Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), has made it known that over sixty per cent of lecturers in the Nigerian university system are now doctorate degree holders.
Bogoro said this was an improvement, adding that over four years ago only forty per cent of lecturers in Nigerian universities had PhD.
According to him, by the National Universities Commission (NUC) standard, PhD is the basic qualification for one to be a lecturer in any university across the country.
TETFUND Boss made this known during an interactive session with Directors of Research of Nigerian universities organized by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Bogoro who disclosed that TETFUND has in the last four years invested enormous resources on the training of lecturers at Master’s and PhD levels both at home and abroad, lamented the low capacity of lecturers to write good research proposals that could win them grants.
He also disclosed that TETFUND had established a National Research Fund of N3billion a few years ago to encourage research at a cutting-edge level and activities that would impact positively on the competitiveness of the country on the global scientific milieu.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, in his remark, stated that the interactive session was organized as part of efforts to revive the culture of rigorous and relevant research in Nigerian universities.
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