pledges Support for NLC’s Planned Protest Against Shutdown of Nigerian Universities

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has thrown its weight behind a planned protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the ongoing strike by university lecturers under the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Osinbajo Tasks Academics on Reforms in Healthcare, Tertiary Education

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed the need for professors and academics to take keen interest, especially in issues of education and healthcare, exploring options for reform and innovation in human capital development sectors. Read more

Over 200 Illegal Institutions Awarding NCE Without Approval

The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) says it has identified over 200 illegal institutions awarding Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) without approval. Read more

President Gives Minister Two-week Ultimatum to Resolve ASUU Strike

An end may be in sight to the over five-month old strike in Nigerian public universities as President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to resolve the prolonged industrial action embarked upon by the four university-based unions and report back to him within two weeks. Read more

Reconfigure HE for Employable Graduates, Relevant Research

Higher education systems must be rebalanced to produce the skills and knowledge African countries need for their development, according to Peter Materu, chief programme officer for the Mastercard Foundation. Read more

Some Thoughts on How to Confront Bibliometric Coloniality

What challenges do Africa-based journal editors and publishers face? New opportunities have been opened up by digitalisation, online journals and open-source publishing software. Read more

TETFund Trains 35,000 Scholars, Seeks more Universities

No fewer than 35,000 scholars have benefitted from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund training. Read more

UNILORIN, ABU, Covenant Universities Top JAMB’s National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award

The Univerity of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Kwara State, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State and the Covenant University (CU), Ota, Ogun State were among the top-rated tertiary institutions of learning in the 3rd edition (2020) of the National Tertiary Admissions Performance Merit Award (NATAP-M)…Read more

University Campuses Become Battleground in Growing Conflict

Uneasy calm has returned to the University of Buea in the south-west of Cameroon after separatist fighters invaded the institution’s campus on 8 July and disrupted ongoing examinations. Read more

We’ll Call Off Strike Immediately If FG Accepts UTAS, Honour 2009 Agreement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has revealed that salaries of its members have been stopped since the ongoing strike commenced as a result of implementation of ‘no work, no pay’ policy of the Federal Government. Read more

Zamfara State Scholarships Leave Students Stranded

As the summer holidays wind up, the fate of 91 Nigerian students who are studying at the Cyprus International University in Northern Cyprus with Zamfara State scholarships hangs in the balance over outstanding tuition fees. The government of Zamfara State, one of Nigeria’s 36 states, has offered the scholarships to students. Read more

 

30 June 2022

7th ACE Impact Regional Workshop Officially Opened…

Professor Mrs. Eléonore Yayi Ladekan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Benin officially opened the seventh regional workshop of the Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project (ACE Impact) at Palais des Congre in Cotonou Benin on the 14th June 2022. Read more

153 Universities’ Repository Hosts Over 2 Million Open Educational Resources…

The Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, (NUC), Prof Abubakar Rasheed, has disclosed that its Open Educational Resources, (OER), repository established in 2017, currently has over two million OERs in the form of courseware, lecture notes, textbooks, …Read more

2022 Career, Education Fair: Multinationals, Corporate Bodies Seek Covenant Graduates

It was a beehive of activities as Covenant University’s Students’ Engagement and Activities Development (SEALD) unit, in a bid to position graduates of the University at the forefront of employers’ choice, organized the 2022 International Education and Career Fair with the theme ‘Scaling Up.’ Read more

2023 UTME: Oloyede Tasks Tertiary Institutions on Credible Admission

Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ish’aq Oloyede, has called on heads of higher institutions in the country to ensure that their admission process is credible and the results valid. Read more

A’Ibom Govt to Institute Tertiary Scholarship Scheme for Indigent Students

Akwa Ibom State Government has made public its plan to institute a Tertiary Scholarship Scheme for 500 intelligent but indigent undergraduate students of the state, studying in Public Tertiary Institutions in the country. Read more

ASUU Expresses Concern Over Threats, Intimidation by Varsity Management 

The Kano Zone of ASUU on Tuesday expressed concern over alleged intimidation and threats against some of its officials by the management of the Kaduna State University (KASU). Read more

ASUU Strike: Makinde Withholds LAUTECH Subvention 

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said he is withholding the subvention of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, until the institution’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspends its ongoing strike. Read more

Buhari Hails Afe Babalola University for Ranking 400th Best Globally

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, for ranking as the best in Nigeria. The ranking institution, the Times Higher Education World Rankings, also ranked ABUAD as the 400th best in the world. Read more

Bill to End Degree-Diploma Dichotomy Still Without Signature

June 2022 makes it a year since the Nigerian Senate passed a bill to end the age-long dichotomy between the bachelor degree and the Higher National Diploma (HND), but President Muhammadu Buhari has yet to take a stand. Read more

COEASU Demands Adeyemi Varsity Take-off, VC Appointment

The College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) Adeyemi College of Education chapter in Ondo, Ondo State, has demanded the immediate operation of the institution’s new university status. Read more

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture of Varsity, Property Linked to Ex-DFA 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, ordered the interim forfeiture of every asset of NOK University based in Kaduna and other property linked to a former Director of Finance in the Ministry of Health, Anthony Hassan. Read more

Covenant Graduate Student Comes Top in Students’ Debate Competition

A Postgraduate student, Prince Akachukwu, of Department of Biochemistry, Covenant University, came tops at the Students’ Debate Competition at the 4th Annual Conference of Society of Testing Laboratory Analysts of Nigeria… Read more

Covenant Hosts First Writers Conference, Wins Prizes

The Covenant University Literary and Debating Society (CULDS) recently hosted her first Writers Conference.  The event attracted about one hundred and sixty-eight participants both within Covenant University and other neighboring institutions who submitted about 40 proses of 1500 words and poems of forty, lines for the competition. Read more

Delta Varsity Dismisses Two Lecturers for Alleged Fraud

The Governing Council of the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, has dismissed two lecturers of the institution for alleged academic fraud. The university disclosed this in a statement published in its official bulletin and made available to journalists… Read more

Edo Suspends ASUU, SSANU, Other Unions

The Edo State government on Wednesday suspended all union activities, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU), across all state-owned institutions of higher learning. Read more

Embrace, Invest in Digital Technology, Former Registrar Urges Nigerian Universities

A former Registrar of Ekiti State University, and former Chairman, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU), Dr Omojola Awosusi, has called on Nigerian universities to embrace and invest in digital technology, …Read more

Expert Enlightens Students on Digital Marketing Strategies

A Digital Marketing Guru, Mr. Gbenga Victor Jolaoso, has posited that Digital Marketing Management is anchored on Building a Brand’s Online Identity, Content Development and Strategy, Engagement Strategy, Visual Design Strategy, and the Ability to Measure and Analyse to Establish Return on Investment (ROI). Read more

Federal University Lokoja, ISMMN, Signs MoU on Diploma, Certificate Courses

The Federal University Lokoja, Institute of Sales and Marketing Management of Nigeria (ISMMN) and Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities Projects Associates Limited of Professional Training and Certification have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on educational partnership. Read more

FG Threatens to Withdraw Licenses of Substandard Universities, Colleges, Others 

The Federal Government, on Friday, threatened to withdraw licenses of Universities, Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and other tertiary institutions operating below prescribed standards by law. Read more

Final Day of the IOFs Sigh-Level Forum Culminated in the Almaty Declaration

Islamic Organization for Food security concluded two-day Food security Forum. The High-level Forum attracts ministers, decision-makers, opinion-leaders, leading scientific experts and participants of agro-industrial sectors to discuss a wide range of issues in nutrition and Food Safety correlation. Read more

Govt Receives White Papers on Visitation Panels to 82 Tertiary Institutions

Nigeria’s minister of education, Adamu Adamu, has received the drafted white papers from the 21 white paper drafting panels constituted by the government in March. Read more

HEOFA Hails NUC on Reforms, New Curriculum for Universities 

The Higher Education Observatory for Africa, HEOFA, has applauded the efforts of the National Universities Commission, NUC, in the ongoing reforms in the Nigeria university system, aimed at producing quality graduates that will be globally competitive. Read more

JAMB Cautions Tertiary Institutions Against Change of Courses for Candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday said the transfer of candidates from one programme to another in any tertiary institution can only be affected with the consent of the candidates concerned. Read more

JAMB Releases Cut-Off Marks for Universities, Polytechnics, Others 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the cut-off marks for universities, polytechnics and other institutions for the recently concluded 2022 University, Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Below are the cut-off marks. Read more

Kano Varsity Establishes Research Laboratory for Cervical Cancer Screening

Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSUK), has established a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) DNA Modular Research Laboratory for screening of cervical cancer in women. Read more

LASU Gets NUC Full Accreditation for 31 Courses

National Universities Commission, NUC, has approved 31 out of 37 courses presented to it by the Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, for accreditation. 31 of those courses, it was gathered represented 96.0 per cent got NUC full accreditation status. Read more

Laurels for Lagos Business School 

The Financial Times recently named Lagos Business School (LBS) as one of the top global business schools in its Executive Education 2022 ranking. Lagos Business School’s custom executive education was ranked number one in Africa and among the top 50 in the world by the Financial Times (FT). Read more

Marshalling the Diaspora: Ethiopia’s ‘Unsung Model’

Ethiopia has a unique ‘model’ of deploying its intellectual diaspora – academics, researchers and high-level professionals – by integrating their competence, experience, knowledge and networks to help resolve societal questions in their home countries and advance knowledge-generation. Read more

Medical Council Bans Certificates from Ukrainian Universities

In a decision that has hit many students badly, the Nigerian medical regulatory body has announced that it will not recognise medical and dental degree certificates issued by Ukrainian universities from 2022. Read more

Molecular Research Could Help Nigeria Solve a Host of Health Problems

Our world and everything in it is made up of innumerable tiny molecules. These molecules are the smallest units of chemical compounds or living things. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, plants, animals, humans: each organism is underpinned by molecules. Read more

Nigerians are Spending Vast Amounts on Studies Abroad

A full nine out of every 10 Nigerian students are currently seeking opportunities to study abroad. Read more

Nigerians Fleeing Ukraine Offered Admission By Bulgarian Universities… 

Bulgarian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Yanko Yardonov, has said that Bulgarian universities are offering admission to Nigerian students whose academic pursuits in Ukraine were cut short by Russia’s invasion. Read more

NUC Demands List of Profs from VCs

The National Universities Commission has directed university vice-chancellors to compile a comprehensive list of full professors in their respective institutions. The commission asked the VCs to forward the list which must include the names of the professors, department, year of professorship, and area of specialisation. Read more

NUC Warehouses 2m Repository of Resources for Varsities

No fewer than two million resources deposited in form of courseware, lecture notes, textbooks, videos, maps, podcasts as well as conference presentations and journals are currently being warehoused as repositories for Nigerian Universities. Read more

Open University Targets 1m Students Enrollment

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) on Thursday disclosed that it would meet the one million-enrollment target for students set by the Federal Government. Read more

Petition Wants More Study Support for War-Affected Africans

Amid the ongoing Russian destruction and violence in Ukraine, many international students who fled the war are still trying to find ways to continue their studies. A petition calling for more support for African students has generated almost 30,000 signatures. Read more

Police, Military Central in State Assaults on Students

Of 28 profiled countries in Education Under Attack 2022, half are in Africa. The highest number of incidents on the continent were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali. The study reports more than 5,000 attacks on education facilities, students and educators, or military incidents, globally in the past two years. Read more

Post-Study Work Opportunities Drive Student Mobility

The long-time attraction of international students from Sub-Saharan Africa to quality universities in European Union member states and their counterparts in the United States and Canada includes an appetite for getting jobs in host countries, according to ICEF Monitor, a market intelligence firm for international student recruitment. Read more

Questions About Nigeria’s Faltering Colleges of Education

Initiated in the 1960s to address the dearth of qualified teachers in primary schools, Nigeria’s colleges of education have, for decades, been systematically plugging the gap. However, in recent years, these tertiary institutions have been faltering. Read more

Sexual Misconduct: OAU, UNIABUJA Dismiss Four profs, 14 others 

No fewer than 18 lecturers in the nation’s tertiary institutions have been indicted and dismissed over sexual misconduct in one year, analysis of media reports by The PUNCH has revealed.

Shock after Nigeria medical watchdog bans Ukraine degrees

In a shock announcement, Nigeria’s Medical and Dental Council said it will not recognize degrees from Ukrainian universities obtained since the start of the country’s war with Russia. Read more

Strike: UTAS Undergoing Fresh Tests – ASUU 

The striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is undergoing another round of tests by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Read more

Students’ ‘Plogging’ Movement Fights Plastic Pollution

A group of volunteers who decided to commemorate World Environment Day in 2018 through ‘plogging’ – exercising while you are picking up waste – have seen the creation of environmental clubs across 22 higher education campuses in Nigeria to tackle plastic pollution and its negative impacts. Read more

Students Challenged to Emerge Change Agents, Solution Providers, Develop Capacity for the Future

Covenant University recently hosted the globally renowned interactive talk platform, TEDx, with notable speakers and social enthusiasts presenting great and well-informed ideas with the aim of provoking social and developmental change amongst youths. Read more

Sustainability Research Needs Applied and Social Sciences

There is a need for dialogue between mainstream applied sciences on the one hand and the social sciences and humanities on the other if sustainability research is to come up with solutions to inspire the behavioural change needed to build future sustainable societies. Read more

Team Uganda, Nigeria Winners of Global ICT Competition

Teams from Uganda and Nigeria emerged winners of the recently concluded Huawei Global ICT Competition. The 2021-2022 ICT Competition Awards and closing ceremonies were held in Shenzhen, China… Read more

Terror Groups Often Behind Attacks on Education Sector

Most governments in Africa have been unable to shield schools, universities, students, teachers and academics within their borders from attacks by terrorist organisations and other non-state armed groups, according to findings from the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). Read more

TETFund: COHEADS Demands Review Of Sharing Formula In Favour Of Polytechnics

The Chairman, Council of Heads of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COHEADS), Dr Akinkurolere Olanike, has appealed to the Board of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), to review the formula for allocation of regular intervention to beneficiary institutions in favour of Polytechnics. Read more

TETFund Projects in Benue Varsity Hit N7bn, Says Pro-Chancellor 

Chairman of Governing Council and Pro-Chancellor of the Benue State University, Sebastine Hon, SAN, has appreciated the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for their support to the University over the years. Read more

Ugandan Epidemiologist Appointed to UN University Council

Dr Catherine Kyobutungi is a Ugandan epidemiologist who mainly works in healthcare systems research and capacity-building. She began her career journey as a medical officer in rural Uganda before becoming a lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Read more

UNICAL Plans Domestication of National Gender Policy

Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, weekend revealed that the institution was set to domestic the revised National Gender Policy to promote gender equality in the institution. Read more

UNILAG, European Universities Institute ‘Partnership for Change’

Green energy, artificial intelligence, medical interventions and entrepreneurial innovations, especially in the fintech sector, are some of the targets of a new partnership between the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, and some European counterparts. Read more

University Workers’ Strike: President Buhari to Receive Negotiation Update …

President Muhammadu Buhari will be briefed on the state of negotiations between the government and striking university workers on or before Wednesday, Nigeria’s labour ministry has said. Read more

VCs’ Anti-Plagiarism Efforts Lead to New Integrity Tool

As far back as 1987, Professor Yakubu Ochefu, the secretary-general of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, realised that plagiarism was a plague that would affect academia for a very long time to come. Read more

‘We are Stuck’: Months of University Strikes Leave Young Nigerians’ Lives on Hold

Before February, Khalil Rahman Abdullah would start his day with morning prayers before racing off to classes at the University of Ilorin, where he is a final-year medical student. Read more

 

31 May 2022

ABUAD Ranked Best University in Nigeria 

The highly reliable and trusted Times Higher Education Impact Rankings has ranked the 12-year-old Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, as the Best University in Nigeria and one of the best 400 in the world. Read more

ACEDHARS Trains over 162 Health Practitioners

The African Center of Excellence for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Development and Regulatory Science (ACEDHARS) at Lagos University in Nigeria in collaboration with the Traditional Complementary Medicine Unite at the Ministry of Health and the School of Pharmacy here has ended five days of training on Toxicological Evaluation of Herbal Product for over 162 professional health workers and traditional healers in Liberia. Read more

African researchers invited to apply for JWO Research Grant 

African researchers are invited to apply for this year’s Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant, for projects with a focus on the preservation of Africa’s natural environment.The winning project will receive $150 000 in funding support. Read  more

Air Force Personnel Drills CU Students on Career Prospects in the Military

Senior military personnel has stated that choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you will make in life. This is because a career is a person’s course of progress through life or a distinct portion of life. Read more

ASUU Extends Strike by Another Three Months

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has extended its ongoing industrial action by another three months. The decision was announced earlier today after its National Executive Council meeting. Read more

ASUU Gives Update on Strike After Nigerian Government’s Payment of Arrears

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has insisted that its members won’t resume work despite the Federal Government’s payment of minimum wage arrears.This [was contained in a circular by the University of Lagos branch of the union titled, ‘Payment of minimum wage arrears’. Read more

ASUU, Polytechnic Lecturers, Others to Get N34bn Minimum Wage Arrears …

The Federal Government says it will spend about N34 billion as arrears of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the education sector effective from 2019. Read more

ASUU Sympathises with Varsity Students Over Prolonged Strike

The National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has sympathised with university students over the prolonged strike by the Union. Read more

Bauchi Tertiary Institutions’ Workers Lament Poor Working Conditions 

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the academic and non-academic staff unions of Bauchi State Tertiary institutions has decried poor working conditions by its members necessitated by the non-implementation of promotions, yearly increments, among others. Read more

Buhari Approves Funds for Tertiary Institutions Amid ASUU Strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the 2022 disbursement proposals and guidelines for public higher institutions across the country. Read more

Buhari Begs ASUU to Consider Students, Call Off Strike

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to consider the plight of students and call off their ongoing strike. Read more

‘Burnout is a Real Phenomenon for African Professors’

Governments and universities in Africa must do more and join forces to create conducive academic and professional environments with conditions of service that will enable university professors to do their work and enhance their contributions to knowledge production. Read more

Centres to Help Raise Generation of Digitally Savvy Leaders

The digital revolution has transformed labour skills market demands, compounding Africa’s pre-existing skills mismatch. Given the changing dynamics, acquiring skills in information and communications technology (ICT) has become critical for graduates. Read more

Competing for talent on the battlefield of the Global South

The European Commission’s new immigration policy is proposing legal skilled labour immigration from Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia through so-called ‘Talent Partnerships’. Read more

CU Alumnus Motivates Students with Personal Career Journey

An alumnus of Covenant University, Mr. Damilare Akinyera, has posited that a person’s network is their net worth; this, he said, is because a person’s network is a representation of them. Read more

Egypt Leads Research Field for the Second Year Running

For the second year running, researchers and academics in Egypt have published more peer-reviewed journal articles than their peers in other countries in Africa, according to 2021’s datasets from SCImago Journal & Country Rank, an online platform with some of the world’s most comprehensive citation and abstract databases of global journal research output. Read more

Embed Art in Local Cultures to Guard Against Foreign Sway

African artistic expression should be deeply rooted in local cultures and ought to reflect local cultural realities and context, targeting the African market first. In this way, domination by Western culture and globalisation, which have been spreading fast around the world, influencing every form of cultural expression, could be avoided. Read more

Expert Gives Career Guidance to CU Students

A Medical Physicist, Mr. Omuvwie Bernard Evwierhurhoma, has defined Medical Physics as the application of the concepts and methods of physics in medicine to the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases; … Read more

Female Student Killed After ‘Blasphemy’ on WhatsApp Group

The killing of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, Nigeria, by an angry mob of Muslim students for alleged blasphemy has sparked nationwide outrage. Read more

Franklin University, Covenant University Talks Robust Partnership

The Vice President for Academic Quality and Planning at Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America, Professor Patrick Bennett, has commended the leadership of Covenant University for its astute and pragmatic approach to driving excellence academically. Read more

Kano Names State Varsity After Dangote

The Kano State Government has approved the renaming of Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil.The State Executive Council approved the renaming at its last sitting presided over by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Read more

Kogi Varsity Matriculates 6,470, Warns Against Cultism, Others

The authorities of the Prince Abubakar Audu University (PAU), Anyigba, in Kogi State, has warned against cultism, rape, extortion and other social vices as it matriculated 6,470 students for the 2021/2022 academic session. Read more

Funders Opt for Sport, Music, Entertainment, not HE – Experts

The future and survival of higher education in Africa will depend greatly on how universities across the continent will be able to integrate traditional forms of funding with emerging new sources of income, according to the Accra-based Association of African Universities (AAU). Read more

How to Set Up an Institutional Repository for Data-Sharing

Only 24 African countries, out of 54, have institutional repositories, according to the Directory of Open Access Repositories.Recent studies and academic contributions on institutional repositories in Africa show that, of the few repositories currently on the continent, many are not up to standard. Read more

LASU Aims to Become Best Varsity in West-Africa

The Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, says one of the set goals of the institution is to become the best university in West Africa. Read more

Moonlighting: Is it Destroying Nigeria’s Universities?

In 1999, when the first private universities were established in Nigeria, the aim was to bolster university education and improve access for many students. Read more

NANS Issues FG, ASUU Nine-Day Ultimatum to Open Public Universities 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), South East, has issued the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) nine-day ultimatum to open all public universities. Read more

New Sokoto State Varsity VC Assumes Duty 

Sokoto May 5, 2022 Prof. Bashir Garba, the newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of the Sokoto State University, has officially assumed duty at the institution.Garba, a former Secretary to the Sokoto State Government (SSG), took over from Prof. Sani Dangoggo at a brief ceremony… Read more

New UK Work Visa Bound to Exclude Graduates from Africa

Graduates from African universities will not be eligible for the United Kingdom’s High Potential Individual (HPI) visa aimed at attracting highly skilled graduates from non-UK universities to work in various fields, including science, technology and entrepreneurship in the country. Read more

No Discrimination in LASU Certificate -Ptof. Olatunji-Bello

The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, on Tuesday disclosed that there is no discrimination in the certificates issued to graduates of the institution at the end of their academic programmes.. Read more

No-Work-No-Pay: FG’s Ploy to Make Lecturers Hungry – ASUU

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has said Federal Government has used the no-work-no-pay policy as a ploy to make lecturers go hungry, and force them to resume work. Read more

NUC Gives Provisional Licences to 12 New Private Universities 

The National Universities Commission, (NUC) on Thursday, presented provisional licences to 12 new private universities.The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu presented the licences to each proprietor of the universities in Abuja. Read more

NUC Presents Provisional Licences to 12 New Private Universities 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has presented provisional licences to 12 new private universities, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, presented the licences to each proprietor of the universities in Abuja… Read more

Ondo to Curb Gender-Vased violence in Tertiary Institutions 

Ondo State Government yesterday signed a partnership agreement with a non-governmental organisation, the Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI), to end gender-based violence and sexual assault in the state-owned tertiary institutions. Read more

Our Tertiary Institutions Bedeviled by Corruption

Executive Secretary, Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, says higher institutions in the country are bedeviled by corruption.

Oyo Varsity Students Protest, Demand End to Lingering ASUU Strike

University students across Oyo State are protesting over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Polytechnic Not Inferior to Varsity Education

The former Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, has said that polytechnic education is not inferior to university education but both are good for national development. Read more

Private Network Impacts SDGs, Including Poverty Alleviation

A network of 15 private institutions spread across 10 countries in four regions in North, West, Central and Southern Africa, aims to train an additional 100,000 students over five years – up from its current 61,000. Read more

Students urge Buhari to Address Ongoing Industrial Action in Universities

National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and other students’ groups, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and address the ongoing industrial action in the nation’s universities. Read more

Students Plant 10,000 Trees to Help Fight Climate Change

When Sodiq Yusuf was accepted at Osun State University in south-western Nigeria, he only thought of pursuing a degree in linguistics and communication studies. He never knew the university would demand more. Read more

Students Protest Continued Closure of Universities 

A coalition of youths and students drawn from different tertiary institutions yesterday took to the streets of some major towns in the country to protest the continued closure of public universities due to strike by staff unions. Read more

Ten (10) RUFORUM Member Universities ranked among 1,406 universities …

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) strives to support its member universities to deliver quality education through cutting edge research, innovation and academic mobility to enable them rank higher globally. Read more

TETFund Gives Breakdown of Sum Allocated to Tertiary Institutions 

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Arch. Sunday Echono, has said each University will get the sum of N642,848,138.00, while N396,780,086.00 goes to each Polytechnic and N447,758,804.00 to each College of Education in the approved 2022 interventions .., Read more

TETFund Gives Tertiary Institutions Power to Terminate, Sanction Erring Contractors 

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), has said it has recommended termination of contracts and sanctions for erring contractors handling projects in tertiary institutions benefiting from its interventions.Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, made this known in Abuja… Read more

TETFund Helping Tertiary Institutions to Produce Global Graduates

The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Sunny Echono, said the organisation is transforming tertiary institutions in the country to produce graduates that can be globally competitive with the necessary skills and innovation. Read more

There Are 20 Illegal Tertiary Institutions in Ankpa Community …

Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones has said that there are 20 illegal tertiary institutions in the Ankpa community without accreditation. Read more

UNICAL Hosts African Universities on Online Teaching, Quality Assurance

The University of Calabar, UNICAL, in Collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU) is jointly hosting a 3-day workshop in Calabar on Quality Assurance and Online Teaching. Read more

University, Farmers Join Forces on ‘Hunger Breaker’

Many local farmers in Benue in North Central Nigeria are leveraging interventions of a federal university of agriculture in the state to tackle rising hunger in the country. This is in line with many universities in Africa’s efforts to try to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2). Read more

US Varsity, UI Begin Research on Preservation of Fish, Tomato

Academics from the Michigan State University, United States of America, the University of Ibadan (UI), the Oyo State Government and the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, have commenced research on modern ways of preserving perishable foods, especially fish, vegetable and other consumables. Read more

UWC Provides Continental Support for Covid-19 Surveillance 

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), through its Pathogen Genomics Initiative (Africa PGI), has supported African countries during the past two years in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Varsity Workers Declare Total Strike Over Salary Stoppage 

A section of the striking non-academic staff of Nigerian universities workers have declared “No pay, no work” policy as the federal government tightens the noose on them. Read more

Vice-Chancellors Decry Low Carrying Capacity for Medical Education in Universities  

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has disclosed that it is partnering with some universities in Egypt to initiate medical mobility exchange programmes…

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UNIOSUN Won’t Join ASUU Strike, Says Varsity

The Management of the Osun State University has declared that the school has no intention of joining the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Read more

We Don’t Know Why ASUU is on Strike, State Universities Joined – FG

The Federal Government has said that it does not know why the Academic Staff Union of Universities is on strike and why state universities joined the action. Read more

We Have Deployed Facilities to Boost Academics

The Vice Chancellor of the Kogi State-owned Prince Abubakar Audu University (PAAU), Anyigba, Professor Marietu Ohunene Tenuche, has said the institution has deployed adequate facilities that will propel students to greater heights and compete favourably with their peers in other universities. Read more

Why Fine Art Education is Struggling and Needs an Overhaul

Poor facilities for teaching art, the unavailability of materials, outdated and poor curricula as well as inadequate funding are some problems confronting the Nigerian fine arts education system. Read more

 

30 April 2022

3 African Institutions Partner to Use Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Climate Change

The project is intended to create and strengthen the interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and institutions in helping fulfil the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action innovation. Read more

Academy of Medicine Specialties Seeks University Autonomy 

The Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria has called for true university autonomy in the country so that universities can genuinely fund themselves without necessarily living off the Federal or State governments. Read more

‘African Universities Should Differentiate Their Missions Clearly’

The notion that there is a single ideal university must be resisted in favour of one that values a plurality of institutional types and promotes intentional differentiation in national higher education systems… Read more

Appeal Court Reinstates 86 Sacked Ekiti Varsity Employees 

The Court of Appeal in Ado-Ekiti on Monday upheld the judgment of the lower court and reinstated 86 employees of Ekiti State University (EKSU) whose appointments were terminated. Read more

ASUU Insists on Implementation of Renegotiated 2009 Agreement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abuja zone, has said there would be no resumption in public universities until renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed, implemented and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) deployed. Read more

ASUU Strike: Abia Varsity Students Berate FG Over Lingering Crisis 

The students of the Michael Okpara University Of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, have berated the Federal Government over her failure to proffer a lasting solution to its lingering crisis with the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Read more

Buhari’ll Continue to Invest in Tertiary Institutions, Says Osinbajo 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Thursday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s regime would continue to invest in the nation’s tertiary institutions to achieve greater results. Read more

CBN Grant: 30 Tertiary Institutions Compete for N950m 

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has shortlisted 30 tertiary institutions across the country to participate in its Maiden Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES). Read more

Court Orders Bayelsa Govt to Reinstate 800 Sacked Tertiary Institutions Workers 

A National Industrial Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has ordered the immediate reinstatement of employees under the Niger Delta University, NDU… Read more

Covenant University, Fidson Healthcare, Ado-Odo/Ota Partner to Stem the Menace of Malaria

Professor Olasehinde said the development of new drugs and vaccines for treatment and prevention, new diagnostic test methods (simple noninvasive methods, e.g., diagnosis from urine, saliva, and sweat), innovative insecticide-treated materials and revised systems for delivering and evaluating malaria control should be embraced. Read more

Crisis Rocks Edo Varsity’s Cooperative Society, Others

Edo State Government-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma Cooperative Society and others in the 18 local governments are in financial crisis.This followed non-remittance of the deducted millions of naira meant for the cooperative societies by the management. Read more

Elizade Varsity has Full Accreditation

Elizade University in Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State has recorded yet another landmark, scoring 100% in the accreditation conducted by the National Universities Commission in December 2021. Read more

Failing Tertiary Education: Nigerians Spend N1.6trn Annually on Tuition Abroad

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has revealed that Nigerian citizens spend about N1.6 trillion yearly in paying tuition fees abroad… Read more

FG Approves 12 New Private Universities

The Federal Government has approved the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of 12 private universities across the country. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Communication made this known after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja. Read more

How Can Universities Teach Society’s Most Pressing Problems?

Contrary to popular belief, our universities cannot solve all society’s problems or even teach about them. Every society contains many knowledge centres – domestic, public, private, industrial, and so forth. We belong to the higher education cluster, and we cannot perform the tasks allocated to other sectors, such as primary and secondary. Read more

Lecturers Say Government Inaction is Killing Education

As Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) insists on the implementation of a 2020 agreement between it and the federal government to address some longstanding grievances, its members have shared woeful tales about their working conditions to explain why they are resorting to labour action – again. Read more

Lecturer Shortage Leaves Ogongo Students in Limbo

Students at the University of Namibia’s Ogongo Campus are devastated as months and sometimes years pass with no lecturers for some subjects on campus. Some have failed and lost out on funding, while others are frustrated. Read more

Maritime Varsity Seeks Collaboration with NDA

The Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, Delta, is seeking collaboration with the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in areas of research and manpower development. Read more

NCC Awards N233 Million Research Grants to Nigerian Universities 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has awarded fresh research grants and endowed professorial chairs in some Nigerian universities in the sum of N233 million.From the total sum, N172.5 million was awarded to support 13 proposals found to have met NCC’s criteria for telecommunications-based research. Read more

Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Police Get Operational Vehicles from Covenant University…

In a bid to strengthen and support the good works of security agencies in the community, the proprietor-base of Covenant University, Living Faith Church Worldwide, and the University Management have donated two operational Toyota Hilux vans to the Nigerian Navy and the Area Command… Read more

Nigerian Varsity Librarians to Enjoy Uniform Career Progression

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Abubakar Adamu Rasheed has said in line with global best practices, Nigerian Librarians would no longer witness haphazard and fragmented treatment in career progression. Read more

Ogun Students Task Govt on Cult Clashes

Students of tertiary institutions in Ogun State have called on Governor Dapo Abiodun and all the security agencies to urgently tackle the incessant cult slashes which had led to loss of many lives in the state before it spread to tertiary institutions. Read more

Oyetola Upgrades Ilesa College of Education to Varsity

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has announced upgrade of the State College of Education, Ilesa to a full-fledged university. Read more

Professor Iyoha Seeks Spiritualization of Accounting Practice

Though Spirituality is a word we do not always think or talk about in the context of accounting practice, it nonetheless holds a great potential to build ethical consciousness and actions into the accounting profession and humanize the practice, a Professor of Accounting, Francis Iyoha, has declared. Read more

Senate Passes Bill to Establish University of Medical Sciences in Six Geopolitical Zones 

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a bill seeking to establish a Federal University of Medical Sciences and Biomedical Technology in each of the six geo-political zones in the country. Read more

Social Advocate Enjoins Youths to Develop Interest in Governance

A Social Advocate, Miss Davina Ezenagu has posited that youths must develop interest in governance at all levels in other to simulate ways to positively affect their communities, and eschew nonchalance in relation to electoral matters and youth participation in politics. Read more

TETFund, Pan African University to Collaborate on African Union Agenda 

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, is to collaborate with the Pan African University to raise up the African Union, AU agenda. Read more

The Impact Rankings 2022 – 80 African Universities Rate Highly

There are 80 African universities in 10 countries featured in the Impact Rankings 2022 produced by Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Read more

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Transportation Varsity Begins Academic Activities in 5 Months, Says Amaechi 

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State, currently under construction, will be ready by September 2022. Read more

 

31 March 2022

26th NUGA Games begins at the University of Lagos

Over 10,000 athletes and officials will gather at the University of Lagos to compete for honours as the University of Port Harcourt seeks to defend the title won in 2017. Read more

‘200 Universities Not Enough for Nigeria’ 

The over 200 universities in Nigeria cannot be enough for the high demand for tertiary education and the huge population of the country, especially considering the population in the next 20 years. Read more

After a Golden Age of Higher Education Growth, What Next?

