NUC, British Council collaborate on transnational education

By Moyosore Salami   The British Council (BC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with the National Universities Commission (NUC) on Transnational Education (TNE), which details involved forging international partnership with Nigerian Universities, with the aim of boosting Nigeria’s  Cross-Border Higher Education (CBHE) guidelines and programmes. The agreement was reached after a Roundtable Meeting with a UK-government high-level delegation  and the NUC team led by the Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed mni, MFR, FNAL held on Monday 16th May, 2022 at the NUC Boardroom. The…

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ACSPN tasks scholars on competencies in new unbundling of Mass Communication programmes

By Opeyemi Babalola The Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) has stressed the need for communication and media scholars to prepare themselves with the skills needed to perform as mass communication programmess are unbundled. It would be recalled that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had unbundled Mass Communication as a degree programme into several separate degree programmes, thereby, making Mass Communication to be a full Faculty. As of today, the nine programmes that have been approved are: Journalism and Media Studies, Broadcasting, Public Relations, Advertising, Development Communication,…

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UNILORIN Alumni donate N25m indoor fish hatchery complex to Agric faculty

By Opeyemi Babalola The 1988 set of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, has donated Indoor Fish Hatchery Complex worth over N25 million to their alma mater. The alumni, who were from the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries of the Faculty, commissioned the building recently to contribute to the department that produced them and motivate the students to learn. Speaking shortly after the commissioning, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, lauded the alumni body for the convenience brought upon students of the faculty through the provision…

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Political elites positioning themselves to corner resources, Education not their priority – says ASUU

By Moyosore Salami  The Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Ayo Akinwole, has stated that Nigerian political elites are more interested in positioning themselves ahead of 2023 general elections rather than fixing the problems in the education sector of the Country. He disclosed that though government has resumed talks with the Union and against its earlier posture, has agreed to sit with the Union to collectively address the content of the draft renegotiated 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement, which government team started with the…

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TRCN boss, Ajiboye emerges as African teaching regulatory authorities’ President

…promises to ensure all African countries have a teaching regulatory body By Moyosore Salami  The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye, has emerged as the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) President. Ajiboye’s election took place at the end of the 9th Annual Conference and 11th Roundtable of the Federation held in Accra, Ghana.  Ajiboye, who has been vigorously pursuing professionalising teaching in Nigeria promised not to let the Federation down and to expand AFTRA activities to more French and Arabic speaking…

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Polytechnic lecturers call off strike, ask students to resume May 30

By Opeyemi Babalola Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have suspended its ongoing strike embarked upon since April 6 over the failure of the federal government to meet their demands. The Union, in a statement today by its National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa, stated that the union suspended the strike following a decision taken at an emergency meeting of the NEC. While directing students and lecturers to resume on May 30, Yalwa noted that ASUP was only suspending the industrial action for a period of three months…

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NCCE boss seeks closer collaboration with TETFUND

By Moyosore Salami  The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has appealed for stronger synergy between the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the Commission by instituting some changes in TETFund’s intervention processes as it relates to Colleges of Education (CoE). Executive Secretary of NCCE, Professor Paulinus Chijioke Okwelle made the appeal during a visit to the Executive Secretary TETFund, Arc. Sonny Echono. He asked that TETFund add to the accreditation criteria for Colleges of Education the submission of evidence of compliance with NCCE to ensure that Colleges of Education…

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COEASU accuses Buhari regime of reneging on promises, threatens strike

By Moyosore Salami   The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), North-Central zone, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime that it will go on strike if it fails to address the union’s legitimate demands.  The union declared this in a statement signed by its vice president and zonal coordinator, Noah Danlami, in Kaduna recently. It cautioned the regime and state governments that failure to address the legitimate demands with the urgency they deserve, would cripple the college of education system.  The union stressed that the inaction of the government…

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JAMB conducts 2022 UTME for foreign candidates

By Opeyemi Babalola The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday, May 30, stated that it has conducted the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination for foreign candidates. This was disclosed in its latest bulletin obtained by University Times International, stating that the entrance examination which was successfully conducted, was held on Saturday 28th May and took place in five out of the Board’s nine foreign centres.  The centres where the examination was held include: Accra, Ghana; Johannesburg, South Africa; Buea, Cameroun, Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire and Cotonou, Benin Republic.…

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Tetfund inaugurates committee on thesis digitalisation

By Moyosore Salami   The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Arc. Sonny Echono, has inaugurated the Fund’s Thesis Digitization Project Steering and Coordinating Committee.  Inaugurating the Committee recently in Abuja, Echono said the project was necessitated by the need for a National Academic Research Repository (NARR) given that numerous research outputs were lying dormant in libraries across tertiary institutions in the country.  Speaking on the few existing repositories in the country that are not available to national or global audiences, Echono said the ugly development prompted the intervention of TETFund’s…

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