By Nkiru Okeke
The Transnational Education System is key to actualizing developmental goals in the Education sector.
It is in furtherance of this that the Federal Government is collaborating with the British Government for capacity building in strengthening transnational education in Nigeria.
Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu stated this when the Nigerian-UK Steering Committee on Transnational Higher Education led by the British Government International Education Champion, Prof Smith Murray visited him in Abuja.
Dr Sununu stressed the need for proactive measures to meet the increasing demand of students who aspire to gain admission into tertiary institutions.
According to him, the Ministry through the National Universities Commission, NUC, will provide all the legal support needed for the full actualization of the project towards contributing to the development of the nation’s education sector.
“The population of the country is growing and there is a need for more universities due to the increasing number of children, the capacity of Nigerian universities was not enough to address the demand of every citizen.”
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, the British Government’s international Education champion,
Prof Smith Murray said Nigeria is one of the five countries selected for a partnership drive of mutual benefit among the two countries’ transnational education systems.
“Transnational education is where someone studies in the country for a high-quality UK degree with quality assured by the British quality assurance system”.
“It is a lot cheaper to study here than it is to travel to the UK for three or four years and study and yet the quality is the same”.
Prof Smith who emphasized the need for a regulatory framework that would enhance the process, commended the NUC for its commitment to the project.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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