The phenomenal growth of universities in the Global South began to shudder to a halt in 2013, new research into world higher education has revealed. Declining spending in China and a collapse in oil prices were primary reasons. Higher education’s halcyon days were over. Read more

APCON, NIPR Leadership Commends Covenant University Teaching Model

The Registrars of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) have commended the management of Covenant University and the Department of Mass Communication for the quality academic resources injected into the programme. Read more

ASUU Holds NEC Meeting to Decide on Strike 

The National Executive Council, NEC, of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will hold its meeting on Sunday in Abuja to decide the next line of action as its four-week warning strike comes to an end on Monday. Read more

ASUU Insists UTAS Payment Platform Didn’t Fail Integrity Test 

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) did not fail an integrity test.The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) conducted the test on the payment platform. Read more

ASUU Strike: DELSU Orders Students Back to Campus

The Delta State University (DELSU) at Abraka has directed its workers and students to immediately return to campus for full academic activities.This was contained in a circular last night by the institution’s Public Relations Officer Eddy Agbure. Read more

ASUU Strike: Varsity Education Sinking, Stakeholders Warn 

As university students await return of academic activities after severe disruption as a result of last month’s warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), stakeholders have warned that continued shut down of schools might further destroy the already battered tertiary education system… Read more

ASUU Urged to Seek Alternative Ways to Vent Grievances 

The Conference of Pro-Chancellors of State-Owned Universities in Nigeria (COPSUN) on Thursday advised the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to explore alternative ways of venting grievances in all its agitation. Read more

Bukavu Youth Agripreneurs (BYA)

Bukavu Youth Agripreneurs enterprise was started by graduates from different universities and academic disciplines. The enterprise is located in Bukavu City, South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read more

CIBN Bankers Hall Project in Rivers State University

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria has reiterated its resolve to strengthen banking and finance education in the country through the injection of professionalism into the teaching and learning of the course. Read more

CIBN Commences Construction of Bankers Hall at Rivers State University –

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has reiterated its resolve to strengthen the banking and finance education in the country through the infusion of professional elements into the teaching and learning of the course for the enhancement of the profession. Read more

Continent-Relevant Solutions Needed to Improve Use of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been identified globally as one of the biggest phenomena of the 21st century and a powerful tool in combating some of the debilitating effects of climate variability and change. Read more

Crisis’ll End When Varsities Negotiate Wages with Employees

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Osun State University, Yusuf Ali, on Thursday said crises in the nation’s universities would end when each institution had the opportunity to negotiate wages with its workers. Read more

Departure Speech to the UI Delegates to the 2022 NUGA Games

No one gets selected for this kind of task while lying down and sleeping, or whiling away time pressing smart phones. All of you who got selected have worked very hard physically, socially and also mentally. Read more

Despite Falsifying His Age, LASU Makes Okebukola, Ex-NUC Boss… 

The Lagos State University, (LASU) is going ahead with its plan to make a professor whose internal documents obtained by this newspaper showed falsified his age multiple times to manipulate the system and extend his years of service, the first emeritus professor at the university. Read more

Echono Takes Over TETFund, Says Education Needs Massive Investment

The newly appointed Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Arc. Sonny Echono, has said that the Nigerian education system requires massive investment to prepare it for global competitiveness. Read more

Group Kicks Against Multi-Campus System in Edo Varsity

A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Edo-Okpa Unity Forum, has kicked against plans by the Edo State Government to convert Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, to a multi-campus institution. Read more

Humanitarian Studies Programmes in Short Supply in Africa

African universities are lagging behind in their offerings of a general masters in humanitarian studies qualification, which impedes the development of a professionalised workforce to deal with events on the continent requiring humanitarian interventions. Read more

Hybrid Learning Stokes Fears About Quality of Degrees

Universities in Nigeria that adopted hybrid learning as an emergency measure when COVID-19 hit two years ago have been encouraged to fully and permanently integrate it into their teaching and learning, but education experts and students alike have concerns over quality aspects. Read more

Imo Assembly Wants Tertiary Institutions to Fasten Issuance of Certificates to Graduates

The Imo State House of Assembly yesterday moved a motion urging the tertiary institutions operating in the state, to quicken the process of issuance of statements of results and school certificates to graduates from their schools. Read more

‘Improved, Accessible Tertiary Education Will Aid Progress on SDGs’ 

The Chancellor of Southwestern University, Okun Owa, Ogun State, Engineer Babatunde Odufuwa, has said improved and accessible tertiary education and effective national innovations systems will help a developing country make progress in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more

Indian and African Students Plead for Help to Leave Ukraine

Indian and African students studying in Ukraine have appealed for help to get them out of the country and home to safety. Read more

Industrial Instability in Tertiary Institutions

FOR years, disharmony and industrial action by tertiary institutions-based workers’ unions have become a bogey that continually haunts Nigeria’s education system. Read more

Just Like ASUU, SSANU And NASU Embark on Strike 

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions have announced that it will be embarking on a strike. Read more

Minimum Wage: Kwara Tertiary Institutions Give 14 Days Ultimatum for Strike

Workers of Kwara owned tertiary institutions, under the umbrella of Committee of Unions in Tertiary Institutions (CUTI), have issued a 14-day ultimatum to commence strike. Read more

More Unions in Tertiary Sector Threaten to Down Tools

Hope of an early return to normality in the nation’s universities may not be in sight as different unions in the tertiary education system have threatened to further force the public sector to a standstill. This follows the government’s failure to fulfil agreements it reached with the various unions. Read more

Most Candidates Now Applying for Higher Education Are Females

REGISTRAR of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has emphasised the importance of prioritising the education of male and female children in equal measure. Read more

NBTE Opposes Conversion of Polytechnics to Universities

Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Bugaje, has criticized the conversion of polytechnics to universities. He said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the retreat for chairmen of governing councils and principal officers of all federal polytechnics. Read more

Nile Varsity to Focus on Capacity Building in Science, Tech

The newly appointed Chancellor of Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Shehu of Borno, Dr Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba El-Kanemi, has said capacity building, especially in technology and science-related departments, will be given priority during his tenure. Read more

NUC Recognizes Shehu Shagari University as 58th State Varsity 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Monday recognized Shehu Shagari University of Education as the 58th State University and 206th University in Nigeria. Read more

OAU Postpones Matriculation Indefinitely

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun, has postponed the 2021/2022 matriculation ceremony earlier scheduled for Wednesday until further notice. Read more

Ogun First Lady Counsels Women on Paths to Success in Business

The first lady of Ogun State, Dr. (Mrs.) Bamidele Abiodun has advised women on basic areas to focus on in order to ensure success in business. She gave this advice while making her presentation as a Keynote Speaker at a recent event hosted by the Covenant University Faculty Women Advance… Read more

Preprint Servers Gain Prominence Despite Peer Review Concerns

While they have been around for the past five decades, preprint servers, repositories that allow access to original manuscripts to the public before they have undergone peer review, have gained more prominence over the past two years, owing to the sheer volume of research on COVID-19 that needed to be communicated. Read more

Space Science Capabilities Depend on Quality Education

In December 2019, Ethiopia became the 11th African country to have launched a 72kg remote sensing microsatellite (ETRSS-1) into space, joining the ranks of Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Sudan. In East Africa, Ethiopia was third after Kenya and Rwanda. Read more

Students Ground Commercial Activities in Abuja Over Strike by University Lecturers, ASUU 

Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have crippled commercial activities in the Federal Capital Territory, as they blocked some major highways in the nation’s capital. Read more

Total Grounding of Universities Looms as SSANU, NASU Give FG Ultimatum 

The total grounding of Nigerian universities seems imminent as non-academic staff have threatened to embark on a two-week initial industrial action should the government fail to meet their demands by March 27. Read more

‘Universities Must Grasp the Opportunity to Change’

If African universities are to meet their mandate to support development on the continent, they must change with the times and restructure, said Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, the vice provost for international affairs and global strategies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the United States. Read more

Universities Reach Out to African Students Who Escaped Ukraine

Egyptian students who were studying at Ukrainian universities and have managed to escape the war-torn country will be able to resume their studies in their homeland if they meet the entry requirements of private and national universities. Read more

Universities Reach Out to African Students Who Escaped Ukraine

Egyptian students who were studying at Ukrainian universities and have managed to escape the war-torn country will be able to resume their studies in their homeland if they meet the entry requirements of private and national universities. Read more

VCs Raise Alarm Over Rising Illegal Varsity Admissions 

The General Assembly of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) frowned at rising cases of “under the table” admission being recorded in several universities in Nigeria. Read more

Youths from Africa and the Arab World Commit to Advancing Cooperation in agriculture…

The Afro-Arab Youth Council (AAYC) in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized a youth dialogue under the theme, “Enhancing food security through innovations and planetary health: the role of youth.Read more

Where to Now for Students Who Fled the War in Ukraine?

Scores of Nigerian students have fled or been evacuated from Ukraine over the past week, either back to their home country or to other countries in the European Union. Efforts are under way to evacuate several who are still trapped. For many students, this has been a harrowing experience, and most now face an uncertain future where their education is concerned. Read more

 

28 February 2022

AAU-PACCI Inaugurates African Education Trust Fund Organising Committee

The Association of African Universities (AAU), the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) and the African Private Sector (APSS) have inaugurated a committee to establish an African Education Trust Fund (AETF). Read more

Abia Varsity Summons Parents, Guardians to Town Hall Meeting

The Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu, Professor Onyemachi Ogbulu, has summoned parents and guardians to a town hall meeting.This was contained in a statement signed by the school’s registrar, Acho Elendu, titled, ‘Invitation to Town Hall Meeting with Parents and Guardians Of ABSU Students’… Read more

Academic Publishing Needs Creative Solutions to Grow

COVID-19 has dampened academic research productivity even though virtual conferences and webinars have become an antidote for visa denials and a shortage of travel funding. Where academic publishing is concerned, there may be solutions to promote development in African countries as well as increase international support. Read more

APCON Accreditation Team Commends Quality of Covenant University’s Advertising Programme

A team from the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), on accreditation visit to the Department of Mass Communication, Covenant University, has heaped plaudits on the University for lifting the standard of the teaching of advertising in the nation. Read more

ASUU Declares One Month Nationwide Warning Strike, …

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared a nationwide comprehensive strike that is expected to last for a period of four weeks; the union also condemned the creation of new universities, adding that it is an ill-timed move. The strike was declared on Monday, February 14, 2022,… Read more

ASUU Raises Alarm Over Rots in Nigeria’s Educational Sector 

Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) has raised the alarm over degeneration in the education sector in and across saying it deserves urgent rescue.ASUU at a symposium held at the University of Ibadan attended by some of the union past and present leaders declared its readiness to rescue public education… Read more

ASUU Strike: Academic Activities Continue in Benue Varsity

Benue State University Makurdi, BSU, is yet to join the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in the ongoing industrial action. DAILY POST recalls that ASUU, on Monday, shut down public universities in the country following the inability of the Federal Government to implement agreements… Read more

AU-EU Talks: Partnerships to Drive Innovation Agenda

Harmonisation of standards and quality assurance efforts in higher education were scrutinised as African and European experts shared experiences ahead of the European Union-African Union Summit scheduled for 17 and 18 February in Brussels, Belgium. Read more

Bayelsa Varsity Lecturers Threaten Strike Over Poor Funding, Welfare 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Niger Delta University (NDU) Chapter, has threatened to resume the strike they suspended six years ago over alleged Bayelsa State government’s attitude towards funding and welfare of lecturers of the institution. Read more

CIBN Accredits 19 New Programmes for Banks, Tertiary Institutions 

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has presented certificates of accreditation to 19 tertiary institutions, bank academies and education training service providers (ESTPs) to deepen knowledge of modern banking. Read more

Elizade Varsity Gets N2b Ultra-Modern Engineering Complex, Hostel 

The Vice Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara-mokin, Prof. Kayode Almund, has declared that the institution would continue to invest in technology and infrastructure to improve on teaching and learning. Read more

Expert Drills Business Management Students on Importance of MIS

A Management Information System (MIS) professional, Mr. Onyedika Orakwue, has described MIS as a formal, sociotechnical, organizational system, designed to collect, process, store, and distribute information used for decision-making and for the coordination, control, analysis, and visualization of information in an organization. Read more

Farewell, Tunde Fatunde – Professor, Activist, Writer, Friend

It is with sadness that University World News reports the death of Tunde Fatunde, a Nigerian professor of Francophone studies at Lagos State University and one of our longest-standing correspondents. Read more

Federal Govt Approves N193m ICT Intervention for Sule Lamido Varsity 

Federal Ministry of Education has approved the sum of N193 million for the expansion and improvement of Information and Communication Technology Centre at Sule Lamido University Kafin Hausa, Jigawa State. Read more

FG Appoints Four New Tertiary Institutions’ Principal Officers 

The Federal Government has appointed principal officers for the four newly-established universities in the country. Read more

FG Pushes for Harmonisation of Universities, Research Centers

The Federal Government (FG) is pushing for universities and research centres in the country to work in harmony for the benefit of the nation. Read more

FRSC to Inaugurate School of Transport in Tertiary Institutions 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that plans are on to establish a School of Transportation within institutions of higher learning. Read more

FUT Minna: N3 Billion Spent on Capital Projects in Four Years

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMinna), Niger State, Professor Abdullahi Bala, has stated that over N3 billion has been spent on the execution of projects in the institution by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND). Read more

Global Rankings

Covenant University has had a rapid rise in nearly two decades of its existence. The webometric ranking named Covenant University the best Private University in Nigeria in its 2021 ranking and the second-best university overall. Read more

Hold Buhari Responsible if We Embark on Another Strike – ASUU 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Lagos Zone, has called on Nigerians to engage the Nigerian government on issues it said are currently threatening the industrial peace in public Universities. Read more

How to Connect Your Research with Policy-Making Agendas

African academic researchers have been urged to stop writing long, dry and complex research papers that are meant for other scholars only, but to also consider best practices of sharing their research with lay audiences to increase their use in policy- and decision-making agendas. Read more

IPPIS Unsuitable for Varsity System, Says JAMB Registrar 

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has said the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System as the payment platform for university employees is unsuitable for the Nigerian university system. Read more

JUPEB Cancels DELSU 2021 Results, Suspends Institution for Five Years 

The Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board, JUPEB, has delisted the Delta State University, Abraka, from its association and also cancelled all 2021 examinations over alleged widespread examination malpractices. Read more

Kogi Poly to Commence Exchange Programme with US Varsity 

In a bid to expose its students and personnel to the latest trends in Agriculture, Vocation, Science and Technology, Kogi State Polytechnic, has boosted its international alliance with the Delaware Africa Caribbean Coalition from the United States. Read more

Kogi State University Awards N2000 To First-Class Graduates, N5000 To Overall Best 

Some of the graduating students of the Kogi State University, Anyigba, have registered their outrage over the “ridiculous amounts of money” awarded by the state government to First Class and Best graduating students. Read more

More Trouble Looms for Universities As NASU, SSANU, NAAT Issue Strike Alert

The Joint Action Committee of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have issued a strike notice alert that would totally shut down academic activities across the country’s tertiary institutions. Read more

MUBAS Union Leaders Demanding Money from First Year Students 

Concerned first year students at Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) in Blantyre have complained that MUBAS Students Union (MSU) leaders have been demanding money from them. Read more

NANS Decries Tuition Fee Hike in Tertiary Institutions 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has lamented the sudden increase in tuition fees by some public universities in the country, calling for a considerable review to ease financial burden on students. Read more

Nanso Refreshes Fees Must Fall 

Namibia National Students Organization (NANSO) launched its access to higher education campaign today at the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre. The aim of the campaign is to make registration more bearable, tackle student accommodation issues and ensure the resumption of face to face classes… Read more

Nigerian Professor Appointed DVC in Zambia 

A leading African Economist and Management scholar Professor Austin Nosike has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) of Copperstone University (CU) in Zambia. Read more

Nigerian Students’ Union, NANS, Gives Governor Akeredolu 14 Days to Reduce Tuition…

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Joint Campus Committee (JCC) in Ondo State has given Governor Rotimi Akeredolu a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the increment in the tuition of public tertiary institutions in the state. Read more

NUC Notifies JAMB, TETFund, Others of New Universities in Lagos’ … 

The National Universities Commission (NUC), the regulatory body in charge of universities in Nigeria, said it has communicated appropriate educational agencies of government including the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Tertiary Education Trust Find (TETFund) and… Read more

NUC Reviews Universities Curriculum, Adds 50 Programmes

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has finalised a new curriculum for Nigerian Universities. The Commission increased the number of programmes from 188 to 238 and disciplines from 14 to 17. Read more

OOU Convocation: Abiodun Tasks Universities on Innovations

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has tasked tertiary institutions in the country to use research and innovation to inspire practical and lasting solutions to the myriad of challenges facing humanity. Read more

OOU VC Advises Universities Against Indiscriminate Award of First-Class Degree 

The Vice Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago Iwoye, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, has advised universities in the country against indiscriminate award of first-class degree to their students, saying a situation where some universities would have a significant number of their graduating students bagging… Read more

Open Universities in Africa are Few and Far Between

The effects of the pandemic have shown that traditional educational practices can no longer be. Open distance e-learning (ODeL) must be embraced as the key to the ‘new normal’ to ensure higher education does not suffer, according to Professor Goski Alabi, president of the Laweh Open University College in Accra, Ghana. Read more

Our Certificate Not for Sale -Pro-Chancellor, Achievers Varsity 

The Pro-Chancellor of Achievers University, Owo, Ondo state, Dr Bode Ayorinde has said that the institution’s certificate was not for sale to the highest bidder.Dr Ayorinde said this at the matriculation ceremony for 614 fresh students of the institution over the weekend in Owo. Read more

Policy Makers Need to be Sensitized on the Value of University Education

African governments need to be sensitized and advised on the critical role played by Universities in development. This were the sentiments expressed by the University of Nairobi’s Vice-chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama when he met the Secretary General, Association of African Universities (AAU), Prof. Olusola B. Oyewole. Read more

Private and Public Universities Should Collaborate in Africa

Private universities became popular and increased exponentially in Africa around the 1990s. Read more

Project to Translate Research Articles into African Languages

A platform that publishes African research immediately and free of charge, with the aim of providing increased regional and international visibility for scientific work, has partnered with like-minded open access African portals to translate 180 research articles from English to six African languages. Read more

Proliferation of Universities Despite Government’s Poor Funding of Existing Universities 

The Lagos State Government recently assented a Bill for the creation of two new universities in the state: the Lagos State University of Education (being a merger and upgrade of the existing Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, … Read more

Sanwo-Olu Establishes 2 New Universities for Lagos 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Wednesday signed the bills for the establishment of additional two universities in the state into law.The bills assented to by the governor converted the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) to the Lagos State University of Science and Technology… Read more

Science Output Rising, but Some Countries’ Yields Still Low

Despite numerous challenges, Africa has made notable progress in the production of scientific knowledge in the past two decades, with a total share of 7.6% of contributions to the world of science and one-third of all international publications in tropical medicine. Read more

Space Technology to Measure, Monitor Climate Change Impact

Five African countries are working with Egypt to launch a pan-African satellite project dubbed the African Development Satellite Initiative (AfDev-Sat) to study the impact of climate change across Africa and what space technology can offer in this area. Read more

Strike Blamed on the Government’s Lip Service to Education

Thousands of university lecturers in Nigeria under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have embarked on a month-long warning strike. Read more

ASUU Strike: Its Mistake Neglecting Tertiary Institutions to Their Fate, UniAbuja VC Tells FG 

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul Rasheed Na’allah, has reacted to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, saying the Federal Government is making a grave mistake by neglecting the needs of tertiary institutions in the country. Read more

Students Owe Unam, NUST N$480 Million 

As at the end of 2021, student debt at the University of Namibia stood at a massive N$400 million, while the Namibia University of Science and Technology has recorded an amount of N$80 million in outstanding fees. Read more

TETFund Reiterates Commitment to Quality Varsity Research

Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), has reiterated the agency’s commitment to supporting quality research in Nigerian universities. Read more

Top 10 Best Universities in Africa

Africa is home to many universities that rank amongst the top universities in the world. Scattered across the continent, they stand tall in educational excellence. Read more

University Systems in 45 Countries have Barely Been Studied

Higher education in Africa has become a frequently researched topic from 2000 onwards, but the systems in 45 out of 54 countries on the continent have barely been studied and 20 countries lack internal higher education expertise. This is a matter of concern, states a new study. Read more

Why I Acted the Way I did During UNILAG Crisis

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Tuesday, for the first time, spoke publicly about his problems with the former governing council of the institution. Read more

Why is Nigeria not Performing on the Research Front?

A lack of funding is the primary reason for a slump in research activities in Nigeria, a recent study has found. Read more

Yobe Varsity Receives Strike Notice from ASUU 

The Yobe state University, Damaturu, on Thursday said it received a notification of one month strike from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Youths Charged to lead in National, Global Renaissance for a Prosperous World

A Federal Commissioner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Kunle Ajayi, has decried the current situation in the world, where most vices, from conflict to terrorism, are perpetrated by the youth. Read more

 

31 January 2022

2021 UTME: Less than 17% of Eligible Candidates Offered Admissions So-Far

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has raised concern over the slow pace of admission processes across Nigeria’s tertiary institutions for the candidates who sat the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Read more

All Not Well at Maritime Varsity, VC Admits 

The Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Gbaramatu, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, Prof. Emmanuel Adigio, has admitted that all is not well at the institution… Read more

Bringing Hope to Frustrated Maize Farmers in West and Central Africa (WCA)…

With thousands of farmers in West and Central Africa (WCA) battling the invasion in their farms by the deadly parasitic weed Striga,  the introduction of two new resistant varieties; TZLComp1Syn W-1 (Sammaz 16) and IWDC2SynF2 (Sammaz 15) developed by IITA…Read more

Concern Over Nigerian Students Who Get Fake Degrees in Benin

Concern is rising about the growth of low-quality or even entirely bogus universities and colleges being established in Benin, as students from neighbouring Nigeria look for higher education courses outside their own country. Read more

Conversations on the Impacts of Private Universities on Public Universities in Africa…

This conference was a gathering of progressivists. While planning for the conference, we invited a unique composition of participants because our aims were not as commonly seen elsewhere. Read more

Covenant Board of Regents Approves promotion of 112 Faculty, 150 Non-Academic Staff

In recognition of the astute contribution of the faculty-base of Covenant University in elevating the University among elite institutions of learning in the world, the Board of Regents, the apex decision-making body of the University, has approved the promotion of members of faculty for the current academic session. Read more

Degree Programmes Needed to Boost African Film Industry

African universities lag far behind when it comes to training professionals for the blossoming African film industry that could create more than 20 million jobs and generate US$20 billion in annual revenue, according to UNESCO. Read more

Dons Call for Repositioning of Postgraduate Training Scheme for Development Impact

The Dean, Covenant University School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Akan Williams, has described the conditions in which most students in Nigerian institutions undertake their graduate work as less than congenial. Read more

Ebonyi Village Donates 58.32 Land for ICT Varsity 

Offumerekpe village in Agbaja community of Izzi local government area of Ebonyi state, Monday, donated 58.32 hectares of land to the state government for the establishment of the University of Science and Technology. Read more

Excessive Drinking by University Students on the Rise

It may be hard to know exactly how many students in universities in Sub-Saharan Africa are engaged in the excessive drinking of alcohol, but academic researchers are almost all in agreement that heavy consumption of alcohol among university students in the region is rising rapidly. Read more

FG Laments Poor Management of Funds in Tertiary Institutions 

Federal Government has lamented that poor management of funds allocated to the tertiary institutions, especially Polytechnics and Colleges of Education has been the major challenge of the sub-sector. Read more

Financing and Making University Education Better in Africa

Perhaps to demonstrate the importance of education to human endeavours, academics, founders, donors and all those concerned with higher education in Nigeria and other parts of Africa were assembled for two days from January 6- 7, 2021, Read more

Four Kidnapped Uniport Students Regain Freedom 

Four students of the University of Port Harcourt who were kidnapped last weekend have been released and reunited with their families. Read more

Funding, Hybrid Learning Top Stakeholders’ Expectations for Tertiary Institutions in 2022 

With the dawn of a new year, experts in the education sector explained why politicians should eschew corruption for the continued survival of public institutions, demanding more funds for the education sector. Read more

Gbajabiamila Begs Medical Graduates to Practise in Nigeria…

The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has pleaded with medical graduates in the country to practise in Nigeria rather than travelling abroad for greener pastures. Read more

Gbajabiamila To Deliver UNILAG 52nd Convocation Lecture…

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, will deliver the 52nd convocation lecture of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka coming up next Monday, January 17, with a total of 12, 217 students from both undergraduate and postgraduate studies graduating. Read more

Gunmen Kidnap Plateau State University ASUU Chairman 

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Plateau State University chapter, Dr Monday Hassan Zitta has been reportedly kidnapped. Read more

How We Attracted Over N1bn Research Grants

Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah is the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Abuja (Uniabuja). In this interview he describes as unfortunate the inability of Nigerian universities to court best students in secondary schools thereby allowing them to study overseas. Read more

IITA’s Integrated Molecular and Conventional Breeding Scheme for Enhancing Genetic Gain in Maize

Shortly after completing my MSc. studies at Gulu University, I was offered an opportunity for internship at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria… Read more

Insecurity – Declare State of Emergency in Education Sector

Speakers at a public lecture organised by the management of Corona College of Education have called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector due to the high level of insecurity in the sector and the attendant negative effects. Read more

Internet Blackouts: Governments Undermined HE Delivery

Eleven African countries have been included in a list of 21 countries whose governments deliberately shut down internet access for their citizens in the course of 2021 – in most cases, to quell civil unrest, but a move that undermined higher education institutions, … Read more

KWASU VC Tasks NUC On Dynamic, Creative PG Programmes in Nigerian Varsities 

THE vice chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, (SAN), has urged the National Universities Commission (NUC), to review the country’s postgraduate programme policies with a view to making it dynamic and creative. Read more

Newly Established Shehu Shagari Varsity Gets Pioneer VC, Others 

The newly upgraded Shehu Shagari University of Education, Sokoto, has gotten its pioneer Vice-Chancellor and two other top management staff to run the affairs of the school. Read more

Nigeria Has Only 100,000 Lecturers for 2.1 Million Varsity Students

The National Universities Commission has said universities should be isolated from the Federal Government’s circular on new employment owing to the shortage of lecturers. Read more

Nigerian Agency, JAMB Announces Date For 2022 Tertiary Exam, UTME 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced the dates for commencement of registration for candidates who want to sit for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and the Direct Entry examination. Read more

Wanted: Water, Electricity, Hostels, Laboratories …

Most public higher education institutions in Nigeria lack basic infrastructure like a regular water supply, electricity, hostel accommodation, adequate lecture halls, up-to-date laboratories and well-equipped libraries, among others. Read more

No N3bn Was Released to Nigeria Maritime Varsity, No Money Diverted, Says VC 

Vice Chancellor of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Professor Emmanuel Adigio, has denied knowledge of any N3 billion released to the institution by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for payment of staff allowances. Read more

Plateau Varsity Begs ASUU, SSANU to Suspend Strike 

The Management of the Plateau State University, PLASU, Bokkos has commended the local chapter of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities, NASU and National Association of Academic Technologists of Nigeria, NAAT for suspending the strike action it earlier embarked on. Read more

Plateau Varsity NASU Resumes Strike Over Unpaid Allowances 

The Non-academic Staff Union (NASU), Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos, on Thursday declared resumption of its suspended strike over alleged unpaid allowances. Read more

Plateau Varsity SSANU Vows to Continue Strike over Minimum Wage 

Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Plateau State University (PLASU) chapter has vowed to continue their strike action indefinitely following the refusal of the state government to pay minimum wage and earned allowances owed its members. Read more

President Buhari ‘Failed to Deliver’ on Promise About Budget

Despite the never-ending clamour for increased budgetary allocations to higher education in Nigeria, the government has continued to turn a deaf ear. Read more

Private and Public Universities Should Collaborate in Africa

Private universities became popular and increased exponentially in Africa around the 1990s. Before then, however, universities such as the American University in Cairo, founded in 1919, functioned amid the popularity and seeming intimidation of public universities. Read more

Self-Management, Resource Management, Others Vital to Dynamism

The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents of Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo has highlighted the importance a blend of determination, dedication, discipline and sacrifice in the making of a successful leader in any endeavour in life. Read more

 Sanwo-Olu to Sign New Universities’ Laws in January

Mr. Wahab said beginning from the new year the institutions would no longer admit fresh students for the existing Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Higher National Diploma (HND) and Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) awarding programmes. Read more

Stay Focused on Your Assignment, Get Empowered

The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents of Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo, has cautioned career professionals on the danger of abandoning their God-ordained professional calling in the quest to seek greener pastures. Read more

Students Lament Hike in School Charges by Tertiary Institutions 

The Coalition of Northern Groups Students’ Wing (CNG-SW) has lamented the hike in school fees and other levies across tertiary institutions in the country.The group express worry over an attempt by the federal and state governments to commercialise education to… Read more

SSANU Warns Governors Against Establishing Universities They Can’t Fund 

The North East Zone of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has cautioned governors against politicising education by establishing universities they cannot fund. Read more

TETFund Raises Alarm Over Activities of Fraudsters 

The Management of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has warned its stakeholders and the public at large against the fraudulent activities of “some faceless individuals operating under different guises in the name of the Fund to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. Read more

‘Think Solutions, Nurture the Leadership Seed in You’, Dr Oyedepo Charges Covenant Staff

The Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr David Oyedepo, has charged management, faculty and staff of the University to think the unimaginable in the quest to start proffering answers to myriads of problems besetting humanity. Read more

Uni-Abuja Promotes 118 Staff, 4 Elevated Professors 

The Governing Council of the University of Abuja has approved the promotion of 118 staff, comprising 43 lecturers and 75 non-teaching staff.A breakdown of the list shows that four of the academic staff were promoted to the rank of professor; 10 others were promoted to the rank of associate professor;… Read more

Unilorin Honours Gbajabiamila, Other Distinguished Nigerians in its 8thLeadership Summit 

The Students Union authorities of the University of Ilorin has concluded arrangements to honour the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila and other distinguished Nigerians… Read more

Varsity Moves Against Indecent Dressing, Sexual Harassment 

The Vice Chancellor of Prince Abubakar Audu University Anyigba (PAU), Prof Marietu Ohunene Tenuche, has said the institution is conscientiously working against indecent dressing, sexual harassment and other social vices on the campus.She warned lecturers to uphold work ethics… Read more

Veritas Varsity Awards 30 First Class, Pursues Accreditation of New Courses 

The Vice-Chancellor of Veritas University, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku, on Wednesday announced that the institution will be awarding a total of 30 First Class degrees…Read more

Wanted: Water, electricity, hostels, laboratories …

Most public higher education institutions in Nigeria lack basic infrastructure like a regular water supply, electricity, hostel accommodation, adequate lecture halls, up-to-date laboratories and well-equipped libraries, among others. Read more

Why Choose Politics When You Can Become an Online Celebrity?

