13 December 2019
The Federal Government has been advised to grant greater autonomy and flexibility to Tertiary institutions to admit foreign students in collaboration with Joint Admission and Matriculation Board and to enter into partnership with foreign institutions.
Chairman of Committee on internationalization of Admission into Tertiary institution in Nigeria, Prof Attahiru Jega, gave the advise today at the presentation of the committee report , in Abuja.
Jega who read out the committee’s recommendations observed that Nigeria’s current scores on the internationalization index was low.
The report also confirmed that there were 437 foreign academic staff from a total of 5,604 academic staff in 194 institutions. It further disclosed that foreign students constituted 0.18 percent in universities, 0.29 percent in polytechnics and 0.04 percent in the colleges of education.
He noted that the percentage of all foreign students in Nigeria’s tertiary education system as at the 2018/2019 session was 0.16 percent, while fording academics was 0.008 percent. 1.64 percent, according to the survey, are in Polytechnics while 0.18 percent in the Colleges of Education.
Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, who is the chairman of the committee, said that findings of the survey was unimpressive, and an indication that teaching staff in Nigerian tertiary education system was largely dominated by Nigerian academics.
He insisted that Nigeria needs to develop a framework for internationalisation of its tertiary education system, which should include but limited to admissions process.
Jega reiterated that for Nigeria to promote the internationalization of Admission into the its institutions, Federal Government must put in more efforts to ensure the safety and security of locals and foreigners in the country and also establish effective measures to monitor the standard of Education provided by foreign institutions
It however suggested that conscious efforts be made to promote Nigerian culture abroad through agencies such as the National Council for Arts and Culture(NCAC), National Orientation Agency (NOA) in order to woo more foreign interests in Nigeria education system.
Aside suggestion for improved safety and security of locals and foreigners in Nigeria, the committee asked Nigerian tertiary institutions to open offshore campuses for export of Nigerian education under a robust regulatory framework.
It thus appealed to relevant government agencies to disseminate information and provide links on tertiary education in Nigeria through global online and offline platforms that are visible to global audience.
Also speaking, the Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, stressed the need for the committee to recommend to the Government a National committee on the internationalization of higher education in Nigeria, saying the committee will put together strategy to form the National policy on internationalization of Tertiary Education in the country.