The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Abubakar Rasheed, says the commission has commenced the reformation of the curricula of the Nigerian University System (NUS).
He said there was need to design Nigeria’s curricula to meet the present and future challenges to better equip graduates and prepare them to fit into future roles capable of contributing significantly to national development and global competitiveness.
Speaking at the opening of a week-long training on Professional Development Course for Leaders of Teaching and Learning in Nigerian Universities organised by the NUC and the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, in Abuja, he said the reforms would prepare university graduates for future jobs.
He said: “As part of concerted efforts at continuous improvement in the quality of university education in Nigeria, the commission has already triggered the process of curricular reforms in the Nigeria University System, cognizant of the very dynamic nature of the frontier of knowledge especially in today’s technology driven knowledgeable economy.
“The curricular reforms are also driven by the commission’s awareness of the complexity of the skill sets that will be required of graduates of our universities, some of whom may be expected to function at jobs that may not be in existence.
“It is incontrovertible that a critical success factor in the design and implementation of such contemporary and equally futuristic curricula is the availability of a critical mass of academics in Nigerian universities who have not only the cutting-edge content, subject matter knowledge, but who also possess up-to-date pedagogical skills and competencies to facilitate the realisation of the anticipated learning outcomes and desirable student learning achievements.”
Represented by the Research, Innovation and Information Technology Director, Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, Rasheed said the training was to sharpen the dons’ skills to meet the contemporary challenges.
He said: “Our belief is that if we organise periodical professional development courses for our lecturers in modular formats, we will achieve the same objective of quality. This quality will enable us to have better university graduates.
“This partnership with the University of Sussex will ensure a quality hands-on training of our lecturers. It is also based on train-the-trainers as the delegates will return to their institutions to spread their skills.”
The Pro-Chancellor for Research, University of Sussex, Prof Michael Davies, said the training would expose the lecturers to “modern educational skills and facilities”, which the university was known for.
The Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the Federal Government would continue to support initiatives to enhance quality university education in the country.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono, said the ministry would continue to support efforts aimed at honing the pedagogic skills of lecturers.
He said: “We will continue to support initiatives which seek to enhance quality education in Nigeria.
“All the efforts aimed at honing the pedagogic skills of our lecturers will receive unconditional support of the ministry.
“I understand that this training will cover up-to-date and informed approaches to meet the contemporary competitive educational terrain.”
The one-week training had “Transformative Higher Education Pedagogy and Practice,” as its theme.
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