Professor Sheriff F Folarin, a political scientist from Covenant University in Ogun State, told University World News that young people often consider it too expensive to run for political or leadership positions in Nigeria. Read more

 

31 December 2021

53 UI Lecturers’ Salaries Not Paid since December 2020 – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that 53 lecturers of the University of Ibadan and several others in state universities, including the Ebonyi State University, have not been paid salaries for more than one year. Read more

Academics from 12 Universities on Global Citation List

A total of 16 academics from five countries in Africa and working at 12 universities have been recognised as influential researchers. Read more

Akeredolu Calls for Govt Funding of Private Universities through TETFund Grants 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has called on the Federal Government to finance the operations of private universities in the country through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). Read more

Anambra University Generates N3.1bn Revenue in 10 Months

The Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, on Wednesday said it generated revenue of N3.1 billion between January and October.Prof. Solomon Ekwenze, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University, made the disclosure during the ongoing 2021 budget assessment. Read more

ASUU Prepares to Shut Down Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it has commenced consultation with its branches across the country to agree on the shutting down of public universities. Read more

Banditry Takes Its Toll on Mental Health of Students, Staff

Hassan Ibrahim, a third-year student of polymer and textile engineering at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria in the north-western state of Kaduna, has been suffering from anxiety for a better part of this year. Read more

Buhari Appoints Emir of Kano as Calabar Varsity Chancellor 

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, as the Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Cross River State. Read more

Covenant University Donates 30KVA Power Generating Set to Nigerian Police…

Christmas came early for the officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force, Onipanu Division, in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council, when the Management of Covenant University, through her Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CDIIC), donated a 30KVA power generating set… Read more

Creating an Environment for Intellectual Capital Remittance

African diaspora scholars – individuals born, raised and educated in Africa and who now work in foreign universities – have for years established links and worked with institutions in their mother countries as a way of ‘giving back’. Read more

Creating Vibrant and Stronger Research Communities

Diaspora academics have called for the continued and expanded support of a programme that has enabled them to contribute to the strengthening of higher education in Africa through conducting joint research, supervising graduate students, mentoring junior faculty and co-authoring grant proposals and research papers. Read more

Dogara Appeals to FG, ASUU to Reach Common Ground to Avert Another Round of Strike 

As the face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) heightens with a possible strike action looming, the Government and ASUU have been appealed on to find other means of resolving disputes other than strikes. Read more

Don Calls for Review of TETFUND Act, …

The Chairman, Committee of Provosts of Colleges of Health Sciences and Technology of Nigeria, Dr. Johnson Bayo Ojo, has called for the revision of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act. Read more

Do You Want to be More Employable? Learn Coding Skills

Students in African universities and other tertiary institutions on the continent should learn coding skills, even when they are not enrolled as students at departments of computer sciences, as a way of preparing themselves for well-paying jobs in the digital sector and for career change directions. Read more

JAMB’ll Clear Backlog of Illegal Admissions

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said the board would soon clear the backlog of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary education institutions in the country. Read more

N30,000 Not 15,000 is Our Hazard Allowance – Plateau University Cries Out 

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Plateau State University Bokkos has said N30,000 and not N15,000 is their hazard allowance. Read more

Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Offered 706,189 ‘Illegal’ Admissions Between 2017, 2020- JAMB 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned against offering of admissions to applicants by higher institutions outside the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS). Read more

NSE Ota Chapter Seeks Robust Engagement with Covenant University Students

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Ota Chapter, has sought Covenant University Management’s assistance in ensuring that engineering students in the University get enrolled as members during their studentship in the University. Read more

NUC Begins Clampdown on 67 Illegal Universities

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, yesterday, said the commission would soon clamp down on identified 67 illegal universities across Nigeria. Read more

NUC Wades into Mbadiwe Varsity Ownership Crisis, Hands Over Operating License … 

The National Universities Commission (NUC), has waded into the ownership impeding the smooth take-off of the Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Ogboko, as the Commission has handed over the operating license of the University to the Imo State government. Read more

Private Universities Do Well in Nigeria’s National Rankings

Nigeria has unveiled the outcome of its national ranking system for universities in an effort to boost quality and enhance competitiveness among national universities. Read more

School Fees Scam: EKSU Clarifies Position, Says Victims Ignored Varsity’s Policy 

The management of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, has reacted to a story captioned ‘EKSU students cry out as varsity voids over N10m school fees’, saying the affected students disregarded the university’s procedure for payment of fees and charges. Read more

Scientists Urge Leaders to Up Spending on Health Education

A group of nine African academics from South Africa, Kenya, Senegal, Nigeria and Mali have called on governments and other funders for increased local investment in health research and development with a special focus on developing scientific and production capabilities,Read more

Senate to Amend Standing Rules, Okays Bills for New Varsity, College 

The Senate has hinted it would amend the 2015 Senate Standing Orders. Senate President Ahmad Lawan made the disclosure, yesterday during plenary. He said the decision to amend the Senate Rules was to enable the chamber operate better. Read more

Strike Looms as Nigerian University Lecturers, ASUU Give 24 Hours to Declare Action 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on a strike action if the Federal Government fails to act urgently. The development trails the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum it handed to the Federal Government to implement its demands. Read more

Student Mobility Between Africa and US Falls During COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has decreased the number of international students from Africa who are studying in universities in the United States, as their numbers fell from a high of 48,679 students in the 2019-20 academic year to 45,343 students in 2020-21, a drop of 6.85%. Read more

UI Rated Best Varsity in 2021 Nigerian University System Rankings 

The Nigerian University Systems Rankings has rated the University of Ibadan as the overall best varsity in the country in its 2021 ratings. In second and third place are Redeemer’s University and Covenant University. Read more

UNESCO Concludes Training of African Judicial Institutions on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists

UNESCO in partnership with the African Court of Human and Peoples Rights conducted a 5-day Training of Trainers (ToT), organized between the 29 November  to 3 December 2021,… Read more

UMAHI Set to Establish Two More Universities in Ebonyi 

Ebonyi State Government has approved the establishment of the University of Aeronautic Engineering at Ezza South Local Government Area and University of ICT, Science and Technology in Izzi Council Area. Read more

UNILAG Lecturer Wins $1,000 for Best PhD Thesis in Africa

The Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos (UNILAG), is set to reward Dr. Felix Ajiola with a grant of $1,000 for emerging the winner of this year’s Rahamon Bello Best Thesis Award. Read more

Universities are Front-Runners in Start-Up Support Programmes

Universities, among others, are leading Egypt as a tech powerhouse for Africa as the country now rivals – and even sometimes surpasses – more established start-up ecosystems such as South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya for levels of entrepreneurial innovation and investment. Read more

University of Ibadan Emerges Best University in NUC 2021 Ranking 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ranked the University of Ibadan (UI) first in its latest 2021 ranking released on Monday. Read more

Women in HE: ‘We Either Rise Together or Sink Together’

Nurturing girls’ education at basic and secondary levels of learning, and offering increased support to women already in academia are some of the strategies that will ensure greater inclusivity in the African research sector. Read more

 

30 November 2021

48 Lecturers, Security Agents Arrested Over JUBEP Exam Fraud 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Department of State Services have arrested 48 individuals for alleged illegalities in the conduct of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board. Read more

10,000 Athletes From 136 Universities For 2022 NUGA Games 

About 10,000 student athletes from 136 Universities are expected to participate in the forthcoming 26th edition of Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Games to be hosted by the University of Lagos (UNILAG) from March 16 – 26, 2022. Read more

Academic Research Gives Universities Global Acclaim – Osinbajo 

Higher institutions become globally recognized because of their active engagements in research according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.Prof Osinbajo stated this today when he received a delegation from the University of Lagos, (UNILAG) Alumni Association,… Read more

A Formula for a Tasty and Nutritious Soup – with Termites

Animal protein, in the form of meat and fish, is becoming more expensive across the world. As a food source, it is becoming out of reach for ordinary people, particularly low-income earners. But, meat from animals remains a rich source of protein. Read more

ASUU Demands Reinstatement of Vested Land Property to Kano University 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Yusuf Maitama Sule University, (YUMSUK) Branch, has demanded the reinstatement of the revocated Kwanar Dawaki Campus and Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies at Dawakin Tofa Local Government. Read more

ASUU, FG Agree Renegotiation of Universities Revitalisation Fund 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to renegotiate its initial agreement with the Federal Government on the revitalisation of universities. Read more

ASUU Gives FG 48-Hour Ultimatum to Rescue Victims of UniAbuja Kidnap 

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), University of Abuja Chapter, has issued a 48-hour ultimatum for the Federal Government and the security agencies to rescue the victims who were kidnapped from the university on Tuesday. Read more

ASUU Strike: FG to Disburse N22.72 Billion to Universities on Wednesday

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, has said the Federal Ministry of Finance and National Planning will commence the disbursement of funds to universities on Wednesday. Read more

ASUU Threatens Fresh Strike, Gives FG Three Weeks Ultimatum 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Monday announced its readiness to embark on another round of industrial action following the ‘government’s unfaithfulness’ in implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoU) it signed with the union upon which the last strike action was suspended. Read more

ASUU Warns Gov. Ganduje Against Sale of University Lands, Other Assets

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to stop the revocation of facilities and sale of Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano properties. Read more

Circular Thinking Education Will Aid Sustainable Development

Inefficient management of the abundant natural resources in Africa prompted experts to call on universities on the continent to join the ‘education for circularity’ movement to equip students with knowledge and skills in circular thinking. Read more

COREN Visits Covenant University, …

A team from the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) on accreditation visit to Departments of Chemical Engineering and Electrical and Information Engineering, Covenant University, has called for renewed scrutiny of engineering programme curriculum with the goal of repositioning the profession for global relevance. Read more

Covenant University Team Wins UNILORIN Emirates Debate Tournament

Covenant University Literary and Debate Society (CULDS) team has conquered the Nigerian and regional debate community yet again, when they, recently, won the fourth edition of the University of Ilorin Emirates Debate Competition, christened “Word War IV”. Read more

Don’t Approve New Universities, ASUU Warns FG 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Wednesday, warned the Federal Government against giving approvals for the creation of new universities. Read more

FG Approves Fund to Establish Medical Laboratories in Tertiary Institutions 

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government has provided funds for the establishment of laboratories in all Federal tertiary institutions and its research centers. Read more

Gender-Responsive Budgeting Can Contribute to Equality

Gender-responsive budgeting is necessary to ensure the realisation of gender equality and empowerment ideals, as reflected in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5. Read more

Graduates Have ‘Insufficient’ Employability Skills

Higher education institutions continue to be ascribed a significant role in preparing graduate employability and career prospects. Therefore, both educators and institutions are subjected to increasing pressures to enhance graduate employability. Read more

Gunmen Kidnap Six in Rare Attack on University in Capital

Gunmen kidnapped four staffers and two of their children from the University of Abuja early on Tuesday 2 November, the university said, staging the first high-profile attack on a campus in Nigeria’s capital as the nation confronts a wave of mass abductions, …Read more

Include Private Universities In TETFUND, Samuel Adegboyega Varsity VC Pleads 

The vice-chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Esan West local government area of Edo State, Prof. Adewumi Idowu has defended the award of first-class degrees to its graduands. Read more

India Sharpens Its Knowledge Diplomacy Focus on Africa

Indian higher education initiatives aimed at helping African countries to develop scientific human resources, bridge the digital divide and upgrade skills – and at attracting more African students to the sub-continent – were unveiled at the India-Africa Higher Education and Skill Development Summit held in New Delhi last month. Read more

Innovation for African Unis Program Launched 

The British Council has launched a program seeking to foster and strengthen universities support for entrepreneurial ecosystems in Sub-Saharan Africa.The Innovation for African Universities program comprises 24 project partnerships with universities… Read more

Innovative Teaching is Happening – Often Unsupported

Digital learning can help open up access, serve learners better and make higher education more resilient. And, in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, many faculty members are quietly innovating, often below the radar of their institutions and their colleagues, and frequently unsupported. Read more

JAMB Exempts Visually-Impaired, Others from Pre-Admission Screenings 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board has announced its decision to exempt visually-impaired and deaf candidates in correctional services and foreign students from pre-admission screenings by institutions. Read more

JAMB Knocks Tertiary Institutions Charging Fees for ‘Regularisation’ 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has said it received fresh complaints from some parents and students that some academic institutions now charge between N10,000 and N80,000 for ‘regularisation’ of their admission details with JAMB. Read more

JAMB Using Surplus to Fund Universities, Polytechnics -Spokesperson 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has vowed to continue its practice of remitting its operating surpluses to the government, saying the funds were used to fund universities, polytechnics, and other tertiary institutions. Read more

Mass Failure: Bayero Varsity Sets Up Committee to Investigate 

Bayero University, Kano (BUK), has constituted a committee to investigate mass failure of students in some courses in the institution.This was contained in a statement on the university website recently. Read more

More PhD Scholarships in Applied Sciences to be Awarded

The African continent and its universities need more high-quality researchers and innovators not just male, but female scientists, too, said Dr Moses Osiru, manager of the regional coordination unit of the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), … Read more

Mudiame Varsity Focused on Bridging Skill Gap, Providing…

Prof. Ernest Izevbigie is the Vice-Chancellor of Mudiame University, Irrua. In this interview, he discussed the plans of the university, the competitiveness and the need to raise market-ready students for industrial development… Read more

Offa Poly Gets Assurance on Upgrade to University 

The aspiration and efforts of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, to be upgraded to a university of technology may soon be attained, given the assurance by the senator representing Kwara South Senatorial District, Oyelola Ashiru, at the 11th convocation ceremony of the institution recently. Read more

Our Universities Enjoy Better Funding

The Delta State Government has debunked the allegation that it is proliferating the state with universities, while failing to pay salaries of staff of its pioneer university in Abraka. Read more

NUC Approves Five New Courses for Varsity 

The National Universities Commission has approved five new additional academic programmes for the Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, Oyo State. PCU, a faith-based institution, owned by the Sword of the Spirit Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Wale Oke … Read more

NYCN Commends TETFund, Charges FG to Allocate More Funds to Tertiary Education 

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for what it described as “consistent intervention and equitable disbursement” of funds for the provision and maintenance of essential physical infrastructure for teaching and learning in Nigeria tertiary institutions. Read more

Ogun Okays N200m Intervention Fund for Tertiary Institutions 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, at the weekend, said his administration had approved N200 million as Yearly State Education Intervention Fund to raise the bar of learning and academic excellence in the tertiary institutions. Read more

ONDO Varsity Shut Indefinitely Over 120% Fee Hike

Authorities of the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, in Ondo State, yesterday, postponed indefinitely the resumption for its 2021/2022 academic session to avert students protesting the 120 percent hike in tuition fees. Read more

ONDO Varsity Students to Pay N2.245m as Tuition Fees 

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has been receiving knocks over the recent increase of the tuition fee of the state-owned University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Ondo, … Read more

Private Universities Key to Boosting UK TNE in Nigeria

The private sector has a vital role in expanding equitable access to higher education in developing countries like Nigeria, but it is still treated with suspicion by many academics in countries like the United Kingdom and this is holding back both international cooperation and efforts to widen access, a conference on the potential of transnational education (TNE) was told. Read more

Private Varsity Unveils 214KW Solar Farm, Powers Neighbouring Communities 

A private tertiary institution, Thomas Adewumi University, Oko, Kwara State, has inaugurated a 214-kilowatt solar farm to serve its energy needs. Read more

TETFund Disburses N6.3bn Grant To 217 Researchers 

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund has disbursed over N6.4 billion to a total of 217 researchers under its 2020 National Research Fund grant cycle for the conduct of cutting-edge research in public tertiary institutions in the country. Read more

TETFund to Establish 12 Additional Research Centres in Nigerian Universities 

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has said it would soon announce 12 additional research centres of excellence to be sited on various campuses of Nigerian universities. Read more

Top 20 Best Universities in AFRICA – US World News Ranking System (2021)

The rankings are based on, Global research reputation (12.5%), Regional research reputation (12.5%), Publications (10%), Books (2.5%), Conferences (2.5%), Normalized citation impact (10%), Total citations (7.5%), Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited (12.5%), … Read more

Unemployment: Too Many Graduates Fighting for Too Few Jobs

Nigeria’s inability to engage a large proportion of her youth meaningfully through job creation has the potential for social dislocation. The dire unemployment situation many graduates and those with advanced education in the country face is a cause for widespread concern. Read more

Varsity Employs 60 Hunters to Boost Campus Security

The Federal University Lokoja has engaged the services of 60 hunters to boost campus security.The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, made this known on Monday at a press briefing to mark the commencement of the school’s fifth convocation ceremony. Read more

 

31 October 2021

6th Africa Council for Distance Education Conference Ends Successfully

The 6th African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) conference ended successfully with a call to stakeholders within the education space to consider the enormous potential of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in changing the face of pedagogy in Africa. Read more

Adamawa Poly Seeks Approval to Recruit 70 Lecturers 

Prof. Ibrahim Umar, Rector, Adamawa State Polytechnic, has urged Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri to approve the recruitment of 70 academic staff, to fill the vacancies in some departments of the institution. Read more

Abia Govt Converts 3 Institutions into Universities

The Government of Abia State has announced the conversion of three institutions into universities in the State following the approval by the State House of Assembly. Read more

ASUU Thumbs up FG Over Stipends for Education Students 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commended the federal government for approving stipends for students of education in public tertiary institutions. Read more

Banditry: Academia, Students Worried About Their Safety

Academics and students are worried that the fragile peace in Nigeria’s education sector is under threat as bandits continue their rampage across the country, kidnapping undergraduates and making the citadels of learning across the country unsafe. Read more

Buhari Approves N75,000 for Education Students in Public Universities

President Muhammadu has approved a N75,000 stipend per semester for education students in public universities across Nigeria.For Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) students, a stipend of N50,000 per semester was also approved. Read more

Buhari Signs Agric Research Council Law, Approves 2 Tertiary Institutions 

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (Amendment) Bill 2021. Read more

Cambridge College to be First in UK to Return Looted Benin Bronze

A Cambridge college is to become the first British institution to return one of the Benin bronzes to Nigeria later this month in what has been described as “a historic moment”. Read more

CBN Earmarks N500m Grant to Promote Entrepreneurship in Tertiary Institutions

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday unveiled guidelines for the implementation of its Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES) by setting aside a total grant of N500 million for five top Nigerian polytechnics and universities with the best entrepreneurial pitches/ideas. Read more

Crisis in Education Sector Cuts Across All Levels

The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Suleiman Bogoro, has said the crisis being witnessed in the nation’s education sector, cuts across all levels from primary through secondary and tertiary levels of learning. Read more

Delegation of Nigerian Investors and Diplomats Paid a Courtesy Visit to JU.

Nigerian Investor and Founder of African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), Engr. Noah Dallaji, visited Jimma University along with a delegation comprised of diplomats, business people, and representatives of chamber of commerce from Nigeria and Panama (Latin America). Read more

Develop, Sustain a Contributor’s Mentality for a Colourful Destiny…

Covenant University’s graduating class of 2021 has been tasked with evolving a contributor’s mentality if they desire to make the most of their endeavour as they transition into the world of work. Read more

Don Recommends Overhauling Nigerian Teacher Education Curriculum

Prof. Haladu Bayero, Dean, Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has recommended the overhaul of the Nigerian teacher education curriculum and the model of its implementation to align it with the technology needed in 21st century teaching and learning. Read more

Don Tasks Alumni on Development, Mentoring

The Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Prof. Henry Imhonde, at the weekend, challenged alumni associations to promote development of projects in tertiary institutions and mentor the younger ones. Read more

FG Approves N30bn for Polytechnics, Colleges of Education 

The Federal Government, Tuesday said that N30 billion has been approved for the Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in the country.The approval came on the heels of series of agitations for better welfare for members by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP. Read more

FG: Universities to Get N30bn Revitalisation Fund Soon

The federal government says it will soon commence disbursement of the N30 billion revitalisation fund to public universities. Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, spoke on Friday in Abuja after a closed-door meeting between the government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Graduate Employability a Talking Point at Lagos Conference

African universities must undertake strategic collaborations, boost innovation and develop entrepreneurial initiatives, targeting the needs of students to remain relevant in the future, a higher education conference in Nigeria has been told. Read more

How 9th LASU VC Emerged 

At last! The Lagos State University (LASU), Oojo, has got a new Vice Chancellor. She is Prof Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello. And she would run the affairs of the 38-year-old institution for the next five years. Read more

International Association of Universities Commend Efforts of Don

The International Association of Universities, UOC, has commended the efforts of UNESCO Laureate Prof. Bashiru Aremu on the international conference and urged him to make necessary reviews.According to the letter that was written to UNESCO Laureate Prof Sir Bashiru Aremu … Read more

JAMB Makes N400m from Correcting Errors in Candidates’ Names

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, a couple of years ago, made over N400 million from candidates who requested that their names be written in other manners apart from the ones they initially inputed while filling forms to sit for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, …Read more

JAMB Registrar Urges FG to Declare State of Emergency in Education

Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, on Thursday pleaded with the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector. Read more

King’s University VC Calls for Entrepreneurship-Based Curriculum For Universities

The Vice-Chancellor of Kings University, Ode-Omu, Osun State, Professor Adenike Kuku on Wednesday suggested that the curriculum of all programmes in Nigerian universities be tailored towards entrepreneurship for students to become self-independent individuals. Read more

Kwara Set to Upgrade IVTEC To HND Awarding Institution

…Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said that it is imperative to focus on the need to graduate job creators rather than job seekers, “hence the huge investment in the establishment of this great citadel of learning. Read more

NBTE Moves to Stop Certificate Racketeering in TVET Institutions

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Zaptrance Workdwide System Ltd. for the development of a s`Quick Response Code (QR Code) generating system. Read more

NIAS Moves to Increase Number of Graduates for Livestock Management 

The National Institute for Animal Science (NIAS) has embarked on moves to bridge the gap of inadequate graduates for livestock management in the country. Read more

NOC Takes Olympic-Value Education Programme to Universities 

The 6th Edition of the Olympic Value Education programme (OVEP) held at Nile University, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, ended on Friday 1st October. Read more

Only 1 % of JAMB Applicants Choose Polytechnics, Says ASUP

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has lamented the neglect of Nigeria’s polytechnic institutions which it said has led to low patronage by students seeking admission into higher institutions. Read more

Over N$1 Million Pledged at NUST Fundraiser 

Over N$1 million has been pledged by corporate and philanthropic individuals in support of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Ohangwena campus. Read more

Oyedepo Plans to Build ‘World-Class’ University 

The Chancellor of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Dr David Oyedepo, says he will build a world-class university to compete favourably with such other universities. Read more

Part-Time, Sandwich Students’ Admission Must Pass Through JAMB

Universities and other tertiary institutions running degree programmes can no longer admit candidates into their sandwich, distance learning, part-time and other programmes directly, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said. Read more

Six Nigerian Universities Become Centres of Excellence in Procurement 

The federal government is set to implement the Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement (SPESSE) Project to produce experts in procurement, environmental and social standards in the country. Read more

Strike Continues Unless Govt Meets Our Demands, Unions Insist

The Joint Unions of Plateau Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) have vowed to continue with the strike action if the Plateau State Government fails to implement the agreement between both parties. Read more

Striking SSANU Workers Denied Access to Taraba Varsity Facilities

The wrangling in the Taraba State University has taken a different dimension as the striking non-academic staff was denied access to the school facilities. Read more

Taraba University: Non-Academic Staff Unions Stage Protest Over Poor Welfare

The joint action committee of the Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) at the Taraba University, Jalingo, on Monday staged a peaceful protest demanding an improved welfare. Read more

TETFund Living Up to Its Mandate

The executive secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Suleiman Bogoro has said the Fund is living up to its mandate since inception. Read more

TETFund To Support Four Agencies for Drug Production

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, (TETFund), Prof Suleiman Bogoro, said the fund will be providing “mega research support” to four public agencies, led by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development,( NIPRD), … Read more

The Informality of Our Economy Can Change Transformatively Through Digital Transformation

The Senior Economic Adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Chairperson, School of Politics, Policy and Governance, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has posited that the informality of Nigeria’s economy can change transformatively through digital transformation. Read more

Three Federal Poly, Ilaro Students Bag Psychometrics Scholarship Award

A student of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State, Miss Christianah Olafare, has won the N100,000 worth of scholarship award by the International Psychometrics Centre (IPC), …Read more

UNILORIN Holds Convocation, Bars Graduates Without First Class from Attending 

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) says it will hold its 36th Convocation from October 15, this year, with plans to bar graduates without first-class degrees from attending the ceremony. Read more

UNIOSUN VC Seeks Probe of Graft in Varsity System 

Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Prof. Labode Popoola, has urged stakeholders and anti-graft agencies to investigate how resources are utilised in the nation’s university system. Read more

Varsities Groan Under Huge Electricity Bills

By Iyabo Lawal (Lagos); Lawrence Njoku (Enugu); Anietie Akpan (Calabar); Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri); Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi (Jos), Gordi Udeajah (Umuahia), Ayodele Afolabi (Ado Ekiti), Odun Edward (Ilorin), Murtala Adewale (Kano) and Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan). Read more

Vice-Chancellor, Registrar Inducted Fellows of Chartered Institute of Administration

Members of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Administration (CIA) led by their President/Chairman of Council, Administrator Samson Oyedapo Olopade, FCIA, were in Covenant University recently to induct the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo and the Registrar, Dr. Olusegun J. Omidiora into the distinguished Fellowship of the Institute. Read more

 

30 September 2021

179,330 Spaces Lie Fallow in Universities as 225,926 Waste at Polytechnics, Colleges

While many young Nigerians yearly seek admission to tertiary institutions to further their education and are denied the opportunity, in what looks like a paradox, thousands of admission spaces are lying unfilled in those institutions for various reasons. Read more

Africa Centers of Excellence Increase Pool of Researchers

The Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE), coordinated by the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Inter-University Council of East Africa, have graduated a total of 8,100 students made up of 1,600 PhD students and 6,500 masters students since the initiative’s inception in 2014,… Read more

Akwa Ibom to Establish College of Science & Technology

Akwa Ibom state government has announced plans to establish a College of Science and Technology that will run as an intermediary programme to prepare students into Science and bridge the gap of effective science learning preceding tertiary education. Read more

ASUU Decries Lack of Enabling Laws to Protect State Universities

Various state governments that have been establishing universities have been charged to back it up with the necessary legislations. Read more

Covenant Management Underscores Importance of SDG Drive on Sanitation

Covenant University has reinforced her commitment to driving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to Clean Water and Sustainable Environment by promoting ‘Operation Keep Campus Clean’ under the Covenant University Students Support Programme (CUSSP). Read more

Demand for International Study Still Remains Strong

New research shows that, whereas COVID-19 has dampened the international mobility of students from Africa, the numbers of those already pursuing international degrees remained steady. Read more

Despite Over a Million Students without Admission, Universities, Colleges Underutilise Admission Quota

Tertiary institutions in Nigeria failed to utilise over 400,000 admission slots in 2020 despite hundreds of thousands of candidates available to fill such spaces, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has said. Read more

Despite Underfunding of Existing Institutions, Nigerian Lawmakers Want 200 New Universities, Colleges 

Nigeria’s 98 public universities suffer from chronic underfunding; often leading to strikes by lecturers and staff over payment of salaries and other welfare issues. Read more

EKSU Warns ASUU Against Disrespecting, Maligning Varsity’s Governing Council 

The Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, has warned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) against taking steps that could rubbish or cast aspersion on the personalities of members of the Governing Council of the university. Read more

Elizade University VC Advocates Govt Financial Support for Private Institutions

The Vice-Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin in Ondo State, Prof Olukayode Amund, has advocated that the Nigerian government should provide funding support for private universities in the country, saying this would boost university education and fast-track a knowledge-based society. Read more

Engage Genomics, Proteomics, Metagenomics in Solving National Challenges…

The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, says it has become imperative for Nigeria to engage genomics, proteomics, or metagenomics as vital tools in solving pertinent national challenges in her aspiration for national development. Read more

Ex-NUC Boss Blames Satellite Campuses for Half-Baked Graduates

A former Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Peter Okebukola, has said that satellite campuses were responsible for producing poor, half-baked and unemployable graduates in the country. Read more

Experts Call for Zero-Tolerance Policy on Drug ‘Time Bomb’

Drug use among adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa, including a considerable proportion of students at African higher education institutions, confirms the importance of an effective drug prevention policy to prevent further harm to mental health and academic performance. Read more

FG Advocates Strategic Alliance on Science, Technology, Innovation

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has stressed the need to forge a strategic alliance with critical stakeholders in the development of science, technology and innovation (STI). Read more

FG to Sanction Institutions that Give Admissions outside CAPS

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on Tuesday, warned tertiary institutions not to give admissions outside the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS). Read more

Igali Hails FUTA, Congratulates 14 Dons for Winning National Research Grants 

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing council, Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA , Ambassador Godknows Igali has described the institution as a citadel of learning with crop of excellent scientists at par with their contemporaries in other parts of the world. Read more

JAMB: UNILORIN, UNIBEN, UNIMAID among universities that admitted most students in 2020

Ten Nigerian universities alone accounted for one-fifth of the students admitted into Nigerian tertiary institutions last year, data from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shown.Of the 551,553 students admitted into Nigerian universities as of August, 101,034 students gained admission… Read more

LASU Wins 2020 TETFund Research Grants

Two research teams from Lagos State University (LASU), led by a former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Adeniyi Harrison, and the current Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Omobitan, have won the 2020 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) national research fund to the tune of N66.8 million. Read more

MBA Rankings: Schools in Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa on List

Five African business schools are among 286 institutions globally that offer the world’s best Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programmes, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a major ranking provider of analytics and other insights on the higher education sector worldwide. Read more

Meagre Budgets Hamper Education Improvements

In the second of a series of interviews, University World News spoke to Oluwasegun (Segun) Afolaranmi from Lagos in Nigeria, who received a Clarendon scholarship for his masters studies at the University of Oxford. Read more

Mixed Reactions Trail Scrapping of UTME Benchmark

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the recent scrapping of general cut off marks for admission into the country’s tertiary institutions by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Read more

NDE Engages 2,572 Unemployed Graduates

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has recruited and deployed 2,572 unemployed graduates of tertiary institutions across the country to various corporate organisations under its transient job creation scheme. Read more

New LASU VC Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello Assumes Duty

Following her appointment as the ninth substantive vice-chancellor of the Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello has assumed duty on Monday, September 20. Read more

NUC Applauds Newly Appointed Secretary-General of African Universities 

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has expressed confidence in the ability of the newly appointed Secretary-General of the 54-year-old Association of African Universities (AAU), … Read more

President of the Association of African Universities Participates in the Inauguration and Investiture of UNISA’s First Female Vice Chancellor

The President of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Professor Bakri Osman Saeed received a kind invitation from Professor Puleng LenkaBula, the new Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA), to participate in her inauguration ceremony. Read more

Professor Adebayo Canvasses Greater Investment in Digital Resources…

It has become vital for people to access computers and the internet for socio-economic connectivity as the wave of globalization sweeps across the globe, according to the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, … Read more

Proliferation of Universities: ASUU Calls on NASS to Pass the Bill to Amend NUC Act 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the National Assembly to pass the Bill to amend the National Universities Commission Act to address the proliferation of state universities. Read more

Rankings: African Universities have Made Progress Since 2018

African universities at last may be shaking off the longstanding unenviable characterisation of not measuring up to their counterparts in other parts of the world when it comes to providing high-quality teaching, research output, knowledge transfer and international outlook, … Read more

Recruiters Compete for Nigerian Students, Youth Bulge

Competition for the recruitment of Nigerian students who are seeking high-quality university education in foreign destinations has increased in the past few years because of their ability to pay higher tuition fees in comparison to their counterparts from other countries … Read more

Redefining Education in The Developing World

Education has been identified as the ultimate route to escape poverty. It is widely held that if you attend school, graduate, and get a lucrative job, your economic status will automatically be boosted or improved. This is still the case in today’s competitive world. However, it is hugely dependent on the nature or type of education you are receiving. Read more

Researchers in Africa Unite to Tackle Challenges (Africa)

Africa’s researchers from the humanities and natural sciences have resolved to combine efforts and implement solutions unearthed from their findings to tackle major challenges that plague the continent. Read more

Sexual Harassment: NGO Signs MOU with Nasarawa Varsity 

Nasarawa State University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a female rights non-governmental organisation known as Gender Mobile Initiative Against Sexual Harassment to aggressively tackle cases of sex- for-marks and other forms of intimidation suffered by female students… Read more

‘Study for the Greater Purpose of Life Rather than a Degree’

Three African students at the University of Oxford walked away with the top honours in this year’s awards for Rare Rising Stars after being selected from a shortlist of high achievers. The awards celebrate black African and Caribbean-descent university students, sharing positive stories and inspiring future generations. Read more

Targeted, Proactive Efforts Needed to Strengthen Physics

The need for a proactive effort to improve the teaching and researching of physics in Sub-Saharan Africa as a foundation for critically important scientific work has been highlighted in a new report from the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the UK-based Institute of Physics (IOP). Read more

UI, UNILAG, Covenant Listed in World Best University Ranking

Nigerian tertiary institutions – University of Ibadan (UI), University of Lagos (UNILAG), and Covenant University among others were listed in the 2022 World Best University ranking. Read more

UNIBEN VC Orders Immediate Closure of Varsity Over Students’ Protest 

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has announced the immediate closure of the University following the protest that rocked the institution on Tuesday… Read more

UNILAG Centre Gets £1.9m Grant for Urbanisation Studies

The Centre for Housing and sustainable Development (CHSD), University of Lagos has won a grant worth £1.9 million for research on Migration, Urbanisation and Conflict in Africa (MUCA). Read more

Universities Called Upon to Lead Political Engagement

African universities have been called upon to be engaged in political and social activism and take leading roles towards improving the human condition on the continent by exposing inherent dangers of inequalities, exclusion, oppression, racism and other forms of coloniality in society. Read more

Universities have Become Central to COVID-19 Response

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities across the globe are meeting the challenge and playing an enormous role in the response. Learning from this experience will help to ensure that the expertise and unique role of the academic community are fostered for tomorrow’s public health needs. Read more

Varsity Lecturers Decry Exclusion from TETFund Scholarship

University lecturers from the faculties of arts, education, management, and social sciences have decried their exclusion from accessing Masters and Ph.Ds scholarships in any foreign university by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). Read more

VC Race: LASU Governing Council Shortlists 4 Professors for Interview 

The Governing Council of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, have shortlisted four professors for the vacant vice chancellor position. Read more

Visitation Panel Scores Varsities Low on Quality Education 

Presidential Visitation Panel of the University of Abuja observed that tertiary institutions give priority to Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) at the expense of educational quality. Read more

Why Tertiary Institutions Need Policy on Sexual Harassment

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has launched a policy on anti-sexual harassment and warned perpetrators to avoid the menace or face stiff sanctions. Read more

 

31 August 2021

85% of Nigerian Varsities Lack Hostels

Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, says 85 per cent of public varsities in Nigeria lacks hostel facilities. Read more

87 UTME Candidates Get Stanbic IBTC N34.8m Scholarship Award

Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group, has granted scholarship award, worth N34.8 million, to 87 successful candidates who participated in the 2019 and 2020 University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Read more

ANAN Varsity to Kick Off Academic Activities in September

All is set for commencement of academics at the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria University, (ANAN) University in September. Read more

ASUU Seeks 10-Year Ban on New Varsities Accessing TETfund Grants

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal Government to bar state governments proposing to establish new universities from accessing Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) for a minimum of 10 years. Read more

Bar New Varsities from Accessing TETFund Grants – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has urged the Federal Government to bar state governments proposing to establish new universities from accessing Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) for a minimum of 10 years. Read more

Bayelsa Govt. Frets, Pleads with Unions to Shelve Planned Strike

The Bayelsa State Government through the deputy governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has therefore appealed to the labour unions in the various schools not to embark on their planned strike, saying efforts were underway to address their demands. Read more

Competency-Based Curriculum: Universities Lagging Behind

Universities in East Africa need to start realigning their academic programmes to the requirements of the competency-based curriculum (CBC), being implemented at various levels of the basic education system in the region. Read more

Covenant Vice-Chancellor Elected on the Governing Board…

Africa’s foremost private university, Covenant, and her Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, have been hauled to the upper reaches of history courtesy of Professor Adebayo’s election to the Governing Board of the Association of African Universities. Read more

Create Avenue for Researchers to Domesticate Research Findings, …

Former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has charged the National Council on Health (NCH) to urgently create a forum that will allow all landmark research outputs from investigators and research institutions to present their research findings to policymakers and domesticate the evidence. Read more

Educating Ethical Citizens is a Priority for Universities

Africa needs a new type of citizen, a dedicated, modest, honest and informed man [citizen]. A man [citizen] who submerges himself in service to the nation and mankind [humankind]. Read more

Essay Denounces ‘Pervasive’ Racism and Sexism in Science

Sexist and racist discriminatory practices are widespread and entrenched in scientific processes, including in the indicators of success and impact, and have to change to tackle challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change, which necessitate diverse experiences and perspectives to come up with creative solutions. Read more

Expanding Tax Fund to Support HE Spending and Priorities

The leaders of Nigeria’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) have unveiled spending priorities for a government agency that spent NGN300 billion (US$730 million) during the 2020-21 academic year. Read more

Experts Seek Policy on Industry, Academia Partnership

Researchers in Nigeria have advocated the formulation of a national policy on industry and academia partnership to enhance synergy and the transfer of research into products and services. Read more

Expert Urges Nigerian Companies to Partner Universities on Engineering Research

A Nigerian professor has said that lack of collaboration between higher institutions and companies was working against engineering development in the country. Read more

Facilitator Enlightens Students on Imperative of Good Laboratory Practice

An organization or individual risks exposing patients to accident and health hazards, suffering the higher cost of analysis due to investigation, and including legal and regulatory sanctions should good laboratory practice be compromised. Read more

FG to Expend N292.66 Billion in Select Public Universities, Polytechnics

The Federal Government has approved the disbursement of N292.66 billion to select public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education across the country. Read more

Graduates to be ‘Uxported’ Under Skills Partnership Model

Chronic unemployment of university graduates in Sub-Saharan Africa is driving universities and other tertiary institutions in the region into forming partnerships with some European countries to train middle-level migrant workers to fill skills shortages that exist in those foreign labour markets … Read more

Investment Opportunities in Education are Beckoning

Africa has one of the strongest opportunities for growth in tertiary education globally despite sloppy quality credentials, a new survey shows, riding on sustained economic expansion. Read more

I Started a Consultancy to Train University Students on Data Management

Every time I listened to reports from different media outlets, I became increasingly convinced that some of the challenges Africa faces can be addressed if we invested more in research. Read more

JAMB, Heads of Tertiary Institutions Decide 2021 /2022 Admission Cut-Off Point Aug 31

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) and heads of tertiary institutions will on August 31 at a Policy Meeting, peg the minimum cut – off mark for 2021/ 2022 admissions. Read more

JAMB Releases Mop-Up UTME Results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of over 17,000 candidates who sat for the Mop-Up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Read more.

