These are the few challenges facing new universities in Nigeria. The challenges include being acclimatised to the environment and building confidence in parents and guardians. We also want to ensure that our facilities are up to date and ready for takeoff. Parents and guardians want to inspect our facilities and they are right about that. They want to put their children in the best of universities with adequate security. We have also been concerned about getting the right scholars, not just people who are looking for jobs. You must have either a PhD or be a registered PhD student.
Your university seems to be an appendage of the University of Lagos. Why is this so?
That is not the case at all. We are under the mentorship of the University of Lagos, which is an official directive from the National Universities Commission. The NUC has devised a means to put new universities under the mentorship of old ones. University of London mentored the University of Ibadan. News universities are supposed to have affiliation to older ones. UNILAG is to be involved in the appointment of our governing council and the recruitment of our principal officers. The mentorship started last year and we are taking off this September. UNILAG is to be involved during the commencement of any academic programme in our university in terms of quality assurance, among other things. Already, the UNILAG VC has set up a committee that has the deputy vice-chancellor, academics and research, as the chair.
It seems that universities have done little in terms of applying themselves to the challenges of the society. Why is this so?
Funding is important in the university system and most of our public universities are underfunded. Paucity of fund made the Academic Staff Union of Universities to fight for TETFund and it is not even enough. TETFund is from the private sector. The government should allow part of TETFund to go to private universities. It should be extended and monitored for research and development. Funding for private universities come from proprietors and missionaries. I am not an advocate of high tuition. The government should go back to establish student loan fund. That is the practice in the United States. In Canada, you pay according to your status, what you pay as tuition is according to your background.
In the western world, universities are given challenges and provided with research fund. A nation is as developed as its universities. There is no way the United States will talk about development without reference to Harvard and Yale. There is no way the United Kingdom will talk about development without reference to Oxford and Cambridge universities. The same applies to Canada, Russia and the likes. Most of our professors are among the best in the world. Our professors are not local at all. The truth about it is that the government has not given universities enough challenges or make enough resources available. There are professors who have done spectacular things in the area of research and development but they do not give them patent. Even when they have patent, they do not give them adequate funds.Do you need original SEO ready articles for your blog or website? If yes, hire Ifiokobong on Fiverr. Expect simply the best from me.
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