22 January 2013

Nigeria: Committee of VC's Plans New Body to Tackle Education Challenges

Abuja — 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 on Monday 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 it 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 in outside bodies and coordinate effective legalities of universities in Nigeria."

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.

He said that such various committees were cumbersome and that it was not line with what was obtained globally.

"Globally we have the International Association of Universities (IAU), we have Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), we have (AAU) Association of African Universities, and even Association of West African Universities (AWAU)."

He said that the new association would create an avenue to meet and exchange ideas and express joint opinions on matters affecting universities development generally and others related issues in the country.

"This will also serve as a platform for sharing experiences among colleagues on best practices in order to reduce frictions and move the university system forward.

"It will also serve as a platform for formulating action plans on national issues to be communicated to Government."(NAN)

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