Lagos Moves to Establish 2 Additional Universities

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to deliver two additional universities to Lagosians. They are the university of education and another one for science and technology. Read more

LASU VC Crisis: Fresh Controversy as New Governing Council Begins Selection Process

The new development in LASU polarises the university along two lines of PhD holders and holders of medical fellowships. Read more

Minister Extols SWAN on Girl-Child Education

The Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, has urged relevant stakeholders to as a matter of priority educate the girl-child in order to give them the ability to make informed choices. Read more

New AAU Leadership Wants to Increase its Membership

The Association of African Universities or AAU has appointed Professor Olusola Bandele Oyewole, the former vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria, as its secretary general. He will take over from Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile, who has been at the helm for the past nine years. Read more

No Plan to Reverse Fee Hike, Says Babangida Varsity

The Vice Chancellor, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), Niger State, Prof. Abu Kasim, has said that a total reversal of the recent increase in the institution’s tuition fee may be impossible. Read more

NUC Approves Babcock Varsity’s Open, Distance E-Learning

Babcock University Ilishan-Remo, has joined the league of universities licensed to run open distance and e-learning programme in Nigeria. Read more

OAU Management Will Make the Institution Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

The Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede has concluded plans to make the institution “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment and other social vices. Read more

Oyewole Named Association of African Universities Secretary-General 

The outgoing president of the Association of African Universities (AAU) governing board, Prof. Antonio Orlando Quilambo, rector of Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique, has announced the appointment of Prof. Olusola Bandele Oyewole as the secretary-general for AAU,… Read more

Prof. Bogoro Charges IAR&T on Problem-Solving, Nation-Fixing Multidisciplinary Research

As part of efforts towards making Nigeria a knowledge economy and attaining food sufficiency, the Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro has called on the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) of Obafemi Awolowo University… Read more

Scholar Enlightens Researchers on Fundamentals of Systemic Review

Researchers at Covenant University were recently exposed to a scientific research process when a scholar, Dr Kingsley Ukwaja, enlightened them on a methodical approach to reviewing at a Webinar organized by the Covenant University Centre for Research Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID). Read more

TETFund Disburses N300bn to 226 Tertiary Institutions

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has said it has disbursed more than N300 billion this year to about 226 tertiary institutions for staff members training and infrastructure development. Read more

TETfund Executes 10,000 Projects, Trains 30,000 Academic Staff

In the 10 years of its establishment, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) has executed more than 10,000 projects across Nigerian higher institutions and trained over 30,000 university staff to obtain Masters and PhD degrees in both Federal and State Government-owned institutions. Read more

TETFund Gets Draft Bill to Float Research Foundation

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has received the draft executive bill to establish the National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF). Read more

TETFund Injected N2.5trn in Tertiary Institutions in 10 Years

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has injected about N2.5 trn in infrastructure and staff development in public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the last 10 years. Read mor

TETFUND Scholarship Beneficiaries Lament Shortage of Fund

Some of the lecturers under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND academic staff training and development programme have lamented the shortage of funds to enable them complete their studies abroad. Read more

Tokyo Olympics: What is the Role of Universities in Sport?

Africa’s poor performance in the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo highlighted the role that universities on the continent could play to help prepare sports stars for the international sports stage, similar to the work done by institutions in other parts of the world, notably the United States. Read more

Top 100 Universities in Nigeria Emerge

The University of Ibadan, UI, has been ranked as the number one university in Nigeria. Read more

UNILAG Centre for Housing Advocates Multi-Disciplinary Research in Varsities

The Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, University of Lagos has called for Multi-disciplinary Research (MDR) approach to projects in universities across Africa. They also sought a robust and more unified methodology to researches with vast knowledge on various fields to boost capacity in Africa. Read more

31 July 2021

Ahmad Rabiu’s Initiative Awards UNIBEN N1bn Infrastructure Grant

The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative has awarded a N1bn infrastructure grant to the University of Benin as part of its 2021 Tertiary Education Grants Scheme. Read more

‘As Custodians of Higher Education … We Cannot Fail Our People’

It has been asserted that, apart from the Black Death of the Middle Ages in Europe and the Spanish Influenza of 1918, which spread to every nook and cranny of the world (except the tiny island of St Helena), nothing like the present COVID-19 pandemic has ever shaken the world health system to its foundations. Read more

ASUU Threatens Fresh Strike Over IPPIS, Others

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended since December 2020 over the Federal Government’s alleged failure to honour many of the agreements it signed with the Union. Read more

Caleb Varsity Matriculates 1,900 Students

Caleb University, Imota, Lagos has matriculated a total of 1,900 students made up of 1,353 undergraduates, 216 who were admitted through the Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB), … Read more

CBN Partners Tertiary Institutions to Finance Fresh Graduates

To address rising youth unemployment in the country, particularly that of fresh graduates, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has proposed to partner tertiary institutions to foster entrepreneurship among youths by supporting them with start-up capital for their enterprises upon graduation. Read more

Challenges in Contexts of Conflict

Schools, colleges and universities are comparatively ‘soft’ targets where large numbers of people gather. Military, government and civil buildings are increasingly well-guarded. By contrast, educational institutions are less protected, more vulnerable and …Read more

Covenant, CBN to Partner on Entrepreneurship Scheme for Graduates

Nigeria’s foremost private University, Covenant, is among the select Universities proposed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for its Tertiary Institutions’ Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES). Read more

Covenant Wins 2021 International Green Gown Award…

Covenant University’s status as one of the world’s leading institutions in Goal 13 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Climate Action – has been validated by her emergence as winner of the 2021 International Green Gown Award for the Next Generation Learning Skills Small Institution Category. Read more

COVID-19: UNIPORT Orders Compulsory Use of Face Mask on Campus

Rivers is among the states that have been put on red alert by the federal government because of the Delta variant of COVID-19 infection. Read more

Digital Centres in Six Countries to Build Competence

The Association of African Universities (AAU), in partnership with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne) in Switzerland, launched centres of competence in digital education (centres de compétence en éducation numérique), or C-CoDE, at the AAU’s recent general conference. Read more

E-Learning is Getting Stuck in the Digital Divide

With 82% of students in Sub-Saharan Africa stranded without internet access, many African universities’ valiant efforts to embrace online delivery got stuck in the digital divide. COVID-19 has shown that affordable, accessible internet is more necessary than ever. Read more

Emefiele Urges Universities to Focus on Entrepreneurship Devt

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has stressed the need for Nigerian universities to focus more on entrepreneurship development in order to address the surging youth unemployment in the country. Read more

FG Appoints 43 Traditional Rulers as Varsity Chancellors

The Federal Government on Thursday approved the appointment of 43 traditional rulers as chancellors and 27 other individuals as pro-chancellors of some federal universities and inter-university centres. Read more

FG Approves N8.5bn for Medical Research, Others

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), has approved N8.5 billion naira for the conduct of ground-breaking research in medicine and other areas in 2021, under the National Research Fund, a scheme funded by the Tertiary Education Trust. Read more

FG to Site Fed University of Technology in Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom

The Federal Government of Nigeria has resolved to site the Federal University of Technology Akwa Ibom in Ikot Abasi local government area of the state. Read more

FG Will Implement Fully Recommendations of Visitation Panels to Universities 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday disclosed that the visitation panels approved to all Federal Universities and Inter-University Centres will soon submit their report, assuring that the government is committed to the full implementation of all acceptable recommendations of the panels. Read more

FRC to Partner Tertiary Institutions on Fiscal Responsibility 

In a bid to deepen fiscal responsibility in Nigeria, the Fiscal Responsibility Commission is seeking strong partnership with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and the National Universities Commission (NUC). Read more

Fresh Varsity Strike Looms, FG, ASUU Resume Fight on Payment Platforms

The Federal Government on Tuesday denied allegations that it had breached agreements it reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Read more

FUPRE VC Canvasses Partnership on Funding of Education

Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh, has urged the Federal Government to partner reputable public-spirited individuals, corporate bodies, national and multi-national organisations to broaden sources of funding for education in Nigeria. Read more

Good Command of English Critical to Accomplishment, Says Media Veteran

A doyen of newscasting in the Nigerian broadcast media, Mrs Bimbo Oloyede, has emphasized the importance of good speech to the attainment of success irrespective of one’s profession and position. Read more

House Passes Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill

The House of Representatives at the plenary yesterday passed for second reading a bill seeking to prohibit and punish sexual harassment of students by educators in tertiary institutions. Read more

IPPIS Undermining University Autonomy

The barrage of visitors to the universities from all sorts of agencies of government on “inspection,” “oversight,” “review,” “assessment,” “appraisal,” and similar terminologies have made a complete mess of any autonomy… Read more

Lagos Assembly Proposes Two New Universities for State

The lawmakers also proposed that the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) and the Michael Otedola College of Education be upgraded to a university. Read more

Political will Needed to Create the Ideal Post-Pandemic University

Digital infrastructure and connectivity, capacity-building for academic staff and students to use digital learning tools, quality assurance in the online study environment and stronger leadership from governments to bring about these changes are some of the measures that are required to create the post-pandemic African university. Read more

Quality Higher Education ‘Indispensable’ for Africa’s Future

Higher education in Africa and around the world is in a moment of rapid transition and transformation, thanks to the massive disruptions of COVID-19 that have accelerated long-term trends and exposed and exacerbated the sector’s systemic deficiencies and inequalities. Read more

Senator Odebiyi’s Bold Step to Prioritise Education

Ayinde Grace, a proud student of University of Lagos, commended Senator Odebiyi for being a great philanthropist and lover of youths. “I really thank God in your life sir, because without Him it is impossible for you to do this great and uplifting job you are doing in Ogun West. Read more

Solid Foundation in Mathematics Launchpad to Rewarding Career

Asides from being widely applied in various aspects of risk management, Mathematics is also commonly applied in multiple facets of life such as business, engineering and medical sciences. Read more

UNESCO Inaugurates Plant Biotechnology Chair in Covenant University

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) now has a Chair endowed in Covenant University in recognition for her outstanding contributions and performance in a particular field of competence beneficial to humanity. Read more

UI Professors Speak on Council’s Decision to Restart VC Race

Some professors at the University of Ibadan (UI) have backed the decision of the newly constituted university council to restart the process of electing the 13th Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the institution. Read more

UNILORIN Ranks 3rd Best Varsity in Nigeria

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has been ranked among the top three universities in Nigeria, by AD Scientific Index, a leading global ranking body based in Turkey. Read more

Universities And Fake Certificates

Recently, the Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said many institutions are still in the habit of awarding certificates to people who do not attend universities. Read more

Universities Need Policies for Knowledge Management

Formulating a policy for knowledge management and setting up an institutional repository, a research and publication office and departmental committee to support researchers are some of the measures required to boost knowledge management capability in African higher education institutions. Read more

Varsity, Poly Lecturers Issue Fresh Ultimatum to FG Over Salaries

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Monday, issued a fresh ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay the outstanding 10-month arrears of its members’ salaries or be prepared for another industrial action. Read more

Varsity Set to Run Part-Time Programmes

The Katsina State-owned Umaru Musa Yar’adua University has disclosed that it has concluded arrangements to commence part-time degree programmes. It is expected to begin initial 15 programmes. Read more

Varsity Suspends Six Students for Malpractices in Rivers

The Management of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) has suspended six students for engaging in examination-related offences. Read more

 

30 June 2021

8,000 Varsity Students Get Employability Training

The Lagos State Office of the Special Adviser on Education said on Wednesday that it was training additional 8,000 final year and penultimate students in entrepreneurship and employability skills through the Jobs Initiative Lagos. Read more

Alleged Fraud: NAUS Demands Removal of Ekiti Varsity VC

The National Association of Universities Students, NAUS, Monday, called on the authority to investigate alleged fraud and involving the Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Oye- Ekiti, Professor Abayomi Fashina. Read more

Again, JAMB Delists Six CBT Centres

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has delisted an additional six Computer Based Centres (CBT) over poor performance on the second day of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Read more

Benue Govt to Recruit 3,172 Academic, Non-Academic Staff for Tertiary Institutions, …

Benue state government has approved the employment of over 3,172 teaching and non-teaching staff for tertiary institutions as well as teachers for the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB. Read more

Court Awards N5m Against Lecturer for Victimising Student

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos has awarded N5 million in general and exemplary damages against a lecturer, Mr. Thaddeus Longduut, for victimizing a masters student, Georgia Mark Davou and causing her not to graduate from her Economics Masters program. Read more

Covenant, ACCA Commit to Mutually Beneficial Relationship

The relationship between Covenant University and the global professional accounting body, the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA), is primed to yield great dividends for faculty and staff of the University, according to disclosures by the body. Read more

Entrepreneur Counsels Covenant Students on Building Blocks to Successful Business Partnership

Akin-Olotu, Guest Speaker at a recent Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Sociology, Covenant University, made the assertion while speaking on “How to Build a Great Partnership as a Sociologist for a Thriving Business in the 21st Century”. Read more

Hard work, Networking, Others Propel Female Engineers to Success…

An accomplished female engineer, Engr. (Mrs) Margaret Oguntala, has urged female engineering students at Covenant University not to see their gender as an impediment to success in their chosen career. See yourself more as a professional than a woman and relate with your peers professionally, she advised. Read more

JAMB: NIN Uncovered 500,000 Fake UTME Candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday said the introduction of the National Identification Number (NIN) in the 2021/2022 exam registration helped it to uncover over 500,000 fake candidates. Read more

Kaduna Varsity Students Locked Out of School for Protesting Hike in Tuition

The state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai had increased their tuition by 200 percent, leading to a protest. Read more

Nigerian Govt Establishes Four New Universities in Osun, Jigawa, Others

The president also approved a take-off grant of N4 billion each for the Universities of Technology and N5 billion each for the Universities of Health Science from the funding resources of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). Read more

Never Underestimate Any Tertiary Institution, Partnership Improves Output…

For research and effective learning, Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria have been charged to partner with each other. Read more

Nigeria Misses Out as 31 African Institutions Make QS Rankings of Best Varsities Globally

The universities in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, have failed to make the 1300 tertiary institutions listed in the 2022 QS world university rankings. Read more

Okowa Lauds TETFund for Contributions to Educational Development

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Wednesday commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its role in the growth and development of tertiary education in the country. Read more

Ondo Varsity Students Protest Over Rape, Armed Robbery by Hoodlums

The SUG president said hoodlums rob students of their valuables like phones, laptops, gadgets and rape female students at gunpoint, and four female students were raped two weeks ago. Read more

Our Salaries Have Been Mutilated by IPPIS, Made Us Poorer

As the controversial introduction of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by the federal government continue to create problems in the education sector of the country particularly tertiary education which has led to prolonged industrial action crippling smooth learning, … Read more

Provost Queried for Suspending 20 Students Who Refused to Welcome Buhari to Borno

The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Juliana Bitrus, has queried the Provost of the College of Nursing and Midwifery, Rakiya Mustapha, for suspending 20 students who disobeyed an executive order that required them to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari during his last visit. Read more

Save the Children is “Horrified” by Reports of 80 College Students Abducted in Nigeria

“Save the Children is horrified by reports that 80 students have been abducted from their college in Kebbi State. Their safety and well-being remain our primary concern, and our hearts go out to them and their families. We call for their immediate and unconditional release and a safe return to their families.” Read more

Stakeholders Endorse Virtual Learning, Private Funding for Tertiary Education

About 200 students graduated from the virtual MBA programme of the university. Majekodunmi disclosed that the idea of having online MBA was conceived five years ago. Read more

Strive to be Unique in Business, Says eTranzact CEO

Dr Obi, Speaker at the virtual Leadership Development Masterclass organized by the African Leadership Development Centre (ALDC) of Covenant University, described strategy as what would make a particular organization different and provide a competitive advantage. Read more

UTG and OAU Sign Agreement to Further Areas of Cooperation

Banjul, June 10th 2021- On behalf of the University of The Gambia (UTG), the Vice Chancellor, Professor Faqir Muhammad Anjum, has signed additional agreements to further cooperation with the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), lle-Ife, Nigeria. Read more

 

31 May 2021

100 Students Hospitalised in Ekiti Varsity

At least 100 Students of the College of Health Sciences and Technology in Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti state, were hospitalised on Wednesday. Read more

Addressing Equity and Resilience in the Wake of COVID-19

Last year, roughly 222 million students were enrolled in formal post-secondary education around the world, more than doubling the 100 million student enrolment figure from 2000. Read more

ASUU Continues Strike as Emmanuel Orders Akwa Ibom Varsity Reopening

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has ordered the reopening of Akwa Ibom State University. Read more

Béatrice Khaiat, General Director of Campus France Concluded a Partnership Convention with the TETFund.

University cooperation between France and Nigeria reached a new important step on Monday 17 May 2021. Read more

Covenant Enactus Team Bags 2021 International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Award

The Covenant University Enactus team has emerged winner of the 2021 International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) award in the category of ‘Whole System Approach’ for its PET City Bricks project. Team Covenant, consecutive (2019 and 2020) winner of the Enactus Nigeria National Championship, became the first African University to win the award since its inception in 2009. Read more

Edo University Uzairue Gains Global Recognition

Edo State University, Uzairue, has been ranked among Nigeria’s elite tertiary institutions within the short period of its establishment, after being ranked fourth in the country, in its first time of being assessed in the 2021 World Impact Rankings of Universities. Read more

FG Mulls Elevation of Survey Institute to Varsity

The federal government has disclosed plan to elevate the oldest specialised institution for the teaching of surveying and geo-informatics in Nigeria, the Federal School of Surveying in Oyo, Oyo State established in 1908, to a university. Read more

Higher Institutions Must Imbibe Strategic Fundraising Culture, Says Amin

Prof. Jibrila Amin has stressed the need for higher institutions in Nigeria to imbibe the culture and techniques of strategic fundraising that would enable them manage endowments. Read more

How 37 Tech Colleges Excelled Despite COVID-19

The 2019/2020 academic session was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nevertheless, students in terminal classes still had to sit for external examinations. Read more

Kano Approves New Minimum Wage for Lecturers

The Kano State Executive Council (SEC) has approved the implementation of a new minimum wage for academic and non-academic staff of the two state-owned universities. Read more

Kano Varsity Arrests 17 Suspects Over Female Hostels’ Attacks

The management of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has announced the expulsion of six of its students for various offences, including the gang-rape of a female colleague in one of the hostels. Read more

LASU, U.S. Varsity Sign MoU on GNS Courses

The Lagos State University (LASU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Triune Biblical University (TBU), United States global extension to teach students in Nigeria General Nigerian Studies (GNS) courses. Read more

Licences to Expand Nigeria’s Private Higher Education Sector

Nigeria’s National Universities Commission (NUC) has moved ahead with a major expansion of Nigeria’s private higher education sector, granting provisional licences to 20 new private universities. Read more

MTU VC Calls for Focus on Entrepreneurial Studies

The Vice-Chancellor of Mountain Top University, Ogun State, Prof. Elijah Ayolabi, has urged the Nigerian government to pay attention to the development and funding of entrepreneurial studies in tertiary institutions. Read more

Ondo Varsity Laments as 200-Level Student Commits Suicide

The management of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, on Thursday, said it would investigate the reason behind the death of one of its students, Feranmi Fasunle. Read more

Only 1% of UTME Candidates Apply to Polytechnics

The polytechnic lecturers in the country have expressed their disappointment that only about one per cent admission seekers into tertiary institutions in the country are actually applying to polytechnics on a yearly basis. Read more

‘Private Varsities Responding to Repositioning of Tertiary Education System’

Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Edo State, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, yesterday, declared that private universities were responding to the repositioning of Nigeria’s education system to meet international standards and compete with other institutions globally. Read more

Science Fund Targets Agriculture Innovations in West Africa

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), one of Africa’s biggest science funds, is rolling out €2.7 million (about US$3.3 million) in grants for innovations in agriculture, targeted at universities and research institutions in West Africa. Read more

University of Maiduguri Receives N1 Billion Grant

University of Maiduguri is one of the six Nigerian Universities in a first cohort that will benefit from a donation of N1 billion each from the initiative as part of its Tertiary Education Grants Scheme. Read more

UNN Visitation Panel Calls for Memoranda

Federal Government’s Visitation Panel to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has called on the institution’s community to submit their memoranda and be actively involved in the assessment of the university for its overall development. Read more

We Can’t Fund Varsities Alone, Says Obaseki

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has said that the federal and state governments cannot fund tertiary institutions alone. Read more

 

30 April 2021

Africa’s Best World Class Private Varsity of the Decade in Quality Education

To the glory of God, Covenant University has risen to another epochal height by emerging Africa’s Best World Class Private University of the Decade in Quality Education. Read more

African University Leaders Sign SDG Agreement

The vice-chancellors of four leading African universities have committed their institutions to work towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a global pact signed by 56 heads of higher education institutions. Read more

Ekiti Varsity Workers Protest Over Unpaid Allowances

Lecturers and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities at the Ekiti State University have occupied the campus to press home their pending demands from the state government and the university management. Read more

Fairness, Thoroughness Vital to Accreditation Exercises – Accreditation Team Leader

Accreditation teams to the programmes of Covenant University – Mass Communication, Biological Sciences, Economics, and Political Science and International Relations – have assured the University Management of fairness and thoroughness in the evaluation of resources for the programmes. Read more

FG Inaugurates Councils of 5 Universities

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Monday in Abuja inaugurated Governing Councils of five federal universities, urging them to respect federal character in the appointment of members of staff. Read more

Higher Education Has a Role in Curbing Disinformation

Higher education communication experts can help to curb misinformation through lectures and conferences, but the responsibility to counter false information has to be shared by the government, influencers, opinion-shapers, the media and the public. Read more

Humans of J-WEL: Ada Sonia Peter, Covenant University

Based off of Humans of New York, Humans of J-WEL is a new series designed to build our global community, allowing our members to get to know one another by sharing each another’s deep knowledge, expertise, and challenges. Read more

Knowledge of Prevailing Software, Others Critical to Excellence in Civil Engineering

Engr. Adebayo, Guest Speaker at the first Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant University, for the Alpha Semester of the 2020/2021 Academic Session, urged the students to always improve their skills to remain competitive. Read more

Minister Tasks Varsities on Research

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has  charged universities, tertiary and research institutions to intensify research and development in critical areas of science for positive impact on Nigerians. Read more

Nigeria Needs More Varsities – FG

The Federal Government has said that the country needed more universities in order to address the challenge of access to tertiary education. Read more

Only Universities have Powers of Admissions, not External Body…

The University of Abuja has pointedly told the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, that it lacked constitutional powers to meddle in admissions into universities. Read more

Process to Select Vice-Chancellors Flawed, but Can be Fixed

Some universities in Nigeria are in crisis over the selection of vice-chancellors. From Ibadan to LagosOye Ekiti and Dutse, things have not been running smoothly. Read more

Reps Reject High Acceptance Fees by Universities, Polytechnics, Others
House of Representatives Wednesday expressed worry over the huge amount of money paid by students in the nation’s tertiary institutions as acceptance fees. Read more

School of Business Concludes Training of Trainers in Entrepreneurship…

The School of Business on Friday 16th April 2021 successfully concluded the ARUA EIMEC training of trainers in entrepreneurship and Innovation program.  The 12 day training brought about participants from universities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Nigeria. Read more

The Way Nigeria Selects Vice-Chancellors is Deeply Flawed…

Some universities in Nigeria are in crisis over the selection of vice-chancellors. From Ibadan to Lagos, Oye Ekiti and Dutse, things have not been running smoothly. Read more

Think Career Not Qualification, Expert Admonishes Covenant Students

A Human Resource expert, Mr. Tolu Adedayo, has advised Covenant University students from the Department of Biochemistry to focus on career development instead of qualifications as the world has evolved from qualification-focused to career-focused. Read more

UNESCO, WAC Sign Agreement to Boost Quality Assurance of Higher Education Systems

The resolution was sequel to a motion titled “Need to Investigate the Acceptance Fees Charged by Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria”, sponsored by Hon. Julius O. Ihonvbere from Edo State at the plenary. Read more

Until Govt Values Education, Reading Culture Won’t Improve

The Vice-Chancellor, Mountain Top University, MTU, Prof. Elijah Ayolabi, has said for reading culture to improve in the country, the government must place a high premium on education. Read more

Varsities Must Place Emphasis on Skills Above Certificate —FG

The Federal Government has tasked universities in Nigeria to redesign their curriculum to lay more emphasis on building skills in students, saying this should be a major consideration above issuance of certificates to those who are usually referred to as half-baked and unemployable. Read more

 

31 March 2021

ASUU to FG: Varsities will be Shut Down Again If…

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume its suspended strike over non-payment of salaries and alleged victimisation of members. Read more

AOCOED Should be Converted into University

Members of the College of Education Academic Staff Union, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education chapter, AOCOED chapter, have called on Lagos State Government to change the status of the oldest tertiary institution in the state into a university. Read more

Automation Expert Encourages Students on Creation of Robots

Students of engineering at Covenant University have been encouraged not to see a Robot as extraordinary because of the lack of technology for its creation. They can acquire the capacity to create a robot if they so desire. Read more

Building Robust Human Relationship Key to Successful World of Work – Sociologist

A recent ‘Town and Gown’ seminar organized by the Department of Sociology, Covenant University, brought the importance of maintaining relevant networks and connections in the corporate world to the fore. Read more

Disruptive Innovator Urges Women to Take Action

A disruptive innovator, Mrs Foluke Micheals, has urged women in Nigeria and worldwide to play important roles to lead better. She encouraged women to make responsible decisions to help protect and preserve the environment, like actions that reduce carbon emissions. Read more

Expert Seeks Anti-Drug Abuse Units in Tertiary Institutions

The Assistant Commander of Narcotics, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr David Enoch Kumchi, has called for the establishment of a drug-free counselling unit and the engagement of the nation’s drugs enforcement agency toward preventing the smuggling of hard drugs into institutions of higher learning. Read more

FAAN Set to Develop Policy Framework to Mitigate Sexual Harassment in Varsities

Members of the Fulbright Alumni Association Of Nigeria (FAAN) spread across the tertiary institutions and government circle in the country have converged on Bowen University campus to deliberate and develop a policy framework that would be efficient and effective enough to address the increasing rate of sexual harassment… Read more

FG Bars Senate from Upgrading Adamawa Health Facilities to Tertiary Hospitals

The Federal Government has rejected plans by the Senate to upgrade some medical facilities to tertiary health institutions in Adamawa State. Read more

FG Inaugurates Hybrid Solar Power Project in Petroleum Varsity

The federal government has inaugurated a 1.35-Megawatt Solar Hybrid Power project at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State. Read more

KNUST Renews Partnership Accord with Madonna University in Nigeria

Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Madonna University in Nigeria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to renew existing collaboration between the two Universities. Read more

Nigeria University Lecturer’s Agreement Today

ASUU strike update be say Nigeria federal goment and university lecturers wey dey under Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] meet and reach one agreement on Friday. Read more

Obaseki Assures of More Funding for Basic, Tech Education

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, has said that his administration would continue to invest in basic education as well as Technical and Vocational Education, TVET. Read more

PBL Skills for University Academic Faculty Across Sub-Saharan Africa

A new generation of skilled and entrepreneurial graduates becomes reality through reforming the curricula from subject-based to competence-based. Read more

Public Universities Still Struggling with Virtual Learning 

As the world battles the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, public universities in Nigeria are still struggling to cope with virtual learning, despite the attention brought to it in the wake of the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus disease. Read more

Toronto Film School Appoints Carpa Education as Official Representative for Nigeria

Carpa Education has been appointed an official representative of Toronto Film School and Yorkville University in Nigeria. This will allow Nigerian Students to apply, get accepted, and study online in the interim, pending when the lock-down is lifted. Read more

UI, 5 Others Ranked In 2021 Emerging Economies University Rankings

At least, six tertiary institutions of learning in Nigeria have been ranked among an overall 606 universities across the world in the latest release of the 2021 Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings. Read more

UI only Nigerian varsity to Make QS World University Rankings for 2021

UI made the list for the study of Medicine and Agriculture & Forestry — with the varsity’s best performance coming from Medicine. Read more

UNICAL to Bonour Innoson, Ibitoye, as 22 Bag First Class

The Vice-Chancellor University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi has revealed that 22 graduands of the institution bagged first-class honours in their various fields of study out of the 4,955 graduands. Read more

UNILAG Ranks 172 in 2021 Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings

Today, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) was ranked 172 out of 606 universities from in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings. This is a notable elevation from the University falling within the ranking range of 201–250 last year. Read more

 

28 February 2021

Alumni Appreciate Covenant Management, Unfold Plans for Students

Mrs Onabanjo-Joseph said the association was ready to partner with the University to help the current students get prepared for the world of work, and inculcate in them the essence of working hard and becoming a member of the alumni association. Read more

Barnstone Studios Announces New Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship Winner…

A Nigerian man is the latest to win a Barnstone Studios Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship. The 6-month master class provides a strong foundation in drawing. Read more

Elusive Peace in Ebonyi Varsity as Government, ASUU Disagree

State-owned universities in Nigeria, unlike their federal counterparts, are oftentimes bogged down by inadequate funding and dearth of infrastructure. Read more

Federal Varsities have Lost one Academic Session due to ASUU Strike, Says Ministry

The Federal Ministry of Education, yesterday, confirmed that all federal universities across the country have lost one full academic session as a result of the industrial strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Read more

Gbajabiamila Installs Free WiFi in Six Public Tertiary Institutions in Lagos

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has facilitated the installation of free Wi-Fi in six public tertiary institutions in Lagos State for ease of learning. Read more

Growth in Fraudulent University Test Centres Spreads North

Nigeria’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has raised an alarm over the influx of fraudulent computer-based test (CBT) centres in some parts of the North. Read more

Nigerian Universities to Sport Africa’s Largest Solar Hybrid Project

With over half of Nigeria’s population under the age of eighteen, the future of the nation lies with its youth. Empowering this majority demographic is at the centre of the Rural Electrification Agency’s (REA) mandate, which brought to life the Energising Education Programme (EEP). Read more

NOUN Opens Study Centre In Ohafia, Abia

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has opened a study centre in Asaga-Ohafia community in Abia to expand access to higher education in the area through the open and distance learning programme. Read more

Proliferation of Private Varsities Won’t Solve Education Problems

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that the proliferation of private universities in the country would not solve the problems of access and quality education. Read more

Row Over Rise in House Rent

Students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) are desperate for accommodation outside campus, following the reduction in number of students in hostels by school authorities to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Read more

