Private universities can save Nigeria’s education system from total collapse – VC

The Vice Chancellor of Summit University, Offa, Kwara State, Prof. Abiodun Musa Aibinu says private universities have what it takes to remove some of the challenges facing the Nigerian university system.

Professor Aibinu, who made the claim during a lecture on an online professional platform, said that if private universities could rise to the occasion, a number of problems plaguing the system would become “a thing of the past. “.

In his discussion on the topic “Private Universities in Nigeria and the Nigerian Education System: Prospects and Problems”,

Prof. Eseyim listed many challenges faced by Nigerian universities including growing population and demand, inadequate infrastructure, outdated teaching and learning materials, poor implementation of learning curriculum and a poor quality primary and secondary education, among others.

The mechatronics engineering professor added that the lack of a mentoring system, zero innovation culture, poor reward system, non-availability of an innovation ecosystem and annual end-project rituals years are among the challenges facing the country’s education sector.

“As of March 30, 2022, only 217 universities existed in Nigeria, with 111 private, 49 federal and 57 state,” he listed.

Prof. Aibinu, who is one of the youngest Vice Chancellors in the country, opined that to revive the decline of the university education system in Nigeria, private universities should be adequately funded, provided with facilities and equipment adequate and retain the best minds in the world. system.

The professor, who was appointed vice-chancellor last month, insisted that the future of education, especially over the next 20 years, must involve knowledge and learning, while educators must be enterprising.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor

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