The Federal Government has directed foreign universities operating within the country to strictly adhere to national guidelines on transnational education set by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
A statement signed by Ben Goong, the director of press and public relations, ministry of education, quoted Tanko Sununu, the minister of State for Education, to have given the directive in Abuja when he received the chancellor of one of the oldest universities in the United State of America, Rutgers University – CAMDEN.
Sununu presented a copy of the national guidelines on transnational education to the chancellor, highlighting Nigeria’s commitment to working collaboratively with universities worldwide to enhance access to quality higher education within the country.
Emphasising the priority President Bola Ahmed Tinubu places on quality education, Sununu said the ministry of education was dedicated to delivering high-quality education to the majority of Nigerians.
Tanko Sununu urged institutions of higher learning to forge collaborations with their foreign counterparts, particularly in training professionals to address the issue of brain drain, citing Nigeria’s vast population as a valuable resource.
Sununu commended the collaborative efforts of Rutgers University with the University of Lagos and Ibadan, maintaining that the federal ministry of education will do everything within the ambit of the law to encourage collaboration between Rutgers University and Nigerian Universities, especially in the areas of science & technology.
Antonio Tillis, the chancellor of Rutgers University, told the minister that his university was seeking to renew the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Lagos as well as expanding collaboration with other Nigerian Universities in areas of research and exchange of academic programs.