Former INEC boss calls for offshore campuses in education

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, has called for offshore campuses for the export of Nigerian education under a regulatory framework.

The former INEC chairman made the call when the Committee on Internationalization of Admissions into Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria, submitted its report to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Prof Jega who urged the government to allow tertiary institutions in Nigeria open offshore campuses for the export of Nigerian education says internalization remains one of the instrument needed to ensure that Nigeria’s tertiary education benefits from globalization.

The Prof further hinted that Nigerian tertiary institutions currently ranks low on the internationalization index.

He noted that the percentage of all foreign students in Nigerian’s tertiary education system as at 2018/2019 session is 0.16%.

The Jega-led committee was recently inaugurated to come up with strategies for the internalization of admissions into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions through JAMB.

According to him, “In a survey of Augusta 2019 by this committee on tertiary institutions in Nigeria, out of the 194 institutions that responded, there were about 1,856 foreign students out of a total 1,132,795 students

He stressed that as the largest country in Africa, Nigeria should be an active player in the internationalization of education in the continent and the world through the process of admission amongst others.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is encouraged to support the internationalization of the Nigeria’s tertiary institutions by promoting the admission of foreign students “Prof Jega said.

“Nigerian institutions willing to promote internationalization need to commit themselves to work towards entrenching a stable academic calendar, and develop a zero tolerance for disruption of academic and research programmes,” he added.