Nigerian varsities beginning to attract foreign students, says NUC

By Fred Ezeh

National Universities Commission (NUC) said on Friday that Nigerian universities are beginning to attract the interest of foreign students, describing the development as dividends of years of reforms, academically and otherwise, in the university system.

NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, confirmed that for the first time in 20 years, Nigeria has received foreign students from several countries, and recently, students from over 17 countries subscribed to one university alone, courtesy of the African Centre of Excellence (ACE) programme.

Prof. Rasheed, who spoke at the 2022 ACE Regional Conference in Abuja, with the theme: “Sustainable Integration of Digital Education in the Post COVID-19 Era” said the conference was organised with the aim of deepening education stakeholders’ understanding and participation in the digital education landscape.

He confirmed the unbundling of several programmes in the university to enable it refocus and produce professionals in different areas.

Prof. Rasheed confirmed that blueprint for revitalising education in Nigeria was developed and ready for use, until COVID-19 forced a minor change in the document, adopting sustainable integration of digital education.

Prof. Rasheed noted that one of the blueprints was to carry out a comprehensive review of the curricula…

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