Jega seeks review of admissions into tertiary institutions

A committee on the review of admission into the Nation’s tertiary institutions has recommended a new framework to globalise operations at the citadel of learning.

Professor Attahiru Jega, former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman and chairman of the committee on the internalisation of admissions into tertiary institutions, disclosed this on Thursday.

The report was presented to the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that internalisation is the process of integrating international, inter-cultural and global dimensions into the purpose, functions and delivery of tertiary education.

It is one of the instruments needed to ensure that the country benefits from globalisation.

Jega recommended that the Federal Government must put in more efforts to ensure the safety and security of citizens and foreigners in the country.

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He added that the government must also make conscious efforts to promote the country’s culture abroad through agencies such as the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC).

He also recommended that tertiary institutions should open offshore campuses for the export of Nigerian education under a robust regulatory framework.

According to him, currently, Nigeria scores low on the internalisation index.

“In a survey of August 2019 by this committee on tertiary institutions in Nigeria, of the 194 institutions that responded, there were 1,856 foreign students out of the total 1,132,795 students.

“There was 437 foreign academic staff from a total of 5,604 academic staff in these institutions. Foreign students make up 0.18 per cent in universities, 0.29 per cent in polytechnics and 0.04 per cent in Colleges of Education.

“The percentage of all foreign students in Nigeria’s tertiary education system as at 2018/2019 session is 0.16 per cent.

“ With regards to academic staff, the percentage of foreign academics in Nigerian universities is 0.008 per cent, 1.64 per cent in polytechnics and 0.18 per cent in Colleges of Education.

“This is an indication that the teaching staff in tertiary education system is largely dominated by Nigerian academics.’’

Jega further said that the essence of the report was to propose urgent actions to be taken by the country’s tertiary institutions to attract and retain both international students and staff.

He, therefore, called on JAMB to encourage the internalisation of tertiary institutions by promoting admission of foreign students.

He also called on various institutions to take specific actions to promote internalisation of their institutions and programmes.

Responding, Oloyede promised to push for the implementation of the document, saying that the policy on internalisation of admission would be given necessary consideration.

“One of the aspects of the mandate of JAMB is the internalisation of admissions. For the past three years we have been battling with other issues that we are almost forgetting the issue of internalisation.

“Active steps will be taken to ensure that the report will immediately go to the ministry of education for necessary actions.’’

NAN

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