The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCN) says it plans to form a new body in collaboration with other stakeholders in the sector to address the challenges facing university education.
Prof. Micheal Faborode, General Secretary of the committee, disclosed this in an interview yesterday in Abuja.
He said the various committees in the university system had been informed on the steps taken to unify all the different bodies that represent the system.
Faborode said that the decision to form the body was adopted at the 27th conference of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities held at the Nasarawa State, Keffi in 2012.
"The decision now which was adopted in Keffi, is that we should transmute all these bodies into the Association of Nigerian Universities, a unified association, (ANU), which will be the umbrella body to carter for all the constituency of the university system, including even the Governing Councils of the universities, so a committee is being put in place to perfect the implementation process.
"So hopefully, before we get to the end of the year, the ANU would have been firmly established to represent Nigeria universities and coordinate effective legalities of universities in Nigeria, Faborode said.
According to him, the university system has various committees such as Committee of Vice chancellor, Pro-Chancellors, Registrars, Bursars, Librarians, and Academic Planners, among others.
"Globally we have the International Association of Universities (IAU), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), (AAU) Association of African Universities, and even Association of West African Universities (AWAU)," he said.