The National Universities Commission (NUC), has disclosed its plans to start ranking universities in Nigeria after several years of not doing so.
This is as the regulatory body declared most of the rankings published and attributed it on the social media as fake.
Its Executive Secretary, Professor Adamu Abubakar Abdulrasheed disclosed this in Abuja after the 2018 budget defence.
He said the NUC had just constituted a high powered Committee headed by a former Executive Secretary of the body, Distinguished Professor Peter Okebukola to advise the Commission on the ranking of Nigeria Universities.
He stressed that due to the lack of ratings of Universities in Nigeria for quite sometime, some group of people would use social media to publish fake “ranking of Nigerian Universities” and attribute it to body.
“The NUC has constituted a high powered Committee to reposition Nigerian Universities.
“They include prominent academicians to help produce good, quality post graduate studies.
“The Committee which is chaired by former Executive Secretary, Professor Peter Okebukola will help to review our curriculum for Nigeria Universities.
“In the next six weeks, we should receive the first report which, among other things, will help us to advise the NUC on the best way to carry out our proposed curricular review in the county and to advise us on the ranking of universities,” he noted.
“NUC has not ranked any University for several years. The Committee will advise us on ranking of Universities because we have not done that for several years. We have not done it , but people just sit down to create it ,” he added.
According to him, the NUC had also drafted a document that will reduce academic period for PhDs to a minimum of three years.
He also added that universities in Nigeria were being positioned to ensure that PhD holders would be retained after graduation, saying, other African Universities had expressed their readiness to cooperate with Nigeria.
In another development, EduCeleb.com earlier reported that the NUC had recently granted approval of the commencement of the Lagos State University’s Open and Distance Learning and Research Institute.
The institute is poised to deliver quality education to all irrespective of where they. Its content are entirely homegrown and are suitable to the needs of prospective learners.