The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, has disclosed that a lot of Nigerian students who were studying abroad have been returning to Nigerian universities due to the high cost of tuition over at the foreign varsities.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, July 14, Okojie also added that the students are returning as a result of the improvement of quality of education in Nigeria.
He also added that university officials are now choosing to
teach here as opposed to going abroad..
“ Many Nigerian students are coming back home, not only because of issue of high school fees but because there is improvement in programmes in Nigerian universities. They are coming from Ghana and all over the world. The rate of Nigerian lecturers going abroad has also reduced and we will continue to improve our university system ,” he said.
Okojie reacted to the accusation that the NUC is rejecting law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). He said this was due to the wrong assumption that NOUN programmes were part-time, adding that the commission is working towards resolving the issue.
Okojie who will retire from the NUC next month, advised his successor to build on the existing structures to further transform the Nigerian university system.
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