The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede has called on regional universities to expose their students to the challenges of unification of the sub region.
The JAMB Registrar made the call over the weekend at the 6th annual conference of West Africa Universities held at the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal.
According to The Nation Newspaper, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede delivered a speech on “Trans-Border Education and Research: Quality Assurance Implications for African Universities” at the conference.
The annual event is for all Universities in West Africa to bring the academics within the West Africa sub-region together so that people of like minds or in a related area could jointly come up with research proposals and execute them together to enable them to address the challenges affecting the sub-region.
According to a statement by the JAMB’s head of information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the registrar urged African universities not to limit their vision for the production of graduates for only their nations but for the entire sub-region.
“He stressed the challenges of trans-border research to include; the difference in the education system in the sub-region; weaker internal assessment mechanism, the superficial external quality assurance system ; lack of uniformity in accreditation agencies autonomy; the proliferation of private and public higher education institutions as a result of liberalization of education etc.
“He called on all universities in the sub-region to ensure that a certain quarter of their space is set aside for international students, this way our universities in the sub-region can compete with its peers globally.
“The Registrar on the side line informed candidates in the sub region who desire to school in Nigeria to look forward to the Board’s sales of application form which would commence in December.
“He disclosed that this document will be made available at all Nigeria missions abroad at a very affordable price. He also disclosed that scholarship would be available to some foreign nationals who perform exceptionally in the examination.
“The registrar didn’t also hesitate in informing the international community of the Board’s capacity to provide professional services to client in the area of conducting large scale examination,” the statement reads.
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