The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, noted that the Commission is set to graduate students who will met up with global standard .
The Executive Secretary gave the indication at a Stakeholders’ Roundtable on University/Industry Linkages in Abuja.
He disclosed that the regulatory agency is determined to raise the standard of Education in the country.
In the same vein, he explained that the curriculum is being fashioned in a way that the students will be at par with their global counterparts.
“A great percentage of the curriculum should reflect international dimensions .Our graduates should not find it hard to adapt when they are going for their Masters or PHDs”
We are putting in place strategies to produce graduates who are able to work anywhere in the world.
The Executive Secretary further spoke on the need for industries to actively engage universities in its research work.
“We are working onstrategies and blueprint that would bring collaborations between the university system and industries in the country.
We want industries in the country to actively engage ouruniversities in their research work”
The NUC Director of Research, Innovation and Information Technology, Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, said the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme, SIWES, is not serving the purpose it was meant to perform.
He noted that the gap between students , industries, and university system is quite wide.
“Students who were meant to have industrial work experience, ends up serving tea at conference rooms, and performing other menial exercise.
They end up not getting meaningful industrial work experience that will make them to be the best”
According to him, there is need for collaborations that would bring about National development.
Universities dont work in isolation, we need to build systems and structures .The roundtable will go a long way in changing the narratives, he added.