FG Committed to Centre of Excellence Projects in Universities – NUC0
THE Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, has expressed the commitment of the Federal Government to support the establishment of centres of excellence in some Nigerian universities, under the World Bank-assisted project.
Okojie disclosed this on Thursday, at a meeting with evaluators from the regional facilitation unit of the Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) project.
The evaluators were in the country to investigate the 15 universities that their proposals had been short-listed for the final competition in Dakar, Senegal, next week.
The NUC boss assured that “there is a strong government support and commitment towards the success of the centres of excellence that would emerge from Nigeria.”
He also said the Federal Government was willing to collaborate with other regional governments in establishing a strong regional higher education policy, as well as building capacity that could be shared across the region.
He was excited that 15 of the 27 proposals forwarded from Nigeria to Association of African Universities were shortlisted to progress to the final stage of the competition.
According to him, seven countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Senegal, were participating in the ACE regional project.
The project is an initiative of the World Bank, to develop regional higher education and promote specialisation among participating universities within areas that address particular common regional development challenges.
It also aims at strengthening the capacities of the universities to deliver high quality training and applied research.
Leader of the delegation from the Association of African Universities (AAU), Accra, Ghana, Professor Jonathan Mba, in his remark, said the team was in the country to investigate the universities whose proposals had been shortlisted for the ACE.
He commended the commitment shown by the NUC and the Nigerian government towards the success of ACE project, designed to strengthen select African universities in science-based education.
Source: Nigerian Tribune