Updated: New NUC List of 107 Nigerian Universities approved for PG programs.

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has updated the list of approved post-graduate awarding institutions in Nigeria from 94 to 107.

The commission said it observed that some Nigerian universities are running unapproved post-graduate programmes, leading to the award of Masters and PhD degrees.

“The commission has also observed some parastatals and institutes awarding these same postgraduate degrees, either on their own or through unapproved affiliation with Nigerian and foreign universities,” it said.

New NUC list

According to the commission, such practices are not only unethical, “but also antithetical to time -tested quality assurance best practices”.

“The commission hereby notifies the general public that only the following universities have the approval to offer post-graduate programmes at the Masters’ and PhD levels in Nigeria.”

A bulletin from the office of the NUC Executive Secretary contains the list of federal, state and private universities currently allowed to issue such certificates to students in Nigeria.

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As of 2018, Nigeria had 162 universities: 41 are federal, 47 are state-owned while 74 are privately owned institutions.

Out of the 41 federal universities across the country, only 26 were approved by the commission for post-graduate programs, 25 state universities were approved for post-graduate programs out of the 47 state-owned universities in the country while 18 universities out of 74 private universities were approved for post-graduate studies.

But in the 2021 update, more universities have been granted approval by the commission for post-graduate programs.

Currently, Nigeria has 202 universities: 49 are federal, 54 are state-owned and 99 are privately owned institutions

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Out of the 49 federal universities, 36 are approved by the commission for postgraduate programmes. They are:

  1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
  2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  3. Air-Force Institute of Technology Kaduna
  4. Alex Ekweme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi
  5. Bayero University, Kano
  6. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  7. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun
  8. Federal University of Technology, Akure
  9. Federal University of Technology, Minna
  10. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  11. Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti State
  12. Federal University, Dutse
  13. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma
  14. Federal University, Kashere
  15. Federal University, Lafia
  16. Federal University, Lokoja
  17. Federal University, Wukari
  18. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
  19. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
  20. National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos.
  21. Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna
  22. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  23. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  24. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  25. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  26. University of Benin, Benin City
  27. University of Calabar, Calabar
  28. University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  29. University of Jos, Jos
  30. University of Lagos, Akoka
  31. University of llorin, llorin
  32. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
  33. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  34. University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt
  35. University of Uyo, Uyo
  36. Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

Similarly, 34 state universities are approved by the commission for post-graduate programs out of the 54 state-owned universities in the country. The approved universities are :

  1. Abia State University, Uturu
  2. Adamawa State University, Mubi
  3. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko
  4. Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Ikpaden
  5. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  6. Bauchi State University Gadau
  7. Benue State University, Makurdi
  8. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  9. Cross River University of Technology, Calabar
  10. Delta State University, Abraka
  11. Edo University, Iyamho
  12. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  13. Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti,
  14. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu
  15. Gombe State University, Gombe
  16. Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai
  17. Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni
  18. Imo State University, Owerri
  19. Kaduna State University, Kaduna
  20. Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil
  21. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero
  22. Kogi State University, Anyigba
  23. Kwara State University Malete
  24. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
  25. Lagos State University, Ojo.
  26. Nasarawa State University, Keffi
  27. Niger-Delta University, Wilberforce Island
  28. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye
  29. Osun State University, Oshogbo
  30. Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt
  31. Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode
  32. Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina
  33. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  34. Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano
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Meanwhile, only 37 universities out of 99 private universities in Nigeria are approved for post-graduate studies. The institutions are:

  1. Achievers University, Owo
  2. Adeleke University, Ede
  3. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  4. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
  5. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo
  6. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  7. Al-Qalam University, Kastina
  8. American University of Nigeria, Yola
  9. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  10. Baze University, Abuja
  11. Bells University of Technology, Ota
  12. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  13. Bingham University New-Karu
  14. Bowen University, Iwo
  15. Caleb University, Lagos
  16. Covenant University, Ota
  17. Crawford University, Igbessa
  18. Crescent University, Abeokuta
  19. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State
  20. Fountain University, Osogbo
  21. Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike, Enugu
  22. Igbinedion University, Okada
  23. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State
  24. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  25. Lead City University, Ibadan
  26. Madonna University, Okija
  27. Mountain Top University, Ogun State
  28. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  29. Novena University, Ogume
  30. Oduduwa University Ipetumodu
  31. Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
  32. Redeemer’s University, Mowe, Ogun State
  33. Salem University, Lokoja
  34. Samuel Adegboyega University, Edo State
  35. University of Mkar, Mkar
  36. Veritas University Abuja
  37. Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa, Edo State
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“Employers of labour, educational institutions and other stakeholders are to note that only certificates issued by these universities for their approved programmes are valid for employment, further studies and other purposes,” the commission said.

Speaking earlier, the NUC Director of Information and Public Relations, Ibrahim Yakasai, said all the ‘legal’ universities in Nigeria can actually do post-graduate courses “only after meeting certain criteria and conditions of the commission”.

According to him, the commission must verify that the institutions have adequate resources which include “physical and human resources.”

“All universities can ‘graduate’ to post-graduate but the universities with approval are those that are matured, (who) applied and have met the requirements and they’ve been allowed to do post-graduate. So, we published the names of the universities who have met the conditions,” he said.

BMASS still compulsory

Before a particular programme or school can be approved or accredited according to the NUC, the university must have fulfilled all the requirement in the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS).

BMAS is a document that contains all the minimum requirements before a particular programme or school can be approved or accredited by NUC.

The primary objectives of the commission are to ensure the orderly development of university education in Nigeria, to maintain high standards and ensure adequate funding for them.


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