Scrutiny of Illegal Foreign Providers to be Intensified

The Nigerian government will continue to closely monitor illegal foreign higher education providers trying to get a foothold in the country’s education space amid a growing demand for qualifications that cannot be satisfied by existing private and public universities. Read more

UTME: JAMB Vows to Prosecute 200 Exam Fraudsters

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Tuesday stated that the North was fast becoming the epicenter for examination malpractices in the country. Read more

 

31 January 2021

Covenant Students Back on Campus, Commend Resumption Protocols

Nigeria’s foremost private tertiary institution, Covenant University, is currently a beehive of activities as freshmen and returning students arrived on campus to continue their academic pursuits. Read more

Delta Upgrades 3 Tertiary Institutions to Varsities

Delta state government, Wednesday, said it has upgraded polytechnic and college of education to universities in the state to accommodate students who are qualified, but have no space for admission. Read more

Fresh Strike Looms as University Workers Issue Ultimatum

Hope of a peaceful reopening of universities in Nigeria after the suspension of the strike by lectures may be dashed following a 14-day strike notion issued by the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) to the federal government… Read more

High Electricity Tariff May Cripple Universities – Vice-Chancellor

Vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, has warned that the suspension of the nine-month-old strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may not be enough to guarantee a smooth academic session in Nigeria’s institutions… Read more

Kano Tertiary Institution’s to reopen 18th January

Kano State Government have on Friday announced the re-opening of all tertiary institution in the state from 18th January, 2021. Read more

Legacy of COVID-19 will be Better Online Capability

COVID-19 has been tough for all Nigerian higher education institutions, their staff and students, but one bright spot has been the fact that universities have developed remote learning capacities that will stand them in good stead in the future. Read more

Ministry Orders Vice-Chancellors to Start with Classes

After 10 months, during which public universities in Nigeria remained closed due to industrial action and the first wave of COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria has instructed vice-chancellors to reopen campuses for teaching and research. Read more

Nigeria has a Shortage of 277,537 Teachers in Basic Education Sector, Says UBEC

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Bobboyi, has revealed that Nigeria had a shortage of 277, 537 teachers at the basic level… Read more

Ogun Sets Up Education Trust Fund

Ogun State government has set up a Tertiary Education Trust Fund to tackle infrastructural decay and deficit in the state-owned tertiary institutions. Read more

Professor Adebayo, Others Highlight Leadership Traits to Emulate at Training for Academic Leaders

The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Abiodun H. Adebayo, has highlighted the crucial role of leadership in driving to fruition the University’s short and long-term visions. Read more

TETfund Boss Tasks Stakeholders on Knowledge-Based Economy

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund), on Saturday urged stakeholders to galvanise support towards building a knowledge-based economy for the country. Read more

Three Issues that Shaped Education in 2020

Many private tertiary institutions, state universities, polytechnics and colleges of education implemented staggered resumption dates and classes in line with the COVID-19 safety protocols set by the Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC)… Read more

Why Leadership Training Should be Institutionalised

The disruptions in higher education activities due to COVID-19, coupled with the prolonged staff strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the powerful pillar representing all the teaching personnel within government-owned universities in Nigeria, have exposed the quality of leadership… Read more

Yabatech Loses Staff to COVID-19, Shuts Hostels

The Director of Academic Planning of the Yaba College of Technology, Yabatech, Mr M.A.O Omoighe, has died following complications from the Coronavirus disease… Read more

You’ve Done Better Than Any of Us, Former LASU VCs, Okebukola, Leigh Tell Fagbohun

…, Professor Peter Okebukola and a former Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU) Ojo, Professor Abisogun Leigh, have openly declared that the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of LASU, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun did better for LASU than any of his predecessors. Read more

 

31 December 2020

226 Tertiary Institutions to Benefit from N500 Billion TETFund Education Tax in 2021

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, has announced that 226 universities and colleges of education are to benefit from the N500 billion education tax target set for 2021. Read more

Closure of University Health Service (JAJA Clinic) for 7days…

The University community is hereby informed that a client who was 1st seen on 10 December and later admitted in the University Health Centre overnight of 13/14 December tested positive to COVID-19. Read more

Education Standard on the Downward Trend -Education Minister, Adamu Adamu

Adamu, who spoke Thursday at the commissioning of 7 various projects the Federal College of Education, YOLA frowned at a situation where many graduating students in our tertiary institutions do not know how to read should be of serious concern to all and sundry. Read more

JAMB Awards N375m to 5 Best Performing Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria 

The University of Ilorin won the Most Subscribed Institution by Candidates award, while Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, won the Most National Institution in Admission of Candidates. Read more

Johnson Sirleaf Becomes Chairman Eastern Palm University

Former president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been appointed as chairman of the governing council of the Eastern Palm University, Ogboko, in Imo State. Read more

Law School at National Open University Back on Track

The law faculty of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will be permitted to accept new students again and past graduates will be able to proceed to the Nigerian Law School… Read more

My Intention was to Change Nigeria Through Education

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has revealed that his administration’s interest was to change the society through education. Read more

Nigeria Leads in Sub-Sahara Student Mobility

University students in Sub-Saharan Africa have become the most mobile tertiary students in the world, as about 5% of the 8.1 million tertiary students on the continent have crossed a border… Read more

Nigerian University Lecturers Suspend 9-Month Long Strike

The Academic Staff Union of University in Nigeria has suspended its strike on condition, ending a 9-month long industrial action. Read more

Panel Ignites Discussion About Technical Education

The Development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) sparked robust discussions about the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) among education researchers… Read more

Students Vow to Take Action if Strike Continues

The newly elected president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Sunday Asefon, has vowed that the students’ body would shut down all private universities in Nigeria if the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) fails to call off the nine month-long strike embarked on by its members. Read more

TETFund eyes N8.5bn Research fund for 2021

The Board of Trustees of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has approved an increase of the national research fund to the tune of N8.5 billion in 2021 from N7.5 billion. Read more

TETFund to Partner REA on Power Supply to Varsities

THE Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has expressed readiness to partner with the Rural Electrification Agency, REA, to provide all public universities with independent power supply. Read more

Visitation Panels to Federal Universities to be Gazetted

The National Universities Commission (NUC) said the visitation panels to 38 federal universities and four Inter-University Centres recently approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari will be gazetted to enable the exercise to be carried out. Read more

Why Prof Bogoro Deserves Education Research Man of the Year Award

The universe is governed by two eternal masters: rewards and punishments. When a man by his actions has proved his mettle, he should be commended and given due regards. Read more

 

30 November 2020

ASSU/FG Impasse: NANS to Stage Nationwide Protest 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has resolved to organise a nationwide protest to press home its demand for the immediate reopening of all universities across the country. Read more

Best Universities in Nigeria 2021

Nigeria is a country on a steep ascent. Its economy and its population are growing steadily and are only set to keep expanding. Read more

Countering Perceptions About Engineering and Women

Professor Esther Titilayo Akinlabi is the new director of the Nigeria-based Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI), which is part of the African Union-owned Pan African University (PAU). Read more

Covenant, Rolep Partner on Research Output Commercialisation

Covenant University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rolep Veterinary Consult towards the commercialization of ADPL Adaptive, an award-winning research product from the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID). Read more

Covenant University’s Prowess in Research & Development Delights TETFUND

Covenant University stands out among Nigerian institutions involved in research and development and indeed consistently gives the nation something to cheer about in this area, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) has declared. Read more

Democracy Group Calls on Government to ‘Save’ Universities

The Network for Democracy and Development (NDD) has called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to save public universities from avoidable collapse. Read more

Detoxing Internationalisation from Trumpist Malady

In 2017 the United States president, Donald Trump, declared: “There is no global flag, no global currency, no global citizenship.” Earlier, in 2016, the former United Kingdom prime minister, Theresa May, exclaimed: “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” Read more

FG Meets ASUU Faction, Reviews Registration Application

The Federal Government has said it was reviewing an application for registration by the Congress of University Academics which was requesting registration as a trade union. Read more

Govt alone Can’t Fund Universities, Says Namadi Sambo

Former Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, has said government alone cannot provide the kind of support required for universities to develop at the rate expected of them, considering the reality of limited resources in the country. Read more

Jumping Projects on Universities is Over

The chairman of the board of trustees of Nigeria’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, has declared that the era of dumping projects on universities has gone. Raed more

Ibas Seeks TETFund Intervention in Research, Developed in Navy Tertiary Institutions

Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has called for a closer collaboration with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)… Read  more

Lagos Internship Programme: Over 1,275 Companies to Accept Post NYSC Graduates

Over 1,275 companies have indicated willingness to accept 4,000 post NYSC graduates for internship programme. Read more

Misconception About ASUU

If not because of the dogged determination and perseverance by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in defence of education over the years, public universities in the country would have since been in dilapidated condition with poor infrastructure, and… Read more

TETFUND ICT-Digital Economy Thematic Group Understudies Covenant University Research Model

The Tertiary Education Trust (TETFUND) will be tapping into the various capacities available across the spectrum of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector of Nigeria in its attempt at establishing a national research and development foundation for driving and advancing the industry. Read more

UNILAG Postpones 2020/2021 Post-UTME Screening Indefinitely

The 2020/2021 Post-UTME Screening exercise of the University of Lagos has been postponed indefinitely. Read more

Varsity Workers Go Spiritual Over Unpaid Salaries

The organised labour unions in tertiary institutions in Ondo State have begun to seek spiritual assistance on the challenges facing the institutions particularly on the alleged non-payment of salaries. Read more

 

31 October 2020

ASUU Recommends Farming for ‘Naive’ Education Minister

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday advised the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, to resign and go into farming. Read more

Cisco Seeks Improved Partnership with Covenant

Representatives of Cisco Networking Academy, an IT skills and career-building programme for learning institutions and individuals worldwide, has offered to strengthen the organization’s relationship with Covenant University… Read more

Covenant Students Commence Omega Semester Examinations

Two weeks after returning to the campus, Covenant University students are currently sitting for the Omega Semester Examinations of the 2019/2020 Academic Session. Read more

FUOYE Vice Chancellorship Race Gets Tougher

The race towards appointing the next Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) is becoming tougher… Read more

Govt Proscribes ASUU, NASU, Others in Ebonyi Varsity

The Ebonyi State Government on Thursday announced the proscription of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union and others at the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. Read more

Kyambogo Picks Lessons from Makerere Fire Incident

Kyambogo University has equipped itself with firefighting equipment to prepare for any fire outbreak to avoid what occurred to Makerere University’s Ivory Tower. Read more

Solidarity with protesters forces labour talks into dead-end

University campuses in Nigeria remain closed as talks between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the government were adjourned indefinitely following the ongoing demonstrations by Nigerian youths since mid-October… Read more

Staff Resistance Threatens Reopening of Universities

In accordance with a growing sense among health experts, the National University Commission, government officials and vice-chancellors that the COVID-19 pandemic has been tamed in Nigeria. Read more

Two Women Now Lead Pan African University Institutes

Two women have been appointed in key positions at the Pan African University (PAU), a continental institution with a postgraduate network across five regions and which works under the auspices of the African Union (AU). Read more

Unity Schools Meaning”, October 12 “FG Resumption Date for Schools” and Universities…

Nigerian goment don order di re-opening of all federal goment owned universities immediately and unity schools from 12 October, 2020. Read more

What Happens Before College Matters

Experts agree higher education needs to do more to create equity for Black students. But more attention needs to be paid to barriers Black students face before they step foot on campus. Read more

What it Feels Like to be in the Shoes of a Young Nigerian

Following weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality, led by young Nigerians who complain of being targeted by the police, Adejuwon Soyinka asked Oludayo Tade, a sociologist, to help us understand what it feels like being a young Nigerian living in the country today. Read more

 

30 September 2020

Colleges of Education Staff Union Begins Strike over N441bn Funding Shortfall

Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has ordered its members to immediately withdraw their services. Read more

Covenant Resumes Aptitude Screening for Admission Applicants

Admission process into Nigeria’s No.1 Private University, Covenant, will continue in earnest on Monday, September 7, 2020, with the academic aptitude screening of applicants. Read more

COVID-19: VC Warns Against Hasty Reopening of Universities.

The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Kayode Soremekun, has warned against hasty reopening of the nation’s tertiary institutions, arguing that Covid-19 is still very much alive in Nigeria. Read more

Edo Varsity Iyamho to Commence New Academic Session on November 16

Edo University Iyamho has concluded its 2019/2020 academic session online on CANVAS LMS due to the COVID-19 … Read more

Enactus Nigeria Presents Champions Trophy, Plaques to Victorious Team Covenant

The Country Director, Enactus Nigeria, Mr Michael Ajayi, has heaped plaudits on the Management of Covenant University for the immense support given to Enactus Covenant University since 2016. Read more

NCC Inaugurates Committee for 2020 Research Proposals

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has inaugurated a 15-member Evaluation Committee for the assessment of the 2020 Telecommunications based research from Academics in the Nigerian tertiary institutions. Read more

Precious CornerStone Varsity Seeks Partnership with Covenant

The Vice-Chancellor of Precious CornerStone University (PCU), Ibadan, Oyo State, Professor Julius Oloke, on Thursday, September 3, 2020, paid a working visit to Covenant University, intending to foster a working relationship with the nation’s best private university. Read more

Sanwo-Olu, Heads of Lagos Tertiary Institutions Disagree Over New Minimum Wage

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has asked the heads of the state-owned tertiary institutions to be responsible for the implementation of the new minimum wage for their workers. Read more

TETFund a Strong Pillar for Nigerian Varsities 

The vice chancellor of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Professor Edward Olanipekun, says the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is critical to the survival of institutions of higher learning Nigeria. Read more

We Are Not Considering Reintroduction of Education Levy – SUBEB Boss

The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Nureni Adeniran has ruled out calls in some quarters for the current administration in the state to reintroduce N3,000 development levy to assist the government in the running of schools. Read more

 

30 August 2020

60% of Top 10 of the Top 500 Authors in Nigeria by Publication Volume in the Past 5 Years from Covenant

Covenant University continues to cement her enviable status as Nigeria’s most research-driven institution by producing 6 of the top 10 authors in the country by publication volume within the last five years. Read more

Collaboration, New Incentives, Organisational Entity Essential to Innovation -Expert

Collaboration is essential for innovation as Universities, research institutes, and small and large businesses contribute to regional growth and development. Read more

Covenant Boasts 90% of Top 10 Nigerian Authors in Engineering

West Africa’s numero uno institution, Covenant University, proved it is the destination for students seeking the Golden Fleece in engineering education as the top 10 Nigerian authors in the field of engineering are from Covenant. Read more

Does the New Sexual Harassment Bill Unfairly Target Academics?

Several academics say a bill aimed at preventing the sexual harassment of students by academic staff is superfluous and attempts to criminalise the higher education sector by unfairly targeting university lecturers who make up only a small portion of the higher education community and, indeed, the nation. Read more

Equip Students with Practical Skills, NSE President Tasks Tertiary Institutions

Tertiary institutions in the country have been charged to as a matter of necessity equip all engineering students with the practical skills needed to facilitate the nation’s quest for technological development, particularly to reshape the post-COVID-19 era. Read more

Expert Recommends Use of Academic Nuclear Structure Physics Techniques for Realisation of SDGs

A professor of Physics, Alison Bruce, from the University of Brighton, the United Kingdom, has suggested the use of techniques developed for Academic Nuclear Structure Physics for the realization of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more

Family Farming in Africa and the Role of Universities and Research Institutions

In sub-Saharan Africa, family farming is a major component of the agriculture sector, providing livelihoods for over 70 per cent of the population. Read more

Fragile Normalcy Returns to University of Lagos

The establishment of a special Visitation Panel at Nigeria’s University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the election by the university senate of an acting vice-chancellor have seen some semblance of normalcy return to the first-generation public university. Read more

Gov Sule Pledges Quality Educational Infrastructure in Nasarawa

Sule while receiving the document restated his administration’s commitment to uplifting the standard of education in the state, especially Government College, Keffi, being one of the premier institutions in the state and the country that has produced a president of the federal republic of Nigeria among other prominent citizens. Read more

KWASU VC Advocates Suitable Skills in Varsities

Going by the recent figures of 21.7 million released by the National Bureau of Statistic (NBS) as unemployed Nigerians, the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, Prof. Muhammed Mustapha, SAN, has urged universities in the country to introduce job-enabling skills that would be complimentary to graduates of different disciplines. Read more

Nigeria Crippling its Future with Sustained Shutdown of Tertiary Institutions

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic set off a rash of panic measures in Nigeria, as in many other nations of the world, including and particularly the blanket and sustained shutdown of educational institutions. Read more

NSE Oluyole Branch Donates Training Equipment to First Technical University

As part of its responsibilities to develop young engineers and engineering trainees, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Oluyole branch, in collaboration with Automation and Engineering Academy Ibadan, donated training equipment to the First Technical University, Ibadan. Read more

NUC, SSANU Back Reps Bill to Establish Federal University of Technology in Asaba

A proposed law by the House of Representatives to establish a Federal University of Technology in Asaba, Delta State, got the support of the National Universities Commission, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and other stakeholders… Read more

Reopen Universities, CONUA Tells FG

The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), has expressed the readiness of its members to resume, calling on government to reopen universities in Nigeria. Read more

SSANU Faults Buhari on Composition of Special Visitation Panel at UNILAG

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Monday faulted the composition of Special Visitation Panel on the University of Lagos Vice Chancellors crisis by the Visitor of the University, President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more

Tertiary Institutions Will Reopen Very Soon

The Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, on Saturday, assured Nigerian students languishing at their homes that tertiary institutions across the country will reopen very soon. Read more

Uncertainty as Massive Resignation Hits IBB Varsity

It seems the mass resignation of about seven lecturers at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), in Niger state, was not a novel incident. Read more

Universities to Resume Soon – Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba assured students on 24 August that tertiary institutions across the country would reopen very soon. Read more

Universities will Reopen Soon, Federal Government Says

Tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been shuttered since March in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease. Read more

With COVID-19 Cases Rising, will Nigerian Schools Fully Reopen in 2020?

It is now over four months since the government ordered the shutdown of schools to control the spread of the coronavirus. Academic sessions have been disrupted for students at primary, secondary, and university levels. Read more

 

31 July 2020

ACTIS-Backed Group Acquires Nigerian University

Honoris United Universities, an African education group backed by Actis, has acquired the Nile University in Abuja, its first university acquisition in Nigeria and the entire West African region. Read more

ASUU Decries Proliferation of Universities in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the federal and state governments of allowing the proliferation of universities in the country, which was affecting education quality. Read more

Covenant Global Leader in Open Access Data Article Publication

Covenant University continues to punch above her weight as a regional force by outshining a slew of European, Asia, and Far East institutions to become the global leader in Open Access Data Article Publication. Read more

Covenant Bags Best School Award at Creativity Competition

God’s own University, Covenant, has been named the ‘Best School of the Year’ at the just concluded Future Creativity Leaders Academy (FCLA) Competition. Read more

COVID-19 Eroding Milestones in SDGs, Says Professor Iweala

A senior faculty in the Department of Biochemistry, Covenant University, Professor Emeka Iweala, says COVID-19, an infectious disease caused by the dreaded coronavirus poses enormous health, economic, environmental, social and political threats to humanity. Read more

Nile University of Nigeria Joins Honoris Network

Known for its strong academic credentials and best-in-class faculties, the Nile University of Nigeria is the latest institution to join the Honoris United Universities network. Read more

North East Universities Press on in the Shadow of Boko Haram

Universities and other tertiary education institutions in North East Nigeria are working to recover from severe disruptions to operations and academic life – in some cases, lengthy closures and falls in enrolments – caused by attacks from insurgent group Boko Haram. Read more

Staff Union Accused of Blocking Universities from Reopening

The founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, has accused the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of blocking the reopening of Nigerian universities. Read more

Travel Restrictions and Their Impact on Reopening of Universities

As Nigeria awaits a formal government announcement on the reopening of university campuses, a major obstacle to the resumption of higher education activities is the temporary restrictions on inter-state movements of people, goods and services within the country and internationally that have been in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

31 May 2020

ASUU Faults Ngige’s Comments on Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has faulted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige on his alleged comments that university lecturers are sitting at home playing game instead of carrying out research that would bring solution to COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Covenant Dominant in Scival’s Top 500 Nigeria Authors’ Ranking

Covenant, West Africa’s No. 1 University, continues to receive validation for her research endeavours courtesy of the impressive scholarly outputs of her authors. Read more

Covenant Partners Host Community to Combat Spread of Coronavirus

Covenant University has through her Community Development Impact Initiative Committee (CU-CDIIC) continued to sensitize residents of Ota community and environs, in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, Ogun State, on the need to adhere to established medical directives towards slowing the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus. Read more

EdTech Firms to be More Prominent in Talent Development Post-COVID 19 …

While stating that COVID 19, caused by the dreaded Coronavirus, had engendered an accelerated evolution in the Education landscape (as it has in many others), Professor Atayero posited that the Ivory Tower would have to leverage on the established capacity of EdTech companies as a temporary stopgap. Read more

Financial Times Ranks Lagos Business School as Best Custom Executive Education Provider in Africa

Lagos Business School’s Custom Executive Education has been ranked number one in Africa and among the top 50 in the world by the Financial Times (FT). Read more

Nigeria-Based Students Cut off as Universities Resume Work

While the higher education system in Benin is getting back to work, after the government said the ban on classes to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic would end on 11 May, the ongoing closure of the border with Nigeria is creating problems for private institutions and their students. Read more

Okorocha’s Free Education Was a Sham — IMSU Visitation Panel

The Chairman of the panel, Prof.   Chinedu Nebo, former Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, who made these revelations yesterday while submitting the panel’s report to governor Hope Uzodinma, also submitted that  it was inconceivable   that quality tertiary education could be received free. Read more

Raise Funds for Education Like You Did for COVID-19

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the education sector and raise funds to tackle the rot therein, just as it did to contain Coronavirus outbreak in the country. Read more

Rector Asks Institutions to Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic

The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Dr Hephzibah Oladebeye, has urged tertiary institutions in the country to seek new knowledge and ways to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Sustain E-Learning, Queen’s College PTA Tells FG

The Chairman of the Queen’s College Parent Teacher Association, Yaba,  Mr Damola Adewuyi, has urged the Federal Ministry of Education  to assist schools in the country to  preserve knowledge using electronic means. Read more

TETFund, Morgan State University, USA Agree Strategic Partnership
The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has just secured a historic agreement with the Morgan State University in Maryland, USA. Read more

UKZN Professor Collaborates on Diagnostic Tool for COVID-19 Using X-Rays

Academic Leader for Research and Higher Degrees in the School of Life Sciences Professor Evariste Bosco Gueguim Kana, has collaborated with researchers in South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon and the UNESCO regional office for Southern Africa to develop a web-based diagnostic tool… Read more

Why We Need to Introduce Higher Education Studies

Globally, higher education policies have long been limited to assumptions and loose projections with little research-based evidence for policy. Read more

 

30 April 2020

Covenant Remains Best Private Varsity in Quality Education

Covenant achieved the feat by sustaining her 201-300 ranking in Quality Education in the recently released 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. Read more

Covenant University Founder Donates Medical Resources, Others to Fight Coronavirus

The Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCW), parent body of the No. 1 tertiary institution in West Africa, Covenant University, has donated ambulances, test kits, and personal protective device (PPE) to… Read more

Nigeria’s Academic Journals Have a Quality Issue…

Academic journals are central to the careers of academic staff of tertiary institutions, especially universities. They are considered an important way to assess academics for promotion, especially in the non-humanities disciplines. Read more

Outcry Over Health, Education Capital Projects Budget Cuts

Academics have responded with dismay to the news that Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed and the leadership of the Senate have decided to reduce capital projects across national departments by 20%. Read more

Poor Internet Brings Academic Work to a Virtual Standstill

Nigeria’s universities have been struggling to shift their activities online following the 20 March federal government shutdown to restrict public gatherings and curb the spread of the coronavirus. Among the reasons is poor internet infrastructure and a lack of reliable electricity supplies. Read more

Universities Pull their Academic Weight in Fight Against COVID-19

Since the first case of the coronavirus disease in Sub-Saharan Africa was diagnosed in late January by medical researchers at the Centre for Human and Zoonotic Virology of the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, universities in Sub-Saharan Africa have been proving their capacity to assist in the global response to the pandemic. Read more

 

31 March 2020

Coronavirus – Universities on Red Alert

Following the discovery of a case of the fast-spreading coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19, at Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria on Friday 28 February, some universities have been placed on red alert by their managements and government authorities. Read more

Covenant Faculty Suggests Solution to Scourge of Coronavirus

It will take the combination of the theological, metaphysical, and the scientific to address the scourge of coronavirus currently ravaging most parts of the world, a Covenant University faculty has postulated. Read more

Covenant, BOSCH Partner to Promote Skill Acquisition, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Education

Africa’s fastest growing University, Covenant, and BOSCH Power Tool are partnering to revolutionise the education sector through Skill Acquisition, Future of Work and Entrepreneurship Development. Read more

Facilitators Insist on Gender Equality as Covenant Celebrates International Women’s Day

Women are now an important part of the comprehensive business environment, and their continuous involvement has become imperative for sustainable economic growth and social progress. Read more

Nile University Empowers its Alumni to Start Successful Businesses with Startup Day Program

The Alumni Relations Department of Nile University of Nigeria hosted its first edition of the Startup Day… Read more 

Nile University of Nigeria Signs an MoU with Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution

On March 18, Nile University of Nigeria and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) entered into a strategic partnership to facilitate capacity development. Read more

Nile University Partners with Frontiers to Organize Workshop…

Nile University’s Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences in collaboration with Frontierss held a 5-day training on the application of the bioinformatics in drug discovery and development for its staff and students. Read more

NUC Orders Closure of All Universities Nationwide

National Universities Commission (NUC) on Friday ordered the closure of all universities in Nigeria to prevent further spread of coronavirus. Read more

UNILAG Emerge First in Nigeria at Africa’s Biggest Inter-University Machine Learning…

Students of the University of Lagos participated in the 2020 edition of the Africa Inter-University Machine Learning Hackathon tagged UmojaHack… Read more

Universities Close as Coronavirus Threat Spreads

The Federal Ministry of Education has directed all tertiary institutions in Nigeria to shut down and allow students to go home as cases of reported COVID-19 increased to 13. Read more

28 February 2020

Academics Challenge Allegation They Misuse Research Funds

University researchers in Nigeria have dismissed as a “hasty generalisation” accusations made by a national university funding agency representative in an international forum that Nigerian researchers routinely use their research grants for personal expenses. Read more

Calls for Private Universities to Benefit from State Fund

Vice-chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University in Ibadan, Professor Julius Oloke, and foremost industrialist, Chief Bode Amoo, have called on the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to extend its grants to private institutions in Nigeria. Read more

Chancellor Calls for Strengthening Research Capacity

During the 2020 Academic Welcome, the NUST Chancellor and Speaker of the National Assembly, Prof Peter Katjavivi, urged the University to deepen its research and publication capacity. Read more

Covenant Crosses 5,000 Publications Milestone for the First Time Since Inception

Nigeria’s best research institution, at the weekend, albeit for the first time since inception, crossed the 5,000 publications milestone. Read more

Covenant Launches Solution 17 to Drive United Nations SDGs Initiatives Globally

An attempt at driving both local and global impacts of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has necessitated the launch of Solution 17, a model developed by Creative Youth Community Development Initiative (CYCDI) in partnership with Covenant University… Read more

Covenant Produces 50% of Top 10 Authors Globally in Compressive Strength…

It was interesting to note that the top three (3) authors in the top 10 list were from the Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant. Read more

Officials from the Nigerian Defence College Visit UTG

A group of forty (40) participants of Course 28 from the Nigerian Defence College were on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at the Chancery Building of the University of The Gambia in Kanifing. Read more

Senate Bill Wants UBEC, TETFUND To Fund Foreign Education of Repentant Boko Haram Terrorists

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) are now to fund foreign training for repentant Boko Haram fighters. Read more

Skills Development & Youth Employability in West Africa

Observations on the state of TVET and good practices from Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria… Read more

University of Abuja to Award PM Abiy with Honorary Doctorate

The management of the University of Abuja will today award honorary degrees to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali, a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Major General Alwali Kazir and singer Ibrahim Narambada for distinguishing themselves in their respective fields and contributing to peace and progress of their countries. Read more

World Bank, AAU, NUC Approve Covenant’s Africa Centre of Excellence Team

The team was in Covenant on a scheduled Africa Centre of Excellence Impact Implementation Plan visit. A representative of the World Bank and a health expert, Professor Solomon Agbor, who led the visiting team, said that the purpose of the 2-day visit was to see the level of adherence and compliance of the Centre to the earmarked implementation plan for the ACE project. Read more

31 January 2020

Covenant Emerges Best Research Institution in Nigeria!

While still offering praises to the Almighty for the multiple honours, awards, and recognitions harvested by Covenant, the University, on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, emerged the best institution in Nigeria on different fronts in the field of research. Read more

Covenant Research Output at its Highest since Inception

Covenant, at the weekend, indicated she was not resting on her oars as the best research university in Nigeria, as the latest report on the University’s research endeavours by SciVal revealed the aggregate of her publications was at its highest since inception. Read more

CPUT Fosters Rapport with Nigerian Institution

Ties between CPUT and the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) in Nigeria were strengthened during a recent visit by international scholar, Dr Itunu Awosika. Read more

Groups Take Campaign Against Sexual Harassment to UNEC

The Gender Development and Policy Centre (Gen-Cent), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) in collaboration with Women Aid Collective (WACOL) has taken the campaign against sexual harassment in tertiary institutions to the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC). Read more

Mass Communication Degree Unbundling Widely Welcomed

The move by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria to unbundle the national curriculum for mass communication into seven different university degree programmes has been widely welcomed by academics and media and communication practitioners alike. Read more

OAU Panel Submits Report on ‘Sexual Harassment’

The panel investigating allegation of sexual harassment against a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Mr. Olabisi Olaleye, has submitted its report to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede. Read more

Oyo State Government Seeks Collaboration with Covenant Towards Energy Sufficiency

The Government of Oyo State, South-West Nigeria, is desirous of entering into partnership with Covenant University, with a view to harnessing available natural means of energy resources… Read more

Review of Nigeria’s University Curriculum in Final Stage –NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC), is in the final stage of a draft review of Nigeria’s university curriculum, according to the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed. Read more

Strategy, Innovation, others Crucial to Sustainable Business Ventures in Africa

The renowned entrepreneur handed down this message on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, while addressing participants, as the Keynote Speaker, at the Covenant University Edustart Global Conference 2020, themed ‘Empowering Africa through Entrepreneurship’. Read more

UB Team Takes to Nigeria on International Student Recruitment Drive

A team of seven University of Botswana staff has set out on an aggressive mission to market the university and recruit international students in Nigeria’s three cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Read more

Universities Body Defends Accreditation Practices

The executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, has denied allegations of corrupt practices levied against some staff of the commission during the ongoing course accreditation at Nigerian universities. Read more

UNIZIK Students with Mutilated Certificates Risk Expulsion

Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, Prof. Charles Esimone on Monday vowed to expel students of the institution with forged or mutilated certificates. Read more

We Need to Stop ‘Old Schoolboy’ Accreditation Process

Thank you for the piece by Alex Abutu in the University World News Africa edition of 16 January 2020, titled “Universities body defends accreditation practices”, a follow-up to an earlier story on 7 December 2019 titled “Academics highlight flaws in annual accreditation process”. Read more

31 December 2019

100 Fake Professors Uncovered in Nigerian Universities

No fewer than 100 fake professors have been uncovered in Nigerian universities by the National Universities Commission, NUC. Read more

4IR – Are Universities Preparing Students for the Future?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released a report in 2018, and the story is about the future of jobs. Read more

Academics Highlight Flaws in Annual Accreditation Process

Against the backdrop of declining academic staff numbers, universities in Nigeria have been accused of under-reporting student numbers and hiring lecturers already employed at other universities… Read more

Biochemist Enjoins Academia to Address Environmental Pollution in Nigeria

Members of the academia, both within and beyond Covenant University, have been urged to explore opportunities by advancing proposals and projects that can provide simple solutions to identified environmental pollution issues in Nigeria. Read more

Chancellor Admonishes Students to Take Responsibility

The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has admonished Covenant University students to take responsibility in order to see their dreams and visions come true. Read more

Covenant: Nigeria’s Most Outstanding Higher Institution of the Year 2019

Africa’s soar away University, Covenant, has yet again received an accolade for providing cutting edge education. She emerged as the ‘Most Outstanding Higher Institution of the Year’ at the 6th Annual Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award. Read more

Covenant’s Research Publications Cross 1,000 Mark in Reference Year

Covenant has for the first time since the establishment of the University crossed the 1000-mark threshold in terms of publications published in an ongoing reference year. Read more

Fake Professor Claim Raises More Questions

Some academics have expressed surprise and confusion over the recent revelation by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, that the commission discovered about 100 fake professors in the universities system. Read more

Governors Divert Funds Allocated to Develop Education, Atiku Alleges 

A Bill for the establishment of Federal University of Agriculture and Technology (FUAT) in Funtua, Katsina State is sponsored by Senator Bello Mandiya, APC, Katsina South. Read more

Nigeria Builds Nation’s First Transportation University with Chinese Support

Nigeria has started the construction of the country’s first transportation university assisted by a Chinese firm. Read more

Nigeria’s Higher Education Sector Over Populated 

Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has said that Nigeria’s higher education sector was overburdened by population growth. Read more

Nigeria University Lecturer Sacked Over Sexual Harassment

The University of Abuja in the Nigerian capital has dismissed one of its lecturers over sexual harassment. Read more

Nile University Emerge as Runners-up in the CJFCT Moot Court Competition

Nile University of Nigeria finished second in the recently concluded Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (CJFCT) Moot Court competition. Read more

Pan-African Universities Debates: Covenant Rules to The Glory of God!

