President Muhammad Buhari, over the weekend called on the private sector to invest in research and development in the country’s universities. He made this known at the 32rd Convocation ceremony for the 2016/2017 and 2018/2019 academic sessions of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).
PMB said the federal government alone could not meet all the needs of universities and needed support from the private sector adding that the private sector must be encouraged to invest in research and development in universities.
“This means that universities must make themselves relevant to the private sector through research to attract funding from the sector. Therefore, universities must develop a more relevant curriculum. The FG is working hard to attain global best practice in the education sector,” he stated.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Onwuka, said that tertiary education in the country had undergone progressive transformation in the last four years of his administration.
Also, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ndowa Lale, said that the university had witnessed immense infrastructural and academic development since the new management took office.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 9,452 students were conferred with degrees, higher degrees, diploma as well as certificates and prizes, with 106 bagging first class degrees.
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