|[05 Sep 16] :: Unijos hosts 31st AVCNU Conference|
|The Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) has held its 31st Annual Conference in the University of Jos.|
The Conference which brought together education stakeholders from within and outside Nigeria to deliberate on how to resolve the current inadequacies and challenges in the Nigerian education system, took place at the Chief Richard Akinjide SAN, International Centre for Law and Diplomacy, Naraguta Campus of the University.
In a chronology of the state of the Nigerian education system at the occasion,the Secretary-General of AVCNU, Prof. Michael Faborode said that, the Nigerian Tertiary education system should always pay attention to its cultural make-up and be relevant to the implementation of the nation’s developmental goals. He explained that the conference was to ensure that the Nigerian University system does not operate exclusively within local standards but rises to become a global brand.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong, welcomed the Vice-Chancellors and said the Conference was not only an opportunity to further intellectual discourse but also a platform to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the State.
He decried the fact that Plateau State University (PLASU) has not had a Convocation ceremony for over ten years, thereby denying students opportunities to formally graduate from the University and stated that the Rescue administration had set plans in motion to ensure that courses in the University were accredited. He called on the University Administrators to come up with solutions that will address the challenges in the education system.
In a remark, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Jos, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai described the theme of the conference “Quality Assurance and Global Competitiveness: A Challenge for Nigerian Universities” as apt due to the consistently low global ranking of Nigerian Universities. He encouraged academics to work together to ensure that Nigerian institutions achieved world class status.
The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, while others such as Prof. Okebukola, former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, Prof. Umar Dambatta, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Nelson Ochekpe, Prof. Teresa Nmadu and Prof. Tanko Ishaya, all of the University of Jos, presented papers during the Plenary and Technical Sessions.
Over 250 participants from various Nigerian Universities and other sectors of the Nigerian economy attended the Conference adjudged as one of the best ever organized.
Earlier, while briefing journalists as part of the activities marking the Conference, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, said “Conscious of our responsibility to university education and the need for academic excellence and scholarship, while also being aware of the difficulties confronting education, particularly, university education being our specific concern, the AVCNU aims to ensure that university education plays a pivotal role in the human and material development of the Nigerian nation by pursuing joint quality education and high academic standards”.
He disclosed that the Conference theme was carefully selected to address the myriad of problems confronting the country which he noted has been compounded by falling oil prices on which Nigeria’s earnings largely depend and sluggishness in the diversification of the economy “which in our case, is the inevitable way forward.”
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