Covenant University has emerged winners of the 2019 Pan-African Universities Debating Championship (PAUDC) in the Public Speaking category of the annual championship, held in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi, Ghana. Read more

Professor Alege Advocates Policy Framework to Address Societal Challenges

A Professor of Economics, Philip Olasupo Alege, has advocated the institution of a framework that will lead to appropriate policy advice in response to societal problems. Read more

Public Private Partnership: A Panacea for Crises in Education Sector

It will be stating the obvious to say that the education sector in Nigeria is fraught with difficulties. UNESCO recommends that governments should invest about 26% of their budgets on education, but in Nigeria we spend a paltry 6%! Read more

 How I Discovered the Many Versions of ‘Home’

…Truth be told, no one prepared me for what awaited me, especially in a foreign country, the adventure of learning new ways of life, unlearning and relearning new norms. Read more

Senate Passes Bills to Establish More Universities, Polytechnics

The Senate on Wednesday passed six bills seeking to establish and give legal backing to federal universities and polytechnics across several states of the federation. Read more

Varsities Face Fresh Strike in Jan, FG Enrolls 8,000 lecturers

A nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities is imminent in January with the failure of the Federal Government and the union to settle their disagreement on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System. Read more

30 November 2019

ASUU Seeks Buy-In for Own Payroll System

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has met with Senate President Ahmad Lawan on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) enrolment. Read more

Biochemist Enjoins Academia to Address Environmental Pollution in Nigeria

Members of the academia, both within and beyond Covenant University, have been urged to explore opportunities by advancing proposals and projects that can provide simple solutions to identified environmental pollution issues in Nigeria. Read more

Denying Private Universities TETFund Interventions Unjust, Says GUU Chancellor

Prof. Gregory Ibe, the Chancellor and Founder of Gregory University, Uturu (GUU) in Abia, says it is unjust for the Federal Government to continue to deny private universities the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) interventions. Read more
Expert Educates Building Tech. Students on Remedies to Procurement Challenges

A successful builder and expert in procurement, Mr. Toyin Diya, has asserted that to sustain remedies to challenges plaguing the Nigerian procurement system, organizations must ensure that due process (from planning, evaluation, implementation, execution and project delivery) is followed… Read more

‘Get Your Own Universities in Order’, President Urges Union

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to first tackle the issues of sorting (academic corruption), plagiarism as well as sexual harassment allegedly bedevilling some of the universities in the country rather than directing their criticisms only on the perceived inadequacies of government. Read more

Good Communicative Skills Crucial to Success of an Entrepreneur’s Business Goals

Linguist cum fashion designer, Atinuke Olutoye, has drawn a nexus between the study of languages, communication and the business of fashion, noting that the competitive advantage gained through entrepreneurship cannot be leveraged without effective communicative skills. Read more

Legal Executive Enlightens Mechanical Engineering Students on Corporate Governance

… Mrs. Sophia Abiri-Franklin, has urged engineers to comply with all relevant laws, regulations and the provisions of the Code of Corporate Governance, especially as it relates to ethical conduct. Read more

Norwegian Varsity Seeks Collaboration with Covenant

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Norway, is considering the establishment of a collaboration with Covenant University, according to a faculty at the NMBU, Professor Muyiwa Sam Adaramola. Read more

Quality Assurance/Control Expert Enlightens Students on Career Path

A Quality Assurance and Control expert, Mrs. Abimbola Akinfenwa of Fidson Pharmaceuticals, Lagos, has enlightened students of the Department of Biological Sciences, Covenant University, on the need to make the right career decisions early,… Read more

South-East NYSC Coordinator Inaugurates Entrepreneurship Centre in Aba

Alhaji Ahmed Ikaka, the South East Zonal Coordinator, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), on Tuesday inaugurated a new Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Department (SAED) Centre built by corps members serving in Osisioma, near Aba. Read more

The Battle Over Controversial Entrance Examination Rages on

Controversy over the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) – an entrance examination conducted by individual universities in Nigeria – continues to rage following calls by members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives to have the test stopped once and for all. Read more

Vice-Chancellors Secure a Short Reprieve in Payroll Feud

Threats to withhold the October salaries of lecturers in Nigerian federal universities unless they register their details with the new Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) have not been carried out after an intervention by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC). Read more

31 October 2019

2020 THEWUR Subject Rankings: Covenant Makes Big Move…

God’s own University, Covenant, on Thursday, October 17, 2019, took a giant leap in the 2020 Engineering and Technology Subject Rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (WUR) by moving from her former 501-600 bracket to 301-400. Read more

Autodesk Aims to Strengthen Partnership with Covenant

Autodesk, a worldwide leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment, has moved to strengthen its partnership with Africa’s leading university, Covenant. Read more

Calls for Action Against Sexual Harassment in Universities

Former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has called on the government to deal decisively with university lecturers in the habit of sexually harassing young female undergraduates for grades. Read more

Nigerian Students Caught in Political, Economic Crossfires

Nigerian students in Benin are at the receiving end of an unstable economic situation and fractured political relations between the two neighbours. Read more 

Research Identifies Correlation between Residential Environment, Travel Behaviours

A qualitative research that seeks an in-depth understanding of residents relocating from a major city of the world to another, with a view to knowing how and to what extent a change in the residential environment affected people’s travel behaviour and attitudes, has shown that. Read more

Selective Amnesty Dashes Hopes of Lecturers’ Release

Observers of Cameroonian politics and higher education are baffled and disappointed by President Paul Biya’s decision not to include the six university teachers abducted from Abuja, Nigeria, and deported back to Cameroon in 2018 in his recently-granted amnesty for political prisoners. Read more

Sex for Grades’: Undercover in West African Universities

Academic institutions in West Africa have increasingly been facing allegations of sexual harassment by lecturers. This type of abuse is said to be endemic, but it’s almost never proven. Read more

Sex-for-Marks: Victim Protests in Kaduna

A victim of alleged sexual harassment by a university lecturer, Salamatu Bello, embarked on a lone protest on Friday in Kaduna. Read more

TETFund to Embark on Impact Assessment to Tertiary Institutions

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) is set to carry out the impact assessment of its interventions Funds in the last 20 years for self-scrutiny. Read more

Universities Embrace Alternative Power Sources

With assistance from the federal ministry of education and international donors, Nigerian universities are taking advantage of alternative energy production technology, and the unbundling of the electricity production and distribution in the country, to generate their own electrical supply from a variety of sources. Read more

University Pension Nets N12.5b in Two Years

The Nigerian University Pension Management Company Limited (NUPEMCO) has a net contribution of N12.5 billion from university staff in less than two years. Read more

When Lecturers go on Strike, Students Can Still Learn

In 2013, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria embarked upon industrial action due to the non-implementation of previous agreements, which included attending to inadequate university funding and disparities in salary and retirement age. Read more

30 September 2019

Appeal Against Life Terms for Deported Academics

An appeal, funded by residents of Canada, has been lodged against the sentences of life imprisonment handed down last month by a Cameroonian military tribunal to six academics arrested in Abuja, Nigeria, and deported back to Cameroon in January 2018. Read more

Academics and Students Seek Action Over Deaths in South Africa

The picketing of South African-owned businesses in Nigeria by the Nigerian national student body has ended, but the academic community is losing patience with the ongoing deaths of Nigerians in South Africa and has called for firmer action. Read more

Appeal Against Life Terms for Deported Academics

An appeal, funded by residents of Canada, has been lodged against the sentences of life imprisonment handed down last month by a Cameroonian military tribunal to six academics arrested in Abuja, Nigeria, and deported back to Cameroon in January 2018. Read more

Calls for Reinvestment of Exam Fee Proceeds into HE

Academics and other higher education stakeholders are calling for the reinvestment into the under-funded higher education sector of monies received by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Read more

College of Engineering Strengthens Faculty, Staff Capacity for Accreditation Demands

Faculty and staff of the College of Engineering (CoE), Covenant University, would have to be steadfast in the collation of data and ensure maximum cooperation among themselves for the engineering programmes in the University to be given clean bill of health by accreditation bodies. Read more

Covenant Crosses 4000 Publications Volume in Scopus

Covenant University, the biggest mover in the recently released 2020 World University Rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE), has crossed the 4000 publications volume threshold in Elsevier’s Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Read more

Researchers Adopt a ‘Wait-and-See’ Approach to Few Fund

A recent call for applications by the Nigerian government-funded Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its new intervention fund dedicated to funding applied research under its National Research Fund (NRF) programme has met with mixed responses from the academic and research community. Read more

Staff Strike Over Government Failure to Heed Court Order

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) has slammed the Nigerian government over its refusal to obey a court order. Read more

When Industrial Attachments for Lecturers are not Enough

The Nigerian National Universities Commission recently issued a statement about plans for lecturers to do industrial attachments. Like many African nations, graduate unemployment rates in Nigeria are a constant problem. Read more

UNIUYO Alumni Condemn Cult Attacks on Students

The University of Uyo Alumni Association has condemned the recent attacks on students of the institution by suspected cultists. Read more

31 August 2019

Adaptability to New World of Workplace Vital to Success – HR Expert

The graduating Class of 2019 in the College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS), Covenant University, has been told to brace up and adapt to the realities of the world of work, if they must fit into the fast-pace and technologically-driven world of work. Read more

Covenant University: Saviour of Private University Initiative in Nigeria – NUC Scribe

Without the exploits of Covenant University, the initiative of allowing private individuals or organisations to run universities, taken many years ago, would have been a grand failure. Read more

Nigerian Student Deaths in North Cyprus – What is Going on?

The website “Study in North Cyprus” describes the territory as a “student paradise”, but the recent murder of another Nigerian student in Northern Cyprus – in this case at the hands of fellow Africans – continues to raise questions about the quality of life for African students in the self-declared republic. Read more

UNIUYO Alumni Condemn Cult Attacks on Students

The University of Uyo Alumni Association has condemned the recent attacks on students of the institution by suspected cultists. Read more

31 July 2019

ASUU Crisis Affecting Academic Staff

The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has said the protracted crisis rocking the local chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has brought a lot of discomfort to the innocent academic staff and students of the University. Read more

British Council Future Leaders Connect Award to UI Law Graduate

Elizabeth Chinenyenwa Nwarueze, 2018 First Class Graduate of Law and Best Graduating Student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan has been selected by the British Council for the prestigious Future Leaders Connect Award. Read more

College of Education Gets N621.9m from TetFund…

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund ) has approved N621.9 million for infrastructure development in the college. Read more

Commission Warns Nigerians Against Illegal Colleges of Education

The National Commission for Colleges of Education has warned Nigerians against illegal institutions running Nigeria Certificate in Education programmes across the Country.
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Don Canvasses Repositioning of Postgraduate Programme for Global Relevance

A world-class University like Covenant needs to continuously disrupt, positively, her postgraduate studies structure for her to remain globally relevant to the needs of the present time. Read more

Jigawa to Construct N57m Mosque for Female Students at FUD
The Jigawa Government has opened tender for the construction of a mosque worth N57 million for female students at Federal University. Read more

Korea Awards Masters Degree Scholarship to 13 Nigerians

The Republic of Korea has awarded full scholarships for Master’s Degree Program to 13 Nigerian government officials to study in leading Korean Universities. Read more

Okebukola Lauds Covenant, Expects More African Varsities in World Rankings

After a decade of use of the African Quality Rating Mechanism (AQRM), accompanied with quality-enhancing remediation, the quality of higher education in Africa would have received a boost significant enough to pop up many more African universities on global league tables. Read more

University Workers Begin Nationwide Protest Monday

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union has directed their members to commence a nationwide protest with effect from Monday, July 2019 over alleged breach of the agreement by the Federal Government. Read more

UNN Tops Nigerian Varsities, 17th in Africa
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, has been ranked first in Nigeria and number 17 in Africa based on citations from publications. Read more

We did not Sack or Demote Any Staff, Michael Okpara Agric University Says
The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) in Abia says the university did not sack or demote any staff of the institution as alleged in some quarters. Read more

30 June 2019

Buhari Tasks Universities to Intensify Inventions

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged universities to intensify their efforts in making discoveries and inventions that can assist in the development of Nigeria, reports the Nation. Read more

Computer-Based Examinations have Reduced Workload —VC

The Vice-Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, said the introduction of computer-based examinations for 100 and 200 level students, had reduced the workload of lecturers of the institution. Read more

Cut-off Mark for University Entry Approved

The authorities of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday approved 160 as a minimum cut-off mark for candidates seeking admission into public universities in Nigeria, writes Oluwole Ige for the Nigerian Tribune. Read more

Dangote Business School Official Urges Nigerian Varsities to Emulate Covenant’s Entrepreneurship Education

With the right supports and vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystems, other Nigerian universities generally can emulate Covenant University, by producing students who will change the narratives of the country and make a dent in the universe. Read more

Don Seeks Functional Laboratories to Boost Research, Revenue

A professor of Microbiology at Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Titilayo Femi-Ola, has advocated the establishment of functional central laboratory and as well installation of functional laboratory equipment in the university. Read more

Don Tasks Buhari on Varsity Education, Research Grants

A United States of America-based Nigerian university lecturer, Prof. Adesoji Adesina, has said Nigeria cannot achieve sustainable development or solve its multiple problems if it continues to pay lip service to education and research funding. Read more

Plagiarism – What can Curb the Scourge?

Does the high incidence of plagiarism among students in Nigeria point to the need for more support and mentoring for students or more effective sanctions against those found to be guilty? Or maybe both? Read more

Private institutions ‘should not benefit from funding’

The executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Professor Elias Bogoro, has said that Nigeria’s private universities and polytechnics should not benefit from the federal government’s support funds coz they charge fees in dollars rather than Naira. Read more

Unity Schools Alumni Seek Peaceful Coexistence among Nigerians

Unity School Old Students Association, USOSA has called on Nigerians to seek peaceful coexistence among themselves. Read more

University Staff Kidnappings – Union Calls for Action

Amid nationwide concerns over security, Nigeria’s academic community is experiencing ‘fear and anxiety’ after two recent kidnappings involving university academics in the country, one of which resulted in the abductee’s death. Read more

31 May 2019

2019 Arts Festival at ALU Rwanda

The Arts@ALU is a community of artists and creatives within the ALU Community. This group of talented students and staff members are passionate about keeping the Arts alive at ALU, celebrating our richly diverse culture, as well as hosting the Annual Arts Festival at the end of every academic year. Read more

AAU/University of Abuja Workshop on Online Teaching and Learning Management

The dawn of the twenty-first century is being recognized as a knowledge era, of which higher education plays a crucial role. The primary goals of higher education institutions are enhancing and maintaining academic excellence, scholarship, and public service. Read more

Again, ASUU Threatens to Go On Strike, States Reasons

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it might go on strike if the Federal Government does not fulfil its agreement with the union. Read more

Amid Questions of Funding, State Approves New Universities

Despite the inability of the Imo State government to cater for its existing university, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has issued an approval for outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha to establish four additional state-owned universities, writes Azeezat Adedigba for the Premium Times. Read more

Global Book Alliance: ADEA and USAID Support African Publishing Stakeholders in the Creation of a Publishing Collaborative

The forum under the theme, Enabling African Publishers to Provide Quality Books in African Languages through the African Publishing Collaborative Initiativetook place from 8th to 9th May 2019 on the margins of the Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF) in Lagos at the Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall, University of Lagos. Read more

JAMB Unveils Most Preferred Tertiary Institution in UTME

With 86,401 candidates, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), was on Thursday, named the most-subscribed university by candidates in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Read more

Minister Attributes Covenant’s Global Reckoning to Science, Technology and Innovation Prowess

Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has attributed the rising profile of Covenant University in the comity of world’s universities to her excellence in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation. Read more

Nigeria Deploys Professors to Build Local Academic Capacity

As part of ongoing efforts to build South-South cooperation and develop local capacity in higher learning in Uganda, THE Nigerian government announced it had recently deployed 76 professors to four universities in Uganda. Read more

Vice-Chancellor Urges Communities in University Environ to Join Fight Against Malaria

The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, has enjoined the people of Promise Community, Iyana-Iyesi, Ota, Ogun State, to join hands with the University in fighting the scourge of malaria outbreaks. Read more

30 April 2019

Academics Fume Over Universities’ Promotion Scandals

The “absurd politicisation” of appointments and promotions within universities – with the knowledge of vice-chancellors who operate on the basis of nepotism and patronage – is behind some of the promotion scandals currently plaguing Nigerian universities, according to a senior academic. Read more

Buhari offers Employment, Scholarships to 168 ex-Corps Members

President Muhammadu Buhari has given automatic employment to 168 ex-corps members and also scholarships up to Doctorate level in Nigerian universities of their choice. Read more

Covenant Ranked 301+ in 2019 THE University Impact Rankings

According to the THE, “University Impact Rankings are the only global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We use carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons across three broad areas: research, outreach, and stewardship”. Read more
Many Nigerian Universities Yet to be Ranked – Ex-VC

A former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Prof. Musbau Akanji, has said the country still have universities that have yet to be ranked by the Nigerian universities ranking and international bodies. Read more

Nigeria’s Higher Education Sector Faces a Number of Issues, Here’s What the West African Country Can Do to Fix It

The level of funding of the education sector has been recognised as one of the major factors that contribute to quality education. This, in turn, determines growth and development of a country. It’s also been acknowledged that quality education determines the success in achieving the sustainable development goals. Read more

Vice-Chancellor Urges Faculty, Others to Embrace Innovation

“Creativity is thinking of something new. Innovation is the implementation of something new”, while Jeffrey Baumgartner, a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator specialising in creativity and innovation, defined innovation as, “The implementation of creative ideas in order to generate value, usually through increased revenues, reduced costs or both”. Read more

We ‘ve Uncovered New Scam to Defraud Candidates, JAMB Alerts

To this end, the board, which said this in a weekly news bulletin, released to the media, Sunday, by its Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, has advised all candidates to “jealously guard their UTME registration numbers and profile codes to avoid falling victim of this latest scam.” Read more

31 March 2019

2019 Edustart Summit: Facilitators Agree Teachers Must Adapt to Changes in Technology

Facilitators at the recently held 2019 edition of the Covenant University Edustart Summit, with the theme, ‘The Future Teacher’, have unanimously agreed in their submissions that the teacher of the future must be technology-savvy, innovative, thoughtful and collaborative among others. Read more

Study Reveals Women Highly Vulnerable to Intimate Partner Violence

The results of a study undertaken by a team of scholars at the University of Pittsburg, USA, in an attempt to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, have highlighted significant vulnerabilities of women related to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and other forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Boko Haram settings Read more

What Can be Done About Poorly Performing Universities?

Nigeria’s universities have been under-funded for decades. Like a talented but under-achieving football team, they fail to achieve goals because the country hasn’t invested enough in their structure, their facilities and their people. Read more

28 February 2019

Cross-Disciplinary Scholarships Essential for National Development

The Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences of the Augustine University in Ilara-Epe, Lagos State, Prof. Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, has called on academic institutions in Nigeria to popularise the potential of cross-disciplinary scholarships to boost national development. Read more

Covenant, Others Consider Collaboration on Additive Manufacturing

Covenant University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, (MSOE), USA, and the Nigerian Foundries Limited are considering collaboration on additive manufacturing and foundry technologies. Read more

ESUT Teaching Hospital Builds 10-Ton Incinerator

THE Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Parklane, has completed construction of over ten tons volume incinerator which the management said was aimed at reducing infection prevalence among patients and staff of the hospital. Read more

Quality Education, Tool for Nation Building

Former Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Bamitale Omole has described quality education as a tool for nation- building. Read more

Official Launch of the RCE Ogun, Themed: “Climate Change Action for the Africa we Want”

Covenant University, in conjunction with the United Nations University will be launching the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on February 4, 2019, Covenant’s Centre for Research, Innovation, & Discovery. Read more

Strike Ends, but with Government Promises that Few Believe

The three-month-long academics’ strike in Nigeria has ended with another agreement between the union and the government, but hopes of the government keeping its promises to the sector seem to be at an all-time low. Read more

University of Ibadan Resumes

Following the suspension of the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, UI, Professor Abel Olayinka has announced the recommencement of academic activities on Monday, February 18, 2019. Read more

31 January 2019

AAU Reopens for Lectures

Some lecturers of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Edo State, on Monday commenced academic activities in defiance of the directives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Read more

Covenant Sets New Record, Crosses 1,000 Publications for the Year 2018!

As at Saturday12th January 2019, Covenant has crossed 1,000 publications for the year by having 1,006 publications indexed in the Scopus database. Read more

FG Orders Arrest of Promoters of Illegal Tertiary Institutions

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, has directed the arrest and prosecution of the promoters of illegal tertiary institutions in the country, as it put the total number of unlicensed universities at 66 and that of unlicensed polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education at 68. Read more

Former Ambassador Osuntokun Advocates Experts as Nigerian Delegates to UN

A former Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Professor Akinjide Osuntokun has advised the federal government to always consider few knowledgeable experts as country’s delegates to the United Nations. Read more

Higher Education’s Role is to Reassert Universal Values’

Higher education has a key role to play in countering the spread of populism and nationalism and tackling global challenges such as poverty and climate change, by reasserting universal values of human dignity and the value of science and research, UNESCO’s education chief, Stefania Giannini, said last week. Read more

Mixed Responses to Jail Term for ‘Scapegoat’ Professor

An effective two-year prison sentence recently slapped by a high court judge on a Nigerian professor accused of sexual harassment of a student has met with mixed reaction on Nigerian campuses. Read more

Possible Breakthrough in Lecturers’ Strike Deadlock

Nigerian universities, crippled by a three-month shutdown due to strike action, may be reopened soon if parties stick to a new agreement reached on Monday 7 January. Read more

Top 100 Best Universities in Nigeria 2019 – Latest 2019/2020 Edition

Based on the ranking released by 4 International Colleges & Universities (4ICU), an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited universities and colleges in the world, we present you the top 100 universities in Nigeria for the year 2019.Read more

Wrong Perception Affecting Technical, Vocational education –FG

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that wrong perception is affecting the enrolment of candidates into various technical and vocational education institutions, as well as assessment and certification programmes in the country. Read more

31 December 2018

Bastardising Higher Education in Nigeria

Much as it is desirable to take education closer to the people, the rate at which universities, polytechnics and colleges of education are mushrooming in Nigeria has raised serious questions about the underlying factor for their establishment.

Covenant Clinches Outstanding Tertiary Educational Learning Environment and Facilities Award

West Africa’s No. 1 University, Covenant, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, added another feather to her cap by winning the “Outstanding Tertiary Educational Learning Environment and Facilities Award”. Read more

Covenant Sets New Record, Again, Crosses 900 Publications for the year 2018

As at Sunday 9th December 2018, Covenant has crossed 900 publications for the year by having 907 publications indexed in the Scopus database. This is 52.18% above the publication figure for the entire year in 2017, which stands at 596. Read more

Discord Over Bid to Open 80 New HE Institutions

Nigeria’s parliament is on the verge of making possible the creation of 80 new public tertiary education institutions in a bid to accommodate growing numbers of students, but opinion outside of the National Assembly is strongly divided on whether the country needs them. Read more

No Reinstatement of Academic Whistleblowers – University

The University of Ilorin confirmed on 13 December that it is appealing a court judgment which reinstated two academics dismissed more than a year ago from the federal University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) for blowing the whistle on the alleged corrupt activities of two of the institution’s past vice-chancellors. Read more

UNILAG Introduces More Entrepreneurship Programmes for Students

The University of Lagos’s students were on course in changing the narrative of university education in the country through its various entrepreneurship programmes. Read more

UNILAG Wins Best Use Of Technology And Best Use Of Social Media Awards (Federal University)

The University is pleased to announce that Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA) has bestowed on it the awards for Best Use of Technology (Federal University) and Best Use of Social Media (Federal University) for the year 2018. Read more

30 November 2018

David Oyedepo Charges Parents to Ensure Sound Child Upbringing

Speaking at the 17th matriculation ceremony of Covenant University, Oyedepo explained that every child is born as a raw material, pointing out that appropriate training makes the child a treasure. Read more

World Bank Selects LASU as African Centre of Excellence

The Lagos State University (LASU) has been selected as a Centre of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative STEM Education (CITSE) by the World Bank, among other 16 universities across Nigeria. Read more

31 October 2018

Academics Criticise Plans to Establish New Universities

Academics have lashed out against proposals to significantly increase the number of public universities in Nigeria, as the government unsuccessfully grappled with an assessment report of public universities that highlighted glaring weaknesses within the sector. Read more

Covenant Graduates, Most Employed in Nigeria Again!

Covenant has once again emerged as the institution with the most employed graduates rate in Nigeria. This is according to the 2018 edition of The Nigerian Graduate Report published by Stutern, an online platform that focuses on training and connecting talented youths in Nigeria with employers for internships as well as entry-level jobs. Read more

Covenant Sets New Record, Crosses 800 Publications for the Year 2018 and 3,000 Since Inception!

Celebration has become a daily affair in Covenant as the University adds to her numerous records by crossing 800 publications indexed in the Scopus database this year, even with two months to the end of the year. Read more

How to Detect a Hack: 3D X-Ray Nanoscope for Hardware Security – Prof. Akinwande

On Monday, October 15, 2018, Prof. Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande presented a special seminar titled: “3D X-Ray Nanoscope for Hardware Security of Hardware Security Circuit Chips“, at the Julius Berger Hall, Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos. Read more

Students’ View of PhD’s Value Drops as Course Progresses

Postgraduate researchers become less convinced of the value of their studies as they move through their degree, according to a major survey that suggests that many are also increasingly dissatisfied. Read more

30 September 2018

Akwa Ibom College Lecturers Protest Non-Payment of Salaries

Labor unions in Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit on September 14 commenced a strike action after failing to reach agreement with the government over a number of their demands. Read more

Covenant to Increase Postgraduates and Reduce Undergraduates Admissions

Covenant is planning to increase the admission slots for postgraduate students and reduce the undergraduate intakes into the University, says the Vice-Chancellor. Read more

‘Misled’ Parents Call for Lower Private University Fees

Since the advent of private universities in Nigeria in 1999 – most of which are faith-based – there have been calls for them to reduce their fees which are several times higher than public universities. Read more

Three Nigerian Universities Ranked Among World’s Best

Three universities in Nigeria – Covenant University, University of Ibadan, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka – have been included in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Read more

31 August 2018

Covenant Tasks Lecturers on Development of Excellent Teaching Skillset

Academics in Covenant have been charged to invest their time and energy in developing their expertise in specific subject areas. Read more

Education Problem is Not Knowledge Gap, but Skills

Polytechnics were supposed to be centres where people who have skills are trained, where you have technicians and technologists. Read more

How to Take Notes in a Large, Rowdy Lecture Theatre

If you can’t take notes in a rowdy lecture hall, here are some important tips you need. Read more

Research Group to Improve Youths’ Skill in NANO-Tech

The African NANO-Technology Research Group of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has held a two-week international workshop at Princess Alexandra Hall to discuss how the economy can be revitalised to provide jobs for the youth. Read more

Physically Challenged Students in LASU Want Scholarship from Lagos Govt

The physically challenged students in Lagos State University (LASU) have reportedly appealed to the state government to give them and every person living with disability in the school full scholarship. Read more

Professor Atayero Raises Concern Over Impact of Human Activities on the Environment

The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, has voiced his concern over the impact of human activities on the environment, which he said had become critical in spite of numerous international conventions and advocacies. Read more

Varsity Shut Over Students’ Protest

The Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) in Benue State has been shut indefinitely following a students’ protest. Read more

30 June 2018

We Expelled About 400 Students in One Year – VC, Alex Ekwueme University

The management of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Udufu-Alike in Ikwo local government of Ebonyi state said it has expelled about four hundred students in just one year. Read more

31 May 2018

UNILAG reacts to sexual allegation against English lecturer

UNILAG management says it has a zero tolerance for sexual harassment adding that the allegation will be thoroughly investigated. Read more

NUC shuts down 58 illegal universities in Nigeria

The National Universities Commission has shut down 58 Universities across the country. See the list. Read more

UNICAL suspends lecturer for allegedly issuing fake certificates to students

The UNICAL Vice Chancellor ordered immediate and indefinite suspension of Dr Mensah for allegedly selling certificates to students. Read more

FG denies abandoning 19 Nigerian students in Russia

FG says the students scholarship covers only BSc programs but some of them stay back in Russia to start a postgraduate program. Read more

First class is not cheap in LASU- VC

The Vice Chancellor of LASU says the University awards first class to only students who meet the requirement. Read more

LASU VC suggests whistle-blowing policy on campus to expose randy lecturers

The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University says the institution has been peaceful for more than a year because of the whistle-blowing policy. Read more

Catholic University opens prayer room for Muslim students

St. Ambrose University allots the prayer room to Muslim students in honor of Joe DeFrancisco, who died in 2017. Read more

Polytechnic students decry exclusion from tuition waiver in federal universities

National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) said the proposed abolition of tuition fees in tertiary institutions is a welcome development. Read more

Hundreds of new universities planned in Nigeria as demand soars

National Universities Commission considering applications from 292 potential private institutions. Read more

Crescent Varsity Msc Programmes Approved Since 2013 –prof. Gbajabiamila 

Authorities of Crescent University,Abeokuta have debunked rumours making the rounds that the institution’s Master’s programmes are not approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC),the regulatory body in Nigeria. Read more

‘TETFund Bill must be Modified for Faith-based Varsities’

In this interview with Funmi Ogundare, the Vice-Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State, Professor Bernard Aigbokhan explained that the country needs to go back to the values that will ensure that the right leadership qualities are inculcated in students. He expressed optimism that the federal government will modify the TETFund bill to allow faith-based universities benefit from it. Read more

UI Notice to Students on Accommodation and School Fees Receipts 2017/2018

University of Ibadan (UI) has automated the process of self generation of accommodation and school fees receipts for the 2017/2018 academic session to avoid unnecessary queue and delay. All undergraduate … Read more

30 April 2018

Public Varsities’ Fee Hike Threatens Dreams of Indigent Students

It was like a nightmare when Bowale Aderemi (not real name) heard that the N25,000 tuition fee he normally pays at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, was no longer acceptable. The final year law student had just returned from where he was doing a holiday job that sunny afternoon when one of his friends called to break the news to him. Read more

7 Nigerian Universities Incorporated into World Technology Network Seven Nigerian Universities on Wednesday signed an agreement with the University of Bradford to be incorporated into the World Technology Universities Network (WTUN) to enhance the development of technology in their schools. Read more

Nigerian Maritime University Takes off

The Vice Chancellor of Nigerian Maritime University, NMU, Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, Prof. Ongoebi Maureen Etebu, has said academic activities will commence in mid-April 2018.

