14 September 2017

Nigeria Education Week Begins November 13

The much-anticipated Nigeria Education Week (NEW), a project involving Guardian Newspapers Limited and Books and Sports will kick off in Porthacourt, Rivers State capital on November 13.

The weeklong event, billed to hold at the Hotel Presidential in the Garden City, will be declared opened by the state governor, Nyesom Wike.

The programme, with the theme, "The continuous success stories of Ivy League graduates: Peer review of Nigerian op universities", will feature seminars, exhibitions from education service providers, marketers of science and laboratory equipment, publishers as well as universities who are expected to display their innovations and works.

Participants would be drawn from government regulatory agencies including the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), National University Commission (NUC), Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TEFFUND); as well as stakeholders including seasoned academics from the various institutions, the international community as well as members of the public.

Similarly, the British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, who is the guest of honour is expected to deliver a keynote address at the event.

According to the chairperson, main organising committee, Prof Sidi Osho, three compendium would be launched at the event.

One of the compendium, named "Vade Mecum", is a yellow -page publication containing information about accredited universities in the country and profile of their administrators.

Prof Osho added that the second publication, titled, "The Virtuosi", is a grand compilation of intellectual discourse, which focuses on issues and problems confronting the nation's tertiary education subsector and provides in-depth solutions to them.

She said, " The publication cuts across the egg-heads from the various geo-political zones who took their time to identify the issues confronting the tertiary education subsector, their peculiar differences and set backs in these areas.

"The third compendium is titled "Thanking my alma mater". The ideology behind this publication is that no matter how turbulent the nation's education system is, there are some institutions that have been able to withstand the storm; not just churning out graduates who have excelled but also on their own have been pacesetters in the sector. "

Prof Osho explained that the publication would focus on those institutions that have excelled while graduates of these universities will have the opportunity to celebrate with them.

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