New NUC list: Only 94 out of 170 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.

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 dated March 24 contains the list of federal, state and private universities currently allowed to issue such certificates to students in Nigeria.

The bulletin was released a few days after the government ordered the closure of all schools in Nigeria due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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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, 26 are approved by the commission for post-graduate programmes, 25 state universities were approved for post-graduate programmes 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 March 2020 bulletin which was obtained on Tuesday, more universities have been granted approval by the commission for post-graduate programmes.

Currently, Nigeria has 170 universities, 43 are federal, 48 are state-owned while 79 are privately owned.

Out of the 43 federal universities, 32 are approved by the commission for postgraduate programmes. They are

  1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
  2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  3. Bayero University, Kano
  4. Federal University of Technology, Akure
  5. Federal University of Technology, Minna
  6. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  7. Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
  8. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
  9. National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos
  10. Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna
  11. Nnamdi Azikwe University, Akwa
  12. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
  13. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  14. University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  15. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  16. University of Benin, Benin City
  17. University of Calabar, Calabar
  18. University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  19. University of Ilorin, Ilorin
  20. University of Jos, Jos
  21. University of Lagos, Akoko
  22. University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
  23. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  24. University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt
  25. University of Uyo, Uyo
  26. Usmanu Dan Fodio University, Sokoto
  27. Federal University, Lafia
  28. Federal University, Ndufu-alike
  29. Federal University, Dutse
  30. Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurum
  31. Federal University, Oye- Ekiti
  32. Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna

Similarly, 31 state universities were approved by the commission for post-graduate programmes out of the 48 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. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  5. Anambra University, Uli
  6. Benue State University, Makurdi
  7. Cross River University of Technology, Calabar
  8. Delta State University, Abraka
  9. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  10. Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti
  11. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu
  12. Imo State University, Owerri
  13. Kogi State University, Anyigba
  14. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
  15. Lagos State University, Ojo
  16. Nasarawa State University, Keffi
  17. Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island
  18. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  19. Rivers State University of Science and Technology
  20. Umar Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina
  21. Gombe State University, Gombe
  22. Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai
  23. Kano State University of Science and Technology
  24. Kebbi State University of Science and Technology
  25. Kwara State University, Malete
  26. Kaduna State University, Kaduna
  27. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  28. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  29. Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni

30.Tai Solarin University of Education

31.Osun State University, Osogbo

Meanwhile, only 31 universities out of 79 private universities were approved for post-graduate studies. The 18 institutions are:

  1. African University of Science and Technology, Abuja
  2. American University of Nigeria, Yola
  3. Babcock University, Ilishan Remo
  4. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  5. Bowen University, Iwo
  6. Covenant University, Ota
  7. Igbiniedo University, Okada
  8. Pan-African University, Lekki
  9. Redeemer’s University, Mowe, Ogun State
  10. Caleb University, Lagos
  11. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  12. Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja
  13. Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State
  14. Lead City University, Ibadan (MSc. Only)
  15. University of Mkar, Mkar (MSc. Only)
  16. Madona University, Okija
  17. Al-hikmah University, Ilorin (MSc. Only)
  18. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike , Enugu state.
  19. Adeleke University,Ede
  20. Veritas University, Abuja
  21. Achievers University,Owo
  22. Al-Qalam University, Katsina

23.Baze University, Abuja

  1. Bells Universityof Technology, Ota
  2. Crawford University, Igbesa
  3. Crescent University, Abeokuta
  4. Fountain University, Osogbo
  5. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  6. Novena University, Ogume
  7. Salem University, Lokoja.
  8. Bingham University, Karu

“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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