Unimaid Graduates 14, 368 Students… As It Holds 23rd Combined Convocation

The University of Maiduguri has concluded arrangement and preparations to hold its 23rd Combined Convocation Ceremony of 14,368 students comprising of post graduates, under graduates and diploma students for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic seasons. Read more

Covenant Accountancy Students Gain Exemption from 11 ICAN Subjects

Covenant University and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the ICAN Mutual Cooperation Agreement with Tertiary Institutions (MCATI), which exempts undergraduate Accountancy students of Covenant from 11 subjects of ICAN’s professional examination. Read more

30 December 2017

College Partner Foreign Varsities on Research, Wins ICT Award In U.S

Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo has partnered with the International Centre for Information Technology and Development (ICITD), Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA for joint research works. Read more

Don’t Be Discouraged From Choosing These Schools Because Of These Stereotypes

Choose the institution you consider okay for your academic pursuit and let not tales from the past discourage you. Read more

Igbinedion Varsity Providing Leadership to Meet National Education Goals

Vice chancellor of Igbinedion University has assured best graduating students of the institution of automatic employment as a way of promoting academic excellence. Read more

LASPOTECH to Become University Soon

LASPOTECH on becoming a university would run National Diploma and Higher National Diploma programmes alongside BSc programmes. Read more

National Higher Education Forum Postpones Event

National Higher Education Forum is a multi-sectoral platform design for regular, productive engagements of key higher education stakeholders, education thought-leaders, innovators, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, et cetera in search of sustainable solutions to Nigeria’s higher education challenges and in pursuit of greater prosperity for the nation. Read more

Organization Visits Lagos NYSC Orientation Camp

UNICAF visited NYSC training camp in Lagos, to give presentations and inform Corps members about the degrees available in UNICAF University. Read more

Professor Seeks Spiritually-Minded Leaders for Socio- Economic Change

A professor of Business Administration and Management, has insisted that for Nigeria and African countries to take a leap towards the much needed socio economic transformation and technological development, it is imperative to harness the competencies of spiritually minded leaders. Read more

Reconstruction that Nigerian Education System Needs, by Okebukola

Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), has reiterated the need to reconstruct and reformat the country’s educational system. Read more

Tai Solarin University of Education Holds Convocation

Activities marking the 9th convocation ceremony of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), was culminated with the award of higher degrees and diplomas as well as admission into first degrees and presentation of prizes. Read more

Tertiary Institutions Receive N378m as Allocation

Banu said that the disbursed funds was about N66 million higher than the third quarter allocation of about N312 million. Read more

VC Laments Low Enrolment of Northerners in Tertiary Institutions

Vice chancellor, Kano University of Science and Technology, has tasked Northern youths to channel their energy towards building a prosperous future rather than pursuing unrealistic goals. Read more

30 October 2017

3,500 Out Of 60,000 Candidates to Get UI Admission
The University of Ibadan (UI) will offer admissions to only 3,500 out of the 60,000 candidates that applied for its undergraduate courses, a figure 50 per cent lower than what the National University Commission (NUC) has allotted the institution. Read more

Don Tasks Institutions on Collaboration

Deputy vice chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), has stated that internationalisation of the education system would promote teaching, scholarship and opportunities among university students in the country. Read more

Eight Universities May Deny 143, 000 Placements

Worsening infrastructural challenge, regulatory conflict between the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and universities, inadequate teaching aids and unavailability of adequate manpower, among others, would join forces to deny over 143, 000 applicants placement in eight universities in the ongoing 2017/2018 academic session. Read more

FG, Stakeholders Disagree On Status of Maritime Academy

The cold war between the Presidency and National Assembly appeared to have shifted to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State, as the bill to upgrade the academy to a Federal University of Maritime Studies (FUMS) suffered a temporary setback. Read more

Getting Young Ones Prepared Through Skill Acquisition

With the labour market so uncertain and saturated, people looking for employment are not finding things easy. But tertiary institutions in the country keep churning out thousands of graduates every year, who have to compete with seasoned professionals for jobs that are simply not there. Read more

Let’s Use Technical, Vocational Education to Tackle Unemployment

The Rector, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree is the first Nigerian to be appointed the West African representative of the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA). Read more

NABTEB, NGO Organize Conference on Vocational Education

The National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), North Central Office in partnership with National Association of Technical and Vocational School Proprietors of Nigeria (NATESVOSPON), organized a national conference on technical education. Read more

Nigerian Universities as Problem-Solvers

Universities are fundamentally centres from which forward-looking nations draw the well-qualified and properly educated workforce and citizens that steer national aspirations towards progress. Read more

Poly Education Should Be Reoriented

The Alumni Association of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) has called on the Federal Government to review all policies guiding polytechnic education to tackle the nation’s unemployment challenge. Read more

Poor Perception of Technical Education Affects Economic Growth

A vocational education conference has ended in Abuja with authorities saying poor perception of technical education leads to underdevelopment.  Read more

Senate to Rename Colleges of Education

The Senate has commenced the process to rename eight colleges of education to align the location of the institutions affected by boundary adjustment as a result of state creation. Read more

Registrars without IT Knowledge Will Soon Become Irrelevant, Says ARNU

Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU) has counselled its members to get acquainted with modern Information Technology (IT), so as to remain relevant in the university corporate system. Read more

Removing Barriers, Impacting Higher Education Institutions Globally

Tackling the biggest challenges of higher education institutions globally and ensuring that the goals and purposes of higher education for the students, nation and society are met, were the focus of the 2017 Global Meeting of Associations (GMA) of the International Association of Universities recently held at the University of Ghana, Accra. Funmi Ogundare reports. Read more

The Nigerian Student Activists: Endangered Species?

With all the political shenanigans in the news, it would be easy to miss the news that another student was expelled from an institution of higher education for essentially raising issues concerning student welfare with the school administration. Read more

VC Canvasses TETFUND Support for Private Schools

The Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, has stressed the need for Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to be provided for private institutions of higher learning. Read more

When Parental Pressure Compounds Academic Rigour on Campus

Our University system too is a big issue that could make a lilly-livered student drop dead. Read  more

Why Africa Lags Behind In Global Education Goals, By UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has said Nigeria and other African countries were lagging behind in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). Read more

Why Role-Relevant Qualifications Must Be Part of Job Crisis Solution

Nigeria is grappling with a growing jobs crisis, with national unemployment at 14 per cent after rising steadily for the past two years – meaning that over 11 million Nigerians ready and willing to work are jobless. Read more

15 October 2017

5 Things You Should Know About National Open University Of Nigeria

With over four hundred thousand students and seventy centres nationwide to their name, it is now important to look into the school and see what they have to offer. Read more

Allocate 26% Of National Budget To Education – Afe Babalola

The Founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Chief Afe Babalola, has called for a national emergency fund to address the challenges of inadequate funding of education in Nigeria. Read more

Book on Inspiration to be Included in Curriculum

The first lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has announced that her office will work towards including the book titled ‘Stop, Turn it Around’ into schools’ ‎curriculum. Read more

How To Revamp Nigeria’s Educational System – Anyaoku

The former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth speaks on how to reform education in Nigeria. Read more

Leadership Failure Responsible For Deplorable Education Standard

You recently inaugurated the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), what informed this decision? Read more

Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Will Stop To Exist In 2021

Mapoly was recently upgraded to a University of Technology and the Governor assured students would finish their programs before it stops to exist. Read more

Obasanjo Presidential Library: Expanding Nigeria’s Knowledge Base

A library is seen as a collection of sources of information and similar resources made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing. It also provides physical and digital access to materials. Read more

Students, Lecturers Face Uncertainties Over MAUSTECH

The announcement and eventual approval for Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) to be upgraded to a university in Ogun State was greeted with excitement and hope. Read more

The Birth Of Open Education Resources Policy

Nigeria’s higher education recorded landmark feat as a draft National Policy on Open Education Resources (OER) was recently validated. Read more

University Education Not A Low Hanging Fruit

The controversies surrounding the Joint Admission Matriculation Board’s policy on admission into universities and other institutions of higher learning in the country in the 2017/18 academic session are not receding just yet. Read more

VP Proposes Private Partnership In Varsity Funding

Vice President Yemi declared that the government alone cannot sustain funding of universities or even keep them at their current levels due to its dwindling revenue. Read more

30 September 2017

Covenant, Oral Roberts University Endorse Collaboration

Covenant University and Oral Roberts University (ORU), the United States, have reached an agreement to collaborate on research and students exchange among others. Read more

Covenant Wins Big at National CODET Competition Finals

Engineering students of Covenant University have made outstanding accomplishments in different categories at both the South-West Zonal and National Finals of the 2017 edition of the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET) competition. Read more

Ending Corruption with Education in Nigeria

Once again, the chronic issue of corruption has come to the fore; corruption is everywhere in Nigeria and it is the major cause of poverty. It is associated with lower levels of economic development, slower economic growth, poverty and conflicts. Read more

ECOWAS Moves to Harmornise Curriculum System

Member states of the Economic Community of West Africa States have planned to review strategies for the strengthening of human capital. Read more

ESUT Inducts 29 Medical Doctors

Vice Chacellor of the Enugu State Uiversity of Sciece ad Technology has charged the newly graduated medical doctors not to cut corners but to stic to the ethics of the medical profession i the discharge of their duties. Read more

Expert Calls for Integrity in Estate Valuation Practice

A call has gone to budding professionals for more ethical and professional integrity in the practice of Estate Valuation and Surveying, in order to ensure the credibility of the profession. Read more

JAMB Stops Regularisation of Illegal Admission in Tertiary Institution

The joint admission and matriculations board will from this year stop the regularisation of all illegal admission in tertiary institutions in the country. Read more

Stakeholders Validate National Policy on Open Education Resources

For the first time in the history of higher education in the coutry, a draft national policy on open education resources has been validated to address the dearth of learning resources in quality, quantity and currency in the subsector. Read more

University of Ilorin Rejects Terrorist Tag

The authorities of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) yesterday denounced the toga of terrorism allegedly slammed on the institution by the Chairman of University of Ibadan chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Ayodeji Omole. Read more

15 September 2017

27 States Spend N106b on 35 Varsities in One Year

State universities in the country are growing in number, but the funds to run them only come in trickles. According to the budgets of 27 states examined by The Guardian, the total amount allocated to 35 such universities in 2016 by the owner-state governments was N106 billion. Read more

Akeredolu Lobbies for Niger Delta Varsity in Ondo

Instead of sending beneficiaries of amnesty programme overseas to acquire higher education, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has implored Federal Government to establish a university of technology in Ondo State. Read more

ASUU and the Crisis in Education

The 2017 list of Nigerian universities approved and released by the National Universities Commission, NUC, shows that Nigeria has 152 universities distributed as follows: federal universities, 40; state universities, 44; private universities 68. Read more

Covenant University Promises to Maintain Collaboration with FRSC

The Management of Covenant University has assured the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that the University will continue to collaborate with the agency in its task of ensuring safety of lives and orderliness on Nigerian roads. Read more

Curricula Review, Panacea for Education Sector Revival The Chancellor of Chrisland University, has urged stakeholders in the sector to consider the review of the nation’s school curricula as the revival of the sector hangs on the review. Read more

Ending Corruption with Education in Nigeria

From political circles to business boardrooms, educational institutions, the health and judicial sectors, and even the “holiest” places, our religious institutions-the list is endless. This vice is literally dismembering our country. Read more

Information Technology and Transcription of Reading Materials for the Visually Impaired Persons in Nigeria

Studies have shown inadequate reading materials for the visually impaired in Nigeria. Information technology has greatly advanced the provision of information to the visually impaired in other industrialized climes. Read more

Is JAMB Recipe For Confusion In Higher Institutions?

Nigeria’s tertiary education system is in a shambles – in terms of infrastructure, funding and academics – as it remains largely crisis-ridden for years. The recent reintroduction of the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, the latest cut-off marks imbroglio and alleged back-door admission policy of higher institutions reveal the ugly underbelly of the nation’s floundering education system. Read more

Kano, French Governments Plan Scholarship Scheme

Kano state government has launched the second phase of its scholarship scheme with the French government. Read more

No Progress without Quality Education, NLC Tells FG, ASUU

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embrace collective bargaining as there was no way progress would be made without quality education. Read more

The Illegality of Post-UTME

The confusion that has trailed the re-introduction of the post University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) in higher educational institutions across the country over the fees payable by candidates forced me to dig into the legality or otherwise of the test that now determines our children’s educational destiny. Read more

We Target Infrastructure, Publication For Academic Training And Devt You can see clearly that the founding fathers of this agency have cut out, in clear details, what they want the Fund to achieve as far as growing or supporting the growth of our higher education institution is concerned. Read more

31 August 2017

5 Reasons Why the 120 Minimum Point is Good for Nigerian Universities

While some Vice Chancellors condemned the 120 cut-off mark policy the JAMB Registrar urged Nigerians to wait and see the effects of the policy. Read more

5 Reasons Why You Should Study Online

We live in an era where everything has moved online, from shopping to banking to watching TV, and education is no exception. Read more

Australia to Partner Nigeria to Promote Science, Innovation, Tech in Schools

The Australian Government has expressed its desire to partner Nigeria ‎in promoting and growing potential for young people in science, innovation and technology from university level down to the primary school level. Read more

FG-Offers Scholarship to 222 Girls amid ASUU Strike

Nominations of the girls were based on their performances in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Read more

German Varsity to Design, Operate Private Medical Varsity in A’Ibom

A Germany university, the University of Hamburg (UKE), has expressed its willingness to partner in the execution of the proposed Thompson and Grace Medical University (TGMU) and the Specialty Hospital in Afaha Obong community of Abak Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State. Read more

Giving Education the Priority it Deserves

As the Academic Staff Union of Universities prepares to meet the federal government again owing to the strike it embarked, experts who have been monitoring the development say the government should show more commitment towards ensuring a knowledge-driven economy that accords priority and adequate funding to quality and functional education. Read more

Government, not ASUU Is the Problem of Higher Education in Nigeria

One of the major challenges of higher education in Nigeria is the incessant strikes by ASUU due to the failure of government to honour agreements between them. Read more

JAMB Releases Cut-Off Marks, Sets Deadline For Change of Institution

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Tuesday released the cut-off marks for this year’s admission into the country’s universities, polytechnics and colleges of education. Read more

NABTEB Registrar Attributes Decline in TVE to Poor Funding

The Registrar of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Professor Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, has attributed the low rate of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) in Nigeria to poor funding of technical colleges by government at all levels. Read more

National Agency Partners With Academia to Fight Corruption

The country’s anti-corruption agency is partnering with the National Universities Commission, or NUC, to sponsor 20 doctoral theses engaging with anti-corruption issues over the next 10 years and to introduce an anti-corruption course for all students at undergraduate level. Read more

Training Firm Canvasses Technology-oriented Curriculum

The Programme Director, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Mr. Rajiv Sharma, has stressed the need for the curriculum of schools in the country to be technology-oriented and that it should be tailored towards training people’s mind, fine-tuning the language and programme people for better future. Read more

UNILORIN Appoints New VC

The Governing Council of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has approved the appointment of Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem as its 10th Vice-Chancellor. Read more

University Sacks 18 Lecturers, Others for Plagiarism, Extortion, Sexual Harassment

The Governing Council of the Delta State University, Abraka has sacked 10 lecturers, eight non-teaching junior staff and warned 17 dons for extortion, sexual harassment and gross misconduct, among others. Read more

UTME Cut-Off Marks: Monitoring Admission Processes, Dropping Education Standard

Following the announcement of new cut-off points by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for higher institutions, which generated uproar in the country, some experts are calling for the reversal of the policy, just as the board explained the rationale behind the new minimum scores for admission into higher institutions. Read more

15 August 2017

35 Medical Students Return from Ukraine, Become Doctors

35 of 85 medical students of the Osun State University who were sent to a Ukrainian university for medical studies by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration have returned to Osun. Read more

A Befitting End to HND-BSc Dichotomy

A muted jubilation over the announcement that the dichotomy between HND and BSc in the civil service has been removed, indicates that there are still hurdles to cross in the age-old discrimination against HND holders. Read more

A University Struggling With Its Past and Future

The crisis rocking Ladoke Akintola University of Technology appears intractable as the institution remains shut for more than 10 months while the two owner-state governments –Oyo and Osun – battle for its soul, leaving students and staff in a helpless situation. Read more

Commission Considers 200 Private University Applications

The National Universities Commission in Nigeria said it is currently processing over 200 applications for new private universities in the country. Read more

Entrepreneurial Learning Should Start From Elementary School

As part of efforts to fast track economic growth, Life-Baker International School has harped on the need to introduce entrepreneurial skills to children at an early stage. Read more

‘Entrepreneurship Education Will Tackle Joblessness’

Chairman of Tafa Local Government of Niger State Ado Abubakar has said the entrepreneurship programmes of the Young Doctors Academy, Gauraka will help reduce unemployment in the country. Read more

Forum Wants More Funding For Education

The Transparency Advocacy Development Initiative (TADI) has urged the Federal Government to commit more funds to development of education. Read more

List of Private Universities in Nigeria

The most interesting thing about private universities is that getting admission into any one of them is easy. Read more

Open, Distance Education Accommodates More Learners, Say Dons

Director, Open and Distance Education, National Universities Commission (NUC), has advised admission seekers to seek the viable option of open and distance learning as it has the capacity to accommodate more learners. Read more

Special Education Needs Attention’

The Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo was established to care for the needs of special students. For the past 40 years, the institution has been training the physically challenged, thereby contributing hugely to national development. Read more

UI Chapter Notifies VC, Stops Examinations, Others

The University of Ibadan (UI) chapter of the union wrote the vice chancellor of the institution, intimating him of its participation in the exercise, which it described as total, comprehensive and indefinite. Read more

Universities for Army, Navy, Maritime Coming -Education Minister

Minister of Education said that, three of the universities were for the Army, Navy and Maritime respectively and would take off soon. Read more

What to Do When the Universities Are Shut Down

If you are an undergraduate in any of the public higher institutions brace yourselves for a long stay at home. Read more

15 July 2017

66 Students of Cherryfield College Pass UTME

66 students out of the 68 graduating students of Cherryfield College, Jikwoyi in Abuja have scored the 180 cut-off point required by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in the recently released results of the Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination (UTME). Read more

Council on Education Endorses Separate Religious Studies, Revised Curriculum for 2018

The National Council on Education (NCE) has endorsed the Federal Government decision to separate Christian Religious Studies (CRS) and Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) as stand-alone subjects, after their infusion into one single subject generated controversy. Read more

FG Stops Discrimination between Degree Holders

With this new development, HND holders will be paid the same as BSC graduates at the entry point. Read more

Getting Nigerian Universities Back On Track

A deep intellectual and practical discourse to transform the Nigerian universities from institutions that merely answer to the epithet ‘university’ to universities indeed, recently engaged the attention of policy experts, academics, technocrats, bureaucrats, and the general public at a seminar organized by Ibadan School of Government and Public Policies (ISGPP) at the conference centre of the University of Ibadan (UI). Read more

Group Trains 25 Corpers on Teaching Methods

An innovative group, ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education’ has trained about 35 corps members on teaching techniques to improve the methods of teaching in schools. Read more

Let Ibadan Technical Varsity be

Findings suggest that the technical university, Ibadan, was established at almost a zero cost to the state government since it is largely on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. Read more

Private University vs Public University

This debate is senseless. The debate about which type of university is better is pointless. Read more

Rousing Reception for Akubuiro’s Prodigals in Paradise as Unilag Hosts Journalist

The Faculty of Arts Boardroom, University of Lagos, was filled to the brim with students and lecturers from English Department as they came to participate in the monthly Book Reading session. Read more

Sokoto Earmarks N900m for Payment of Scholarships

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has approved the release of N900 million for the payment of tuition fees and upkeep allowances to students of Sokoto indigenes studying in both Nigeria and abroad. Read more

There Is More to Degree Disparity than FG Salary for HND Holders

The disparity that has consigned HND holders to job discriminations is said to have sprouted from the visions with which polytechnic education was set up. Read more

30 June 2017

12,000 Students to Participate in Lagos Entrepreneurial Programme

About twelve thousand students drawn from six higher institutions in Lagos state are expected to participate in this year’s entrepreneurial and skill acquisition programme being packaged by the state government. Read more

50 Percent 2017 Intervention Funds Accessed By Higher Institutions

The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr Abdullahi Bichi Baffa has disclosed that over 50 per cent of its 2017 direct intervention fund has been accessed by higher institutions across the country. Read more

African Universities Align With AU on 2063 Education Agenda

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has promised to align its activities with the African Union’s (AU) 2063 Agenda on education. Central to this was the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA-2025) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024.) Read more

AUN Appoints New President

The Board of Trustees of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) has appointed an American international educator, Dr. Dawn Dekle, as president of the institution after an international search to replace the former occupier of the office, Margie Ensign. Read more

Better Utilisation of Nigerian Varsities will Boost Development

A Professor of Agricultural Engineering, and former Vice Chancellor, OAU, Ile-Ife, Michael Faborode said Nigeria must be alive to its roles to its citizens, and utilise its universities as the knowledge factories of ideas and innovations for development to take place. Read more

Caleb Varsity’s Experience, Indication of Great Research Potentials

The Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Prof. Ayandiji Daniel Aina, has said the university’s experience over the last few years strongly indicated the great potentials in the university in instituting a learning context that is rich in educational opportunities, research and scholarship. Read more

Going to University Halves Risk of Heart Disease, 30-Year Study Shows

Going to university slashes the risk of heart disease, particularly among women, new research shows. Statistics show people with the worst education are much more likely to develop the cardiovascular condition. Read more

Govt Tasked on Uniformity of Standard in Nigerian Schools

The federal and state governments as well as other relevant stakeholders in Nigeria’s educational sector have been urged to work towards ensuring uniformity of standards in the running of public and private schools in the country. Read more

LASU VC Stresses Need for Students to be Patriotic

The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, (LASU), Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun has called on students to be passionate about their country in order to assist in its developmental efforts saying that no country can be higher than the commitment of its citizens. Read more

Monarch Joins Furore over New Specialised College Bill

An influential king in Western Nigeria has intervened in the ongoing controversy around the scrapping of management science courses in 25 federal universities of agriculture in a move aimed to correct what is perceived by the education minister as mission drift away from the fundamental objectives of the specialised universities. Read more

Nigeria to Get $961M Loan for Education and Economic Recovery Plan

A total of $961million has been approved by the World Bank to support the implementation of Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020. Read more

Nigerian Youths Urged to Develop Entrepreneurship Skill

Nigerian youths and graduates of higher institutions across the country have been urged to develop skills in entrepreneurship and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), to advance their job opportunities. Read more

Why African Leaders Must Invest in Education by Ghanaian President

Stakeholders in African education system have identified lack of political will to invest in education as the bane of development in the continent. Read more

Why Senate Should Amend Tetfund Law

Funding is the problem of both federal and state universities and to some extent private universities. However, the effect of poor funding is more pronounced with state universities. Read more

15 June 2017

Alake Tasks Buhari Over Scrapping of Management Courses in Specialised Varsities

The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has expressed concern over the directive of the education minister, Adamu Adamu that all specialised universities should stop offering management courses forthwith. Read more

Closure of Institutions in Southern Kaduna Punitive, Vindictive – SKYSFOM

Southern Kaduna Youth and Students Forum, SKYSFOM, has noted with dismay that the closure of institutions in the area by the Kaduna State government‎ is punitive, vindictive and in bad omen. Read more

Facts about Education in Oyo State

The issues being experienced by the tertiary institutions in Oyo state today are a result of years of maladministration. Read more

Higher Education – An Antidote to Boko Haram

In the wake of a series of suicide bomb attacks this year on the University of Maiduguri by Islamic extremist terror group Boko Haram, academics have called for the government to revamp education and vocational training in order to discourage the recruitment of young men and women as cannon fodder by the militant extremist group. Read more

Joint Poly Unions Agree To Suspend Ongoing Strike in Delta Polytechnics for One Month

The Joint Unions of Polytechnic Staff in Delta State have agreed to suspend their ongoing strike in the three State Owned Polytechnics in Delta State for one month, beginning from Thursday, June 8 to enable the Delta State Government consider and meet with their demands with a view to restoring industrial peace and harmony. Read more

Quanser Seeks Collaboration with Covenant in Grooming Quality Engineers

Quanser, a firm specialized in the deployment of transformational laboratories for the global academic community, has indicated its interest in partnering with Covenant University with a view to developing system-level software for the University for efficient teaching and learning. Read more

15 May 2017

12 Universities to Undergo Financial Probe

The Federal Ministry of Education has inaugurated a seven-person committee to probe the use of grants for ‘take-off’ projects in 12 universities established between 2011 and 2013 – three of which are under investigation by the national Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Read more

Akwa Ibom Government Tasks Tertiary Institutions on Curriculum Development

Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel has called on university administrators in the country to rejig the curriculum and give priority attention to Information and Communication Technology [ICT]. Read more

Appraising JAMB’S Approach to Eliminate Examination Fraud with New Innovation

Yearly, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), conducts Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for millions of students yearning for university, polytechnic and monotechnic education nationwide. Read more

British Council, CIE Celebrate Students’ Performance in Cambridge Exam

Fifty-Eight Nigerian students have been honoured by the British Council and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), for their exceptional performance in Cambridge examination series. Read more

Educationist Advocates Reintroduction of HSC in School Curriculum

Disturbed by display of youthful exuberance by some university students particularly in their 100 level, a retired permanent secretary in Ondo State, Mr. Erastus Akinkuowo yesterday advocated the reintroduction of Higher School Certificate (HSC) programme in Nigerian education curriculum. Read more

Ethical Issues in Nigeria’s Higher Education and governance

From all interrogations in symposia, lectures, workshops, conferences, submissions of policy makers and independent opinions of parents and parent teachers associations, Nigeria is in dire need of quality education characterised by duty, moral obligation and moral commitment different from the status-quo. Read more

EU Open More Education Opportunities to Nigeria

The European Union (EU) said that Nigeria was among the countries it had opened more educational opportunities to, under its Erasmus +Programme. Read more

Government Pledges to Pay Teachers Higher than Other Workers

Teachers may soon earn higher salaries than other workers in the country. The Education Minister, Adamu Adamu dropped the hint yesterday while inaugurating the Governing Councils of 21 Federal Colleges of Education in Abuja. Read more

HDI Launches Higher Education Fund for Underprivileged Students

To ensure continuous education of the underprivileged children to tertiary level, a non-governmental organisation, Human Development Initiative (HDI), has launched Tertiary Education Trust Fund (HDI-TETF). Read more

Our Curriculum Must Be Reviewed to Promote Sound Character and Self-Reliance

A former president of the General Conference, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), posited that a review of the school curriculum to promote character, independent thinking and self-reliance in youths coupled with the political will from elected functionaries are needed to propel Nigeria’s education sector to enviable heights. Read more

Rhema University Holds Maiden Education Exhibition

Rhema University, Aba, made history recently when she held her first education exhibition which showcased wonders of the great citadel of learning. The programme, which attracted many academics, school heads and dignitaries from all walks of life, was intended to sensitize the public on special educational features and unique packages available at Rhema University. Read more

Teachers Reveal How Education Has Changed Dramatically Over the Past 20 Years

A lot has happened since today’s college graduates were born. A handful of long-time teachers reflect on those changes. Read more

The University, the Student and the Workplace

In most countries as it is also in Nigeria, the university is the apex institution of the educational system which starts from the primary, the secondary and the tertiary institutions which includes the colleges of education, the polytechnics, other professional and specialised institutions of higher education with the university as the crown jewel. Read more

UNESCO Decries Inability of Governments to Meet Demand for Higher Education

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has lamented the inability of governments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa to meet the growing demand for higher education. Read more

UTME Candidate’s Father Threaten to Sue JAMB over Network Failure

Smart threatened legal action against JAMB for “breach of contract” against the Nigerian parents and every candidate who fell victim to “the inadequate preparation”. Read more

World Bank Boosts STEM Projects in Universities with $70 million

As part of its contribution to the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), in the nation’s universities, the World Bank has committed $70m to projects in 10 institutions across the country. Read more

30 April 2017

ASUU Faults Registration Logjam, Asks Oloyede to Step Aside

Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr. Deji Omole has asked the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Professor Ishaq Oloyede to voluntarily resign his position for the lopsided nature of the ongoing JAMB registration coordinated by the Board. Read more

ASUU wants JAMB Scrapped Because Lecturers are “Out of Business” – Coalition

The Joint Action Coalition of Civil Society Organization for Transparency in Governance has ​called on Nigerians to ignore those “out of business” calling for scrap of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) ​and support on-going ​re​​forms by the exam body.​ Read more

Educator Calls for Uniform Cut-Off Mark

Every candidate seeking admission into Nigerian universities should be made to gain admission with a uniform cut-off mark. Read more

FG Vows to Phase out Uncertified Teachers Next Year

The Federal Government has said that it will not allow any teacher without Professional ‎Certificate of the Teachers’ Registration Council (TRCN) to teach beyond this year, 2017. ‎Read more

Higher Institutions Urged to Inculcate Moral Behavior in Youths

The acting Registrar, National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) Professor Muhammad S. Abdullahi has charged institutions of higher learning to consider as critical addressing the decline of moral behavior among youths. Read more

How a Self-Published Author Sold 10,000 Books

Most books are written to be bought and read for the author to make some income. With the doors of traditional publishing getting narrow, many writers have found relief in self-publishing. Read more

JAMB: When Truth Hurts Infinitely

Nigerians resent truth. They abhor it and seek to cage it within the prisms of their crooked instincts. When President Muhammadu Buhari launched the national re-orientation campaigns for attitudinal change tagged #ChangeBeginsWithMe#, many Nigerians never saw the wisdom. But successive events are now illuminating the necessity of the campaigns. Read more

Monarch Tasks Poly Management on Industrial Devt Curriculum

A royal father, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi has called on the management of polytechnics in the country to focus on the various curricular that would produce the manpower needed to drive the industrial development and other policies of government. Read more

Rector Warns Lecturers against Extortion, Matriculates 7,066 Students

Dr. Sanusi Jimah, the Acting Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, warned lecturers against extortion of money from students of the institution. Read more

UATH gets Higher Grade PCR Laboratory

The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) has launched a higher grade Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) laboratory at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada. Read more

Publishers’ Association Inaugurates State Chapters

The National President, Nigerian Publishers’ Association (NPA), Mr. Gbadega Adedapo, has berated the activities of pirates in the country, saying the body has started inaugurating its state chapters to protect the publishing industry in the country and guide against piracy. Read more

Policy, System Should be Reviewed

As the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) prepares to administer its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in May, University Dons who have been monitoring the development, said despite the challenges confronting the board, it should review its current policy to enable candidates surmount the problems, improve on its system, while calling for support from Nigerians. Read more

Stakeholders Canvass Varsity Status for FCET Umunze

A former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has called on the federal government to elevate the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, would widen students’ access to higher degrees in technical education and equip them with employable skills. Read more

15 March 2017

Air Force Institute Admits 277 Out of 10,000 Applicants

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna, has admitted 277 students out of the 10,000 applicants that applied for engineering courses. Read more

Bauchi College to Offer Degree Courses

AD Rufa’i College for Legal and Islamic Studies Misau has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ‎with Bayero University, Kano (BUK), to run affiliated degree programmes in some selected courses. Read more

CODET Seeks Contribution to National Development

The Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET) has revealed its plan to leverage on engineering partnerships so as to drive change in the society. Read more

Curtailing Unemployment through Vocational Education and Training

Worried by the sprawling unemployment that has almost capsulated many countries, especially developing ones such as Nigeria, Ganiyu G. Oke, a professor of Adult Education in the Department of Adult Education, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, in his inaugural lecture called for prompt attention to be given to vocational education and training, as a way of creating more jobs and sustaining existing ones for our teeming youths, putting an end to unemployment and to grow the economy. Read more

Hope as Pro-chancellors Meet on Quality Education

Participants have gathered in Abuja for a two-day conference organized by the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CPC) aimed at improving and maintaining the quality of higher education in a harsh economic environment. Read more

How CBN New Forex Policy Affects Students in Diaspora

When the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, rolled out its foreign exchange monetary policy, it was perceived by many Nigerian students as a step in the right direction aimed at alleviating the suffering of the citizenry, especially those who do business in foreign currency. Read more

Lawmaker Tasks Varsities on Training of Railway Engineers

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator ‘Gbenga Ashafa has called on faculties of engineering in Nigerian Universities to immediately commence the training of rail-infrastructure engineers. Read more

Panel Indicts Katsina Higher Institutions

A visitation panel set up by the Katsina State Government to probe finances of its four higher institutions has indicted the schools, accusing them of keeping poor financial records. Read more

Pro-Chancellors Seek Autonomy for Universities

The Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities has called governments to give full autonomy to universities to allow them respond to their demands. Read more

Senate President Urges Universities to Shun All Comers Programmes

The Senate President, has urged Nigerian universities to be agents of community development rather than running all-comers’ programmes. Read more

State University Matriculates 1,367 Students

At the 4th matriculation ceremony of the university that the new students were admitted out of over 13,000 candidates. Read more

Strike Paralyses Auchi Poly

The Federal Polytechnic Auchi has been deserted for weeks as a result of the strike embarked upon by various academic and non-academic unions in the institution. Read more

Students Protest in UNILAG, Demand Restoration of Students’ Union Body

Students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka protested against the school management’s high-handedness which led to the banning of the Student Union Government (SUG) on campus and the rustication of eleven students, among other issues. Read more

Tetfund Begins Project Defence for Tertiary Institutions

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has commenced project defence for all the public tertiary institutions in the country, in view of accessing the N213 billion allocation for the 2017 Intervention activities. Read more

Why UI Officials Are On Strike

The non-academic staff unions of the University of Ibadan (UI) directed their members to proceed on an indefinite strike to protest illegal deductions of pensions and shortfall in the payment of salaries. Read more

15 February 2017

19 Nigerian Academics Conduct Research in Shell Sabbatical Programme

A total of 19 academics from different universities in Nigeria have begun research attachments in several fields of study in the latest phase of the sabbatical and internship programme of The Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture, which was introduced in 1980. Read more

Academics Reject Local Language Plan for Sciences

In a rare show of solidarity, university teachers on almost all campuses of both public and private universities throughout the country have rejected a ministerial proposal that science be taught in three indigenous languages commencing at primary school level. Read more

AUST to Inaugurate N2bn Lab Next Month

The President, African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, Prof. Kingston Nyamapfene, has announced the university’s plan to inaugurate a state-of-the-art science and technology laboratory worth N2 billion on March 30. Read more

Lecturer Says Google Search Has Turned Students to Lazy Researchers

A lecturer, says students have become lazy due to their over-reliance on google search for their academic works. Read more

Only One in Four Applicants Gets a University Place

Every year millions of Nigerian students fail to get into university. It will not always be because they did not study hard enough for entrance exams; instead, in many cases, it will be because there simply isn’t enough room for all of them. Read more

Over 300 Institutions Jostle for Inclusion in Beneficiary List

Various institutions have continued to mount pressure on the federal government to further review the laws governing the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for them to be listed as beneficiaries of the intervention fund. Read more

Priest Says Institutions Must Force Students to Think Critically

Catholic education today must be structured as to prepare people not just for now, but for the future. Critical thinking skills must be an integral part of that education such that our students are helped to think critically so that problems can be solved in their unique varieties, instead of parroting answer fashioned by teachers. Read more

Specialised Universities Ordered to Return to Mandates

The Nigerian federal government has ordered all specialised universities to stop offering courses and programmes contrary to their mandates and delete the courses from the portal of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, the agency responsible for university admissions. The move is an attempt to improve education quality in the country. Read more

Why Females Prefer Colleges of Education, Polytechnics

The desire to acquire tertiary education before marriage had made most females in Borno to prefer enrolling in Polytechnics and Colleges of Education instead of universities, some education stakeholders in the state have observed. Read more

31 January 2017

How to Create a Stunning CV

A Curriculum Vitae is one of the most essentials documents in one’s life. Its importance cannot be exaggerated as it literally tells you about a person’s character and accomplishments. Read more

Can Nigeria Become A Global Player?

