Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said the Federal Government would continue to support initiatives to enhance quality university education in the country.
The minister said this at a workshop on Professional Development Course for Leaders of Teaching and Learning in Nigerian Universities organized by the National Universities Commission and University of Sussex, United Kingdom in Abuja.
The one-week training has “Transformative Higher Education Pedagogy and Practice,” as its theme.
Adamu, who was represented by Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sunny Echono, said the ministry would continue to support efforts aimed at honing the pedagogic skills of lecturers.
He said: “We will continue to support initiatives which seek to enhance quality education in Nigeria.
“All the efforts aimed at honing the pedagogic skills of our lecturers will receive unconditional support of the ministry.
“I understand that this training will cover up-to-date and informed approaches to meet the contemporary competitive educational terrain.”
NUC Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said the commission has commenced the process of reforming the curricula of the Nigerian University System (NUS).
He there was need to design Nigeria’s curricula to meet the present and future challenges in order to better equip graduates and prepare them to fit into future roles capable of contributing significantly to national development and global competitiveness.
Prof. Rasheed said: “As part of concerted efforts at continuous improvement in the quality of university education in Nigeria, the commission has already triggered the process of curricular reforms in the Nigeria University System, cognizant of the very dynamic nature of the frontier of knowledge especially in today’s technology driven knowledgeable economy.
“The curricular reforms are also driven by the commission’s awareness of the complexity of the skill sets that will be required of graduates of our universities some of whom may be expected to function at jobs that may not be in existence today.
“It is incontrovertible that a critical success factor in the design and implementation of such contemporary and equally futuristic curricula, is the availability of a critical mass of academics in Nigerian universities who have not only the cutting edge content, subject matter knowledge, but who also possess up to date pedagogical skills and competencies in order to facilitate the realization of the anticipated learning outcomes and desirable student learning achievements.”
Represented by the Director Research, Innovation and Information Technology, Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf, Rasheed, said the training was to sharpen the dons’ skills to meet the contemporary challenges.
He said, “Our belief is that if we organize periodical professional development courses for our lecturers in modular formats, we will achieve the same objective of quality. This quality will enable us to have better university graduates.
“This partnership with the University of Sussex will ensure a quality hands-on training of our lecturers. It is also based on train-the-trainers as the delegates will return to their institutions to spread their skills.”
The Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Sussex, Prof Michael Davies, said the training would expose the lecturers to “modern educational skills and facilities” which the university was known for.
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