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Develop quality assurance units, NUC tells varsities

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The National Universities Commission has urged universities in the country to develop a robust internal quality assurance system, saying that it remains the only sustainable means to enhance the quality of graduates produced.

NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr. Suleiman Yusuf, disclosed this at the opening session of a three-day national multiplication training on ‘Internal Quality Assurance & Curriculum Development for Anglophone West Africa Higher Education Institutions’ held at the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state.

Yusuf noted that to ensure quality, the commission would continue to encourage universities to develop the capacity of all categories of their staff.

According to him, NUC since its establishment in 1962, apart from ensuring the orderly development of Nigerian universities, had been working to prescribe a minimum academic standard for all the 14 disciplines available in the highest institutions in the country.

“We work to prescribe the minimum academic standard for the courses and we do that through accreditation. Accreditation is a peer review process involving professors from different universities. These experts go to universities to evaluate teaching and learning.

“The NUC does not operate as a law enforcement agency. We operate as partners to the universities. The NUC also facilitates capacity building workshops for officers in the universities on how to develop the practice of quality assurance.

“But all over the world, it is a known fact that external quality assurance is not the most reliable. It is the internal quality assurance of the universities that is more robust and reliable and that is what we want the universities to develop,” Suleiman said.

Speaking earlier, a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The Redeemer’s University and the President, West Africa Anglophone Quality Assurance Network, Prof Kayode Adekeye, said universities need constant checks by using the quality of graduates, research work and services rendered to identify areas that required further improvement.