Many Nigerian students already go outside the country to pursue university education. As a strategic choice, we have to devise ways by which our country can become attractive to students from other countries”. Read more

Forget Your University Certificates, Go Back to Farm – Aregbesola Tells Graduates

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun have charged university graduates to dump their certificates and go back to farm, urging them to see agriculture as viable alternative to white collar job. Read more

No Nigerian Higher Institution Makes Best Universities for Employability List

Going to university and earning a degree might get you a job but going to the right college or university will most likely get you the job of your dreams. Read more

Non-Payment of Lecturer Salaries a Growing Trend

Chronic delays in the payment of lecturer salaries by the federal government are causing major disruptions in Nigerian universities and have already brought some to a standstill. Despite the recession, however, salaries and allowances of all political office holders continue to be paid on time. Read more

Only 2,000, Out Of 5,000 Came For Registration

Very few candidates who were offered admission into the college in the 2016/2017 session have accepted the offer. Read more

What Exactly Is Going on in Our Universities and Colleges?

The average Nigerian student entering tertiary institution whether University or College, is most likely going to be between 15 and 19 years old. Read more

15 November 2016

A New Education Model

The model that I am talking about is a robust educational model that combines traditional content with critically important life-long skills; financial, health, and administrative skills, which can be delivered via existing school systems and teachers/instructors. Read more

Collage of Shame

The photos you see here depict the situation of things, physical infrastructure-wise, in some of the Federal government colleges, otherwise known as Unity Schools. Read more

Much Ado about Educationally Less Developed States

In a bid to ensure a uniform development of the country’s educational sector, the Federal Government, over 25 years ago, formulated a policy of granting some preference to candidates seeking admission into universities across the country, from states that are termed educationally less developed. Read more

NUC Urged To Monitor New Varsities

The National Universities Commission (NUC), has been urged to monitor the eight new universities recently approved by the Federal Government to ensure they conformed to standards. Read more

Only One Doctor to 9,000 People in Niger

The Nigeria Medical Association in Niger State says the ratio of doctors to patients in the state was one to 9,000, as against one to 600 as recommended by the World Health Organisation. Read more

The Eight New Private Universities

The Federal Government last week granted provisional licences for the establishment of eight new private universities in the country, following a recommendation by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Read more

The Myth of Poor Access

This opinion is reflective of the pervasive but spurious notion that we have more qualified candidates than the spaces available in our universities. This is far from the truth.  In fact, the Nigerian university system as it stands today with 40 federal, 44 state and 68 private universities can accommodate all qualified applicants not just from Nigeria, but from the entire West African sub-region. Read more

The Necessity of Educational Flexibility

The necessity of career colleges is crucial to development of the socio economy of any country, especially the developing ones, like ours, because career colleges provide students with options based on not only “what they learn” but “how they learn”. Read more

Universities Oppose Scrapping Of Diploma Courses

The new executive secretary of Nigeria’s National Universities Commission or NUC, a regulatory agency mandated by law to promote quality assurance in higher education, has unilaterally ordered vice-chancellors to scrap all non-degree courses forthwith. Read more

Withdraw Letter of Re-certification of State of Origin Written to Tertiary Institutions – Lawmakers Tell Revenue Agency

The Kwara State House of Assembly on Thursday directed the state Internal Revenue Service to immediately withdraw the letter of re-certification of State of Origin it wrote to various higher institutions in the State. Read more

31 October 2016

Compound Interest: Truth Captured in Figures

As Buhari administration prepares, end of the month, to offer jobs to 200,000 unemployed graduates, out of the estimated 15.7 million, a look at graduate unemployment crisis in the country. Read more

I Almost Lost Track of My Goals—Caleb Varsity Best Graduating Student

The best graduating student of Caleb University, with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.84 in the economics department, Olukemi Emmanuel, shares his challenging experiences. Read more

Kano Spends N2.6b on Education in Two Months

The state commissioner for Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, who made the disclosure in a chats with newsmen in Abuja recently explained that the amount was expended on the payment of teachers’ salaries, scholarship to students studying in various institutions of higher learning, and on accreditation of tertiary institutions in the state. Read more

NBTE Calls for Establishment of More Private Polytechnics

The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, has called for the establishment of more private polytechnics in the country. Read more

Overseas Naira Debit Card Cap: Nigerian Students, Medical Tourists Live on Borrowed Time

The decision of Nigerian banks to cut off their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card services as well as hard currency- denominated online transactions may have destabilised the army of Nigerian students studying overseas, the sick in foreign hospitals and the Diaspora community in general. Read more

Scrapping of Diploma Programmes in Varsities

In a move aimed at refocusing Nigerian universities on their core mandate, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has scrapped pre-degree and diploma programmes in all the institutions. Read more

The Kaduna State Government Has Allocated N43.9 Billion To The Education Sector

The government has budgeted N215.9 billion for the 2017 fiscal year out of which N130.3 billion was earmarked for capital spending and N85.5 billion for recurrent. Read more

The School’s 10MW Solar-Power Plant and What It Truly Means

The Nigerian-German Energy Partnership, NGEP, has begun the process of installing a 10 megawatt solar plant at the University of Ibadan. Read more

Unilorin to Admit Less Than 11,000 Out of 103,238 Applicants

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, has said that out of 103,238 applicants, the university will be able to accommodate less than 11,000. Read more

We Have 68% “Accidental Teachers” In Nigerian Schools – NGO

The Centre for Learning and Educational Development Advocacy Africa (CLEDA-Africa), says 68 per cent of primary and secondary school teachers in Nigeria are “accidental teachers’’. Read more

Why Amaechi Must Sanitise Maritime Academy

All is not well with Nigeria’s only, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron. With the sudden death of the former rector, Dr. Joshua Okpo, the thinking was that the academic staff and the community would seek a peaceful and friction-free engagement to move the organisation forward. Read more

30 September 2016

65 US Universities Woo Nigerians to Institutions

More than 65 universities in the US are to participate in the forthcoming EducationUSA’s 17th Annual College and Career Fair, scheduled to hold on different dates in Lagos and Abuja. Read more

A Review of Adamu Adamu’s Education Roadmap

The Education Ministry looks on the surface as one so easy to manage, but it is certainly not if it is to achieve its role as a key sector for sustainable human and economic development. Read more

‘Emphasising Our Culture Will Promote Tourism’ – KWASU Researcher

Mr. Oluremi Adebayo while speaking at the Olojo Festival Corporate Forum said that tourism in Nigeria can generate so much more than it is now. Read more

Fragile Peace after Vice-Chancellor Selection Row

A fragile peace prevails on the campus of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife after an interim vice-chancellor was elected by the senate, ending months of uncertainty and controversy and the literal absence of a vice-chancellor. Read more

Help From ‘Above’

How university Profs from Uga, Anambra State, are helping secondary students from their community to prepare for public exams. Read more

Kaduna State Commits to Empowering Girls with Education

Governor Nasir el-Rufai has restated the commitment of the Kaduna State Government to girls’ education and guaranteeing nine years of free education in the State. Read more

Nigeria’s Oldest Varsity Enters Top 1000 on Global Rankings

The University of Ibadan is technically the best University in Nigeria at the moment, according to this new ranking. Read more

15 September 2016

ASUU Decries Reduction of Budgetary Allocation to Education

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has decried the reduction of the Federal Government’s allocation to the education sector from 11 per cent in 2015 to 8 per cent in 2016. Read more

Chinese to be Taught in Schools

The Initiative of African Friends of China has urged the Federal Government to approve the teaching of Chinese language in secondary schools across the country. Read more

Dutsin-Ma University Conducts Employee Audit

Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Dutsin-ma, says the Governing Council has directed the management to carry out comprehensive assessment of all employees. Read more

FG Approves NOUN’s e-Learning programme

The federal government has given go ahead for e-Learning programme of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Read more

FG Takes Action to Improve Education Quality

The Federal Government recently presented a draft of education reform plan tagged ‘education for change; a ministerial strategic plan (2015-2019)’ to stakeholders and development partners in Abuja, in an attempt to improve the quality of education output. Read more

Former NUC Secretary Calls for Return of Test

Former secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), has called for the return of the post-UTME test in tertiary academic institutions in the country. Read more

Nile Varsity and Nigeria’s Quest For Science-Based Economy

Tertiary level education forms the bedrock of high level manpower development. This highlights the need for a qualitative education at this level. Read more

Redeemers Varsity to Honour Danjuma, Samson, Produces 25 First Class

The Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State will tomorrow, September 8, install General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) as the second Chancellor of the institution, as well as confer him with honorary degree in Business Administration during its 8th graduation ceremony which will hold at its auditorium. Read more

Senator Awards N50m Scholarship, Warns Against Social Vices

A former Senate President, Senator David Mark has disbursed N50 million worth of scholarship to indigent students in tertiary institutions across the country. Read more

Sokoto Withdraws Students from Foreign Universities

Sokoto state government has given approval for the transfer back home of 39 of its citizens currently in various schools in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. Read more

UNILAG Students Donate Materials to Orphanage

With a thought on the plight of the less privileged children and the need to extend love and care to them, the Business Administration Department, Class of 2015 of the Distance Learning Institute, University of Lagos (UNILAG) during a recent visit to the orphanage wing of the Red Cross Society in Makoko, Lagos donated some materials to the home. Read more

Universities Berate FG Over TSA, Says Policy Negates Autonomy

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday berated the federal government for compelling the nation’s universities to key into the Treasury Single Account (TSA); declaring that “the policy negates the principle of autonomy as contained in the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement”. Read more

Westerfield Students Gain Multiple Varsity Scholarships

Westerfield College, Lagos has demonstrated its quest for excellence in academics after three universities from the UK, US and Canada awarded scholarships to most of its graduating students to study various degree courses. Read more

31 August 2016

35 Nigerian ICT Students to Receive Jim Ovia’s N16m Seed Fund

No fewer than thirty five computer science students who are student members of the Nigerian Computer Society will receive N16 million scholarship fund from Jim Ovia Information Communication Technology, ICT, and Foundation. Read more

50 Nigerian Students Get Scholarships to Study in China

Fifty four students of Confucius Institute of Nnamdi Azikiwe University have been awarded scholarships to further their education in China. Read more

ASUU Warns On Imminent Strike if Grey Areas Are Not Addressed

The seemly stable academic session enjoyed by universities in the past few years may soon be distorted by a prolonged strike if the Federal Government fails to address some grey areas affecting the sector, the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Read more

FG Earmarks N3b for Varsity Research

The Federal government has earmarked N3 billion for high impact researches in federal and state public tertiary institutions, according to Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Funds (TETFUND). Read more

How JAMB under My Leadership Will Conduct Students’ Admissions

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has assured that the 2016 admissions into the country’s tertiary institutions will be smooth. Read more

More Universities Get UNESCO Chairs

Currently, University of Ibadan holds UNESCO Chair in Earth Sciences and Georesources Engineering Management, Global Education Initiative for Nigeria, Benin City has the UNESCO-GEIFON Chair in Environmental Sciences while Kwara State University has UNESCO Chair in Alternative Energy. Read more

Staff Association Accuses Higher Education Leaders of Corruption

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has accused pro-chancellors and vice-chancellors of Nigerian universities of corruption and running the nation’s ivory tower aground through fraudulent activities, diversion of funds and awarding shady contracts. Read more

 ‘UI to Admit 3,000 Out Of Over 29,000 Candidates

The Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan (UI), has said that only 3,000 candidates out of the over 29,000 who scored 200 and above in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and chose the premier university would be offered admission. Read more

Unilorin, 6 Other Universities Develop Anti-Plagiarism Software

The University of Ilorin in collaboration with six other Nigerian universities have developed home-grown anti-plagiarism software, designed to check academic fraud. Read more

Waste of Time, Resources on Useless Diplomas

It was another apt decision in the education sector when the National Universities Commission (NUC) recently announced that Nigerian universities will soon stop running diploma programmes at the undergraduate level. Read more

31 July 2016

Dickson Denies Ownership of Proposed Private Varsity

The Bayelsa State government denied claims by some politicians in the state that the state governor, is planning to establish a private university known as the African University with the scarce funds of the state. Read more

Ghana, Lagos to Collaborate On Improving Education

The University of Education, Winneba in Ghana said it would collaborate with the Lagos State Government to develop its education. Read more

‎FG to Introduce Maritime Law as Course in Nigerian Varsities

The Nigerian Shippers’ Council and the National Universities Commission (NUC) agreed to collaborate on the introduction of Maritime Law as a course of study in Nigerian universities. Read more

FG’ll End Disparity between Varsity Degrees, Polytechnic Diplomas

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is doing everything possible to end the disparity between Higher National Diploma (HND) and University Degree holders in the country. Read more

ICPC, NANS Sign MOU to Check Corrupt Practices in Higher Institutions

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to check corrupt practices in higher institutions. Read more

JAMB Sends Candidates’ Lists to Universities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board yesterday said names of candidates who qualified for 2016 admission screening exercise had been released to universities and other tertiary institutions based on individual institutions’ capacity. Read more

Kebbi Govt Releases N600m for Students’ Scholarship

The Kebbi Government has paid N600 million backlog of tuition and registration fees for indigents of the state studying in various tertiary institutions of learning within and outside the country. Read more

NOUN to Offer Scholarships to 100 Idps

The Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has said that the university is working towards offering scholarships to 100 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country. Read more

Otuoke Varsity to Introduce 16 New Academic Programmes

The Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa, is to introduce 16 new academic programmes in addition to the 12 existing ones from the next academic session. Read more

Police Arrest Six AICE Students over Violent Protests

Six students of Alvan Ikoku College of Education (AICE) Owerri, were arrested by the police following protests in their premises, during which property worth millions, including the office complex of the Provost, were destroyed. Read more

Ranking of Universities Subjective, Political

The Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has said the ranking of universities worldwide is “subjective and political”. Read more

Varsity Senate Should Set Admission Standard

Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) has said the senate of universities should set standards for admission into their institutions. Read more

15 July 2016

ASUU Bemoans 51 Lecturers’ Exit from Kogi Varsity

The Chairman, Kogi State University (KSU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has disclosed that about 51 senior lecturers of the institution have left as a result of irregular payment of salary by the state government. Read more

ASUU Leader Seeks Decentralisation of JAMB

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, yesterday restated call for decentralisation of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Read more

AUN Starts Law Studies in August 2016

The American University of Nigeria has received a full approval by the National Universities Commission and the Council for Legal Education to start her innovative LL.B programme. Read more

Ban on Post-UTME Shallow Thought, Autocratic

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has described as “shallow thought and autocratic. Read more

Education Standards and Scrapping Post-UTME

By scrapping the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), otherwise called Post- JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board) examination, the Federal Government once again advertises inconsistency in Nigeria’s educational system and quest for development. Read more

Ekiti Varsity Workers Protest Stoppage of Subvention

The various industrial unions in Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (EKSU), paralysed activities in the school to protest government’s alleged stoppage of subvention to the school, non-payment of six months salary arrears as well as non-remittance of deductions to their cooperatives. Read more

Firm Invests $12m in 6 Nigerian Varsities

The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has reportedly invested $12 million in six Nigerian tertiary institutions with the aim of developing research and engineering in the varsities. Read more

Institute Scholarships to Reposition Higher Education

The Minister of Education, has said that to improve the falling standard of education in the country, there is need for the nation to give generous and targeted scholarships to students, at all levels, and enhance teachers’ emolument. Read more

JAMB Clarifies 2016 Varsity Admission Procedure, Denies Point System

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made clarification on guidelines for this year’s admission into Nigerian universities. Read more

Mixed Reaction to Scrapping of University Admission Test

While some have welcomed it, many academics, business representatives and civil society groups in Nigeria have rejected Federal Minister of Education’s recent scrapping of the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination admissions system. Read more

Nigerian Varsities and Their Autonomy

It is very appropriate that the founder of AfeBabalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for a strict obedience of the laws, regulations and the series of court judgments delivered over the years on the limitations on the powers of Visitors, Vice Chancellors and Councils of universities if the age-long and all-important autonomy of the university system is to be preserved in the country. Read more

NUC, UNESCO Partner on Introduction of Gender Course in Varsities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and other stakeholders are in the final stages of the introduction of a new course, Gender and Transformative Leadership, into the university curriculum. Read more

Only Exam Board Has the Power to Admit Students into Universities

The Federal Ministry of Education has iterated that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has the power to admit students into higher institutions in the country. Read more

Reforms in Our Tertiary Education Not Based On Religion or Witch-Hunt

The Governor of Osun State, has described the speculation that the ongoing restructuring and reforms being carried out in all the state-owned tertiary institutions are aimed at retrenching workers as false and baseless. Read more

Sanusi Urges Graduates to Embrace Various Govt. Empowerment Programmes

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has advised unemployed graduates in the country to take advantage of the various empowerment programmes of the government to become self-reliant. Read more

Students Beg Kogi University Lecturers to End 3-Month Strike

Students of Kogi State origin in tertiary institutions, have appealed to lecturers in Kogi State University, Ayangba, to call off their three months old strike. Read more

Students Receive Over U.S. $4.6 Million Scholarship Fund

Nigerian students have received over 4.6 million dollars’ worth of academic scholarships from higher institutions towards furtherance of their education this year. Read more

UI ASUU Chair Slams Minister Over Post-UTME

The Minister of Education, received a knock from the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, over his recent ‎pronouncement on banning of post-JAMB examinations in Nigerian universities, describing it as incursion into the autonomy of the universities. Read more

VC Solicits Financial Assistance to Develop UNIMED

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Science, Ondo, Ondo State, Prof. Friday Okonofua, has called on well-meaning sons and daughters of Ondo State to assist the university financially to enable it develop. Read more

30 June 2016

Challenges Confronting Universities – Now and In Future

Professor of applied chemistry and former head of service for the Nigerian government, presented a futuristic and thought-provoking paper on transforming universities for this century and beyond, at the Annual Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. Read more

Curbing Poverty, Unemployment through Education

To tackle the problems of poverty and youth unemployment which are on the increase in Nigeria, experts have called for curriculum reform and a shift from certificate acquisition to equipping students with 21st century work-ready skills. Read more

Enugu Appoints New Rector, Governing Council for IMT

Enugu State Governor, has appointed Prof. Augustine Nweze as the new Rector of the Institute of Management and Technology. Read more

Investment in Education Will Bring Hope to Future Generations

The former Vice-Chancellor, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), has stressed the need for the country to have a proud and cohesive people where appropriate values and attention are placed on key sectors such as education, human rights and security by government. Read more

Lagos Urges Undergraduates to be Passionate about Entrepreneurship

The Lagos State Government has urged youths, especially undergraduates, to be passionate about always excelling in life, notwithstanding their circumstances. Read more

Ministry, Vice-Chancellors to Meet Over Post-UTME

The Federal Ministry of Education has decided to convene a meeting with vice-chancellors, admission officers, and other stakeholders to discuss processes for the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Read more

Nigerians Need Quality IT Education for Self-Reliance

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Aptech Training Institute, spoke on why Nigerians need to acquire qualitative information technology education. Read more

Nigerian Turkish Nile University Medical Faculty Gets NUC Accreditation

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has given approval to the Nigerian Turkish Nile University (NTNU) to admit students into its College of Medicine. Read more

Nigerian Varsities May Be Truly Autonomous

Elder Statesman and Founder of Afe Babalola University, has called for a strict obedience of the laws, regulations and the series of court judgments delivered over the years on the limitations on the powers of Visitors, Vice Chancellors and Councils of universities if the age-long and all-important autonomy of the university system is to be preserved in the country. Read more

Over 90 Percent of Project Work of Tertiary Students Are Plagiarised

Founder of Gregory University and chairman Trust Global Technologies Limited said over 90% of the projects written by students in tertiary institutions across the country are plagiarized. Read more

VC Urges FG to Grant Education Loan to Varsity Students

The Vice Chancellor of the Redeemers University, advised the Federal Government to grant education loan to university students to enable them tackle school fees problems in their various institutions. Read more

What Our Public Universities Can Learn From Private Ones

Private universities have become in the last decade an influential fixture of Nigeria’s educational landscape. Read more

You Can’t Fix Nigeria without Education

The duo of the former Minister of Information and National Orientation and the Chancellor of Covenant University, have advised President Muhammadu Buhari to consider fixing the education sector if truly he is committed to rewriting the nation’s history for good. Read more

15 June 2016

Academic Researchers Block N’Assembly, Seek Amendment of TETFUND Act

Academic researchers in Nigeria, under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Research Institutes, on Monday blocked the entrance of the National Assembly in Abuja, protesting against their exclusion from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund. Read more

Buhari Has No Case to Answer on Certificate Suit

The suit reportedly filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, challenging Muhammadu Buhari’s eligibility to contest the 2015 presidential election on the ground that he does not have a School Certificate, the basic educational qualification set out by the constitution for a candidate seeking to run for the office of president, is dead on arrival. Read more

FG Scraps Post UTME, Pegs Cut-Off Points At 180

The Federal Government ordered that the controversial examinations usually organised by universities in Nigeria for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations should be scrapped. Read more

Ogun Students Protest Lecturers’ Unpaid 14 Months Salaries

Students of Tai Solarin College of Education, TASCE, Omu Ijebu, Ogun State, are protesting the non-payment of 14 months salaries of their lecturers at the state secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Oke Ilewo. Read more

One Year of Education under Change Agenda

According to the great Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I cannot agree less with Madiba. If Nigeria must witness change in the real sense the most potent weapon to be deployed is education. Read more

Oshiomhole Seeks Subsidies for Indigent Intelligent Varsity Students

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has called on the Federal Government to review its policy on university education with a view to subsidising tuition for indigent students. Read more

Reps Move to Establish Education Bank for Students

Lack of access to quality education by indigent youth desirous of learning may soon become history as the House of Representatives moved to establish a body (Education Bank) responsible for making interest-free loans available for education purposes. Read more

15 May 2016

FG Will Harmonise University Tuition Fees

The Federal Government will harmonise tuition fees in all federal universities to stop arbitrary charge of fees by some university authorities. Read more

FG Approves VEIs, IEIs as Alternate Routes to Higher Education

To increase access to higher education, the federal government has approved the establishment of the private sector-led Vocational Enterprise Institutions (VEIs) and Innovation Enterprise Institutions (IEIs) with the aims of serving the needs of the industry and achieving self-empowerment in the country. Read more

Fresh Vista for Establishment of Education Bank

Calls for the establishment of Nigerian Education Bank has been on for nearly a decade. But not much has happened in this direction despite groups and influential individuals joining the fray. Read more

Investment in Higher Education Will Stem Brain Drain

A group of education experts have called for the improvement investments in higher education institutions to help stem brain drain being experiences in some countries. Read more

Universities Move to Contain Spreading Student Protests

Public universities in Nigeria that remain open have been advised to urgently begin semester examinations in an attempt to contain the spread of student protest action that has swept across public sector institutions. Read more

30 April 2016

ASUU Demands Agreement Implementation

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nsukka zone has demanded the immediate implementation of the 2009 agreement entered by the federal government with the union. Read more

ASUU Decries Cut in Allocations to Federal Universities

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abuja Zone, has expressed displeasure over cut in allocation for personnel expenditure to Federal Universities by the Federal Government. Read more

Spend Your Resources Wisely, Buhari Tells Universities

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged university administrators to ensure prudent management of scarce resource at their disposal. Read more

UNIBEN Produces Heads of 8 Tertiary Institutions in a Year

The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), described the recent appointments of eight of its academic staff as heads of various institutions across the nation as unprecedented. Read more

University of Lagos: An Inevitable Shutdown

Hardship over absence of light, water halts learning indefinitely. Read more

Varsity Loses Accreditation after Sacking 153 Lecturers

The Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) has reportedly lost the accreditation of several courses after the management allegedly dismissed 153 lecturers of the university. Read more

15 April 2016

FG Asks Universities to Foster Research

The Minister of State for Education, has called on universities to promote effective researches with a view to boosting knowledge and products development. Read more

Kaduna Govt To Restructure Scholarship Programme, Accommodates Physically Challenged

The Kaduna State government said plan has been concluded to restructure the state’s scholarship scheme to accommodate the indigent and physically challenged in the state. Read more

Kaduna State University to Graduate 100 Medical Doctors

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Health said the Kaduna State University (KASU) would be able to produce 100 medical doctors annually in three years time. Read more

Okorocha Advocates Classification of Nigerian Universities

Governor of Imo has called for the classification of Nigerian universities as being practiced in other nations. Read more

Planners Hold Professional Education Programme

The Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC) and the Centre for Human Settlements and Urban Development, Federal University of Technology, Minna, have said they will soon commence the 2016 Mandatory Continuing Professional Planning Education Programme (MCPPEP) in two centres. Read more

Providing Quality Education amid Insurgency in Yobe

The scale of destruction wrought by insurgency on education in Yobe State between 2010 and 2014 is to put it mildly, mind boggling. No level of the educational system, from tertiary to primary schools, was spared. Read more

Students Unrests: FG Wades in, Constitutes High Powered Fact-Finding Panel

Following the recent spate of unrest in some tertiary institutions in the country, the office of the Special Assistant to President on Youths and Students’ Affairs (OSAPYS), has reached out to major stakeholders towards resolving the problem. Read more

UNN VC Advocates Entrepreneurship, Research in Tertiary Institutions

In a bid to make Nigerian graduates employers of labour and globally competitive, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Nigeria, has urged higher institutions across the country to give priority to entrepreneurship studies and research development programmes. Read more

1 April 2016

17 Courses Accredited in Plateau State University

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted full accreditation to 17 academic programmes of the Plateau State University. Read more

Buhari Apologises for Dissolving Universities’ Governing Councils

President Muhammadu Buhari has apologised for dissolving governing councils of universities along with the boards of parastatal agencies. Read more

Buhari Will Address Underfunding of Poly Education

The Minister of Education, has promised that the government will address poor funding of polytechnic education to boost technical and vocational education in Nigeria. Read more

Dons Warn Varsities on Using Mercenaries for Accreditation

Two academics warned Nigerian universities to desist from engaging `academic’ mercenaries during accreditation of their programmes. Read more

Ebonyi Governor Sacks 83 Staff of State-Owned College of Education

Governor directed the immediate disengagement of 83 staff of the state College of Education, Ikwo, over alleged irregularities in their appointments. Read more

Jega Heads C’ttee on Revival of Education in Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),  Prof. Attahiru Jega, has been appointed to head an advisory committee that will revive the educational sector in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states of North-West Nigeria. Read more

Varsities, Polytechnics Get Cut-Off Marks in June

JAMB will officially publish the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), cut-off marks for universities and  polytechnics in June. Read more

15 March 2016

Effective Tertiary Education Crucial to National Advancement

The need to enhance the quality of the country’s tertiary education system and reap the numerous benefits therein was the main crux of discourse at the 10th convocation ceremony of Lagos City Polytechnic (LCP). Read more

Forex Ban Hits Nigerian Students Around The World

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has put an end to speculation and announced that students abroad no longer have access to foreign currencies lodged in the central bank to pay for tuition fee and other costs. Read more

Medical Students to Spend 11 Years in Varsity − NUC

The National Universities Commission has declared that any student who wants to study medicine will henceforth spend a minimum of 10 years in the university. Read more

Minister Charges Varsities to Commercialize Research Findings

Minister of State for Education, has charged Nigerian universities to commercialize the end products of their researches as a way of circumventing the constraints of funds from government in the running of the higher institutions. Read more

Researchers Protest Inadequate Funding

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI) on Friday took to the streets in Abuja to show their grievances over poor funding of the nation’s research institutes by successive governments. Read more

29 February 2016

Concern Over Government Usurpation of University Powers

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities has expressed concern over what it described as infringement by the minister of education on the powers of governing councils of universities in recent appointments of vice-chancellors for 12 federal universities. Read more

Minister Sacks 13 University Vice-Chancellors, Councils

Nigeria’s education minister has sacked the vice-chancellors and governing councils of 13 federal universities. In the same breath, he announced the university leaders’ successors. Strangely, no reason was given for the mass firing that has shocked the higher education community and the country. Read more

NUC Grants Al-Qalam University Permission to Establish Post Graduate School

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted permission to Al-Qalam University in Katsina to establish school of post graduate studies. Read more

Sacked 12 VCs Were Arbitrarily Appointed by Jonathan – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Abuja said the recent removal of 12 vice-chancellors of Federal universities by the Federal Government amounted to a violation. Read more

VC Defends Private Varsities

The Vice Chancellor, Christopher University, Mowe in Ogun State, said the proliferation of private universities in the country did not mean they were sub-standard. Read more

15 February 2016

Consult Academics, VC Advises FG

The Vice-Chancellor, Christopher University, Ogun State, has urged the Federal Government to turn to the academia in seeking solutions to the nation’s economic challenges. Read more

NUC Urges ‘Lesser Known’ Universities to Rebrand

The National Universities Commission on Monday advised “lesser known” private and public universities to intensify branding of their programmes in order to attract more students. Read more

Tertiary Unions Oppose Anti-Corruption Treasury Account

Tertiary education unions in Nigeria are campaigning against a Treasury Single Account, implemented by the President to checkmate fraud and corruption in federal institutions and agencies, including in the education sector.  Read more

January 2016

Before Engaging Unemployed Graduates as Teachers

Minister of Labour and Employment, recently announced the intention of the Federal Government to convert most of the unemployed graduates to teachers in a bid to tackle the perennial problem of graduate unemployment. Read more

Covenant University Students Enlightened on Career Path in IT

Covenant University students of the Department of Physics have been enlightened on the robust career pathways in the IT sector at the just concluded Town and Gown seminar, held at the College of Science and Technology conference room recently. Read more

Covenant University will redefine Higher Education Delivery in Nigeria” VC, Signs Pact with GoldTracks

The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, has said that the University would redefine higher education delivery in Nigeria. Read more

Education in 2016: Nigerians Want Change

As activities in the country kick off in 2016, concerned educationists are optimistic that Nigerians will begin to demand for the promised change, especially in the education sector, after having waited with baited breath for seven months to give the Buhari administration time to settle down. Read more

Electricity, Water Problems Spur Clampdowns on Students

The stifling of student unionism in Nigeria is continuing, without any credible plan to find a lasting solution to the problem of campus unrest. Read more

Hosting 10 ACEs boosts image of Nigeria’s Higher Education

Minister of Education, says Nigeria playing host to 10 out of the 22 African Centres of Excellence spread across West and Central Africa has boosted the image of the country’s higher education. Read more

Increase in College Of Education, Polytechnic and Others Enrolment

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday said that the enrolment for Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Monotechnics and Innovative Enterprise Institutions had improved greatly. Read more

Mechanical Engineering Students Urged to Embrace Entrepreneurship

A veteran in the Foundry industry has described entrepreneurship as a panacea to unemployment among youths in Nigeria as he urged Mechanical Engineering Students to embrace enterprise. Read more

Nigerian Universities Churning Out Low Grade Postgraduates, Top Professor

A professor of accounting and finance at the Babcock University, says many universities in the country are merely churning out incompetent masters and doctoral degree holders. Read more

NUC Approves 14 Courses for IBB Varsity

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved 14 academic programmes of the Niger State owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai. Read more

Varsity Withdraws 460 Students over Poor Academic Performance

The Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna in Niger, has withdrawn 460 hundred level students following “very poor’’ performance in the just-concluded academic session. Read more

Students Undergo Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Training

Students of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, recently increased their employability skills as they were trained on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) at the New Lecture Hall, Mechanical Engineering Department. Read more

December 2015

Covenant University Alumni Sets Pace Through Business Networking

The event, tagged “Breakfast Business Roundtable” organised by the Covenant University Alumni Association, was a lively breakfast time with networking sessions, followed by presentations and discussion during the breakfast roundtable. Read more

Don’t Make English, Maths Compulsory for Students Seeking Admission – Okorocha Tells Universities

Governor of Imo State has requested universities in the country and other institutions of higher learning to stop making credit passes in English language and Mathematics compulsory for those seeking admission. Read more

Engineering Body Tasks FCTA to Establish Polytechnic in Abuja

The Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), has urged the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to establish a polytechnic in Abuja in order to enhance technical education in the territory. Read more

Getting Technical, Vocational Education Back On Track

Without a vibrant, knowledgeable and sound working population, a nation will not develop. Many wonder why Nigeria’s growth is stunted. Read more

Higher Education Not Panacea to Curbing Youth Unemployment, Firm Chief Cautions

Quality and relevance, not higher education, are some of the factors that are capable of addressing the country’s rising youth unemployment. Read more

Nigeria Needs a Higher Sense of Purpose

It is no secret that the average Nigerian politician and even many of those who indulge in public debate have often chosen small mindedness over rescuing our country’s soul or our general sense of purpose as a nation.  Read more

Postgraduate Medical Education in Nigeria: Past, Present and Future

The primary examination is the first entry point in both Colleges, with applicants being medical graduates completing their National Youth Service Corp. Read more

Probe Universities on Students’ Extortion

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to take steps to check the arbitrary extortion of students by the administrators of Nigerian universities who have turned the universities to personal estates, to forestall a major crisis in the system. Read more

Senate Orders Review Of Universities Admissions Policy

Senate, the upper chamber of Nigeria’s legislative body, has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to extend the validity of university entrance exam results to three years, and to stop assigning students to institutions for which they have not applied. Read more

November 2015

Association Urges Increased Funding For Medical Schools Association of Colleges of Medicine of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to provide adequate funding for colleges of medicine to enable them achieve the purpose for which they were established. Read more

Buhari Wants Varsities to be Agents of Change The President has charged Nigerian universities and other institutions of learning to reposition themselves and encourage sustainable development through improved quality education. Read more

Chancellor Tasks Varsities on Research Findings His Eminence Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu, has challenged universities to match their research findings with societal needs as this would expedite the country’s growth. Read more

Compulsory Hostel Accommodation On The Campuses The Nigerian government is finalising plans to compel universities to provide student hostels on all campuses.