The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has inaugurated a committee on the internationalisation of admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
It is to be chaired by a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega.
This is contained in the weekly bulletin of the examining body obtained by EduCeleb.com on Monday.
JAMB Registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, who inaugurated the committee, said its duty was to put in place the machinery to attract foreign students into Nigerian tertiary institutions, starting from the 2019 / 2020 academic session.
Mr Oloyede, a professor, said that members of the committee include a former Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University, Olugbemiro Jegede and a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Olushola Oyewole and seven others.
According to the bulletin, the Jega-led admission committee is expected to come up with strategies on international admissions, partnerships and academic programmes, as well as the promotion of foreign language programmes.
“The committee was conceived during the 2019 Conference of Rectors, Vice -Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities in Egypt in July,” the bulletin read in part.
“The JAMB registrar said setting up the committee had become necessary in the view of the prevailing localisation of tertiary institutions in the country . The committee is encouraged to support tertiary institutions , particularly the universities , on how to attract foreign candidates into the Nigerian education system .
“The Jega-led committee is also charged with suggesting veritable means through which the foreign centres of JAMB can attract more candidates , especially Nigerians in the diaspora, to apply for admission in Nigerian universities.”
According to the bulletin, the former INEC Chairman said, “I have gone through the terms of reference underscoring the intention of the board to internationalise the nation’s universities . If this is achieved, it will improve the rating of our universities and appreciate their capacity to compete with their international counterparts.”