The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said that the global education scenario witnessed rapid transformation in the past decades.
Rasheed while speaking in Abuja at a two-day National Summit on Private Universities confirmed that Nigeria in recent decades had experienced a revolution of the university system, believed to be key for
political and socio-economic development.
He also noted that the expansion had helped to focus on innovation and expanding pool of calibre manpower to address the challenges of underdevelopment.
He said “In Nigeria, there has been a rapid expansion of the Nigerian university system in the last two decades from 30 university entities in 1999 to 170 as at today.
“Out of this number, 79 representing 46.47 per cent are private universities.
“The implication of this huge expansion on the Nigerian university system is the increased application of private universities with its attendant challenges and opportunities.’’
Rasheed exposed that South West is leading with 36 representing 45. 56 per cent, South South is 14 representing 17.72 per cent, South-East is 13 representing 16.45 per cent out of the 79 private universities.
He added that the North-West has 2 private universities representing, representing 2.53 per cent and North-East 2, with 2.53 per cent while the North-Central states had 11 private universities representing 13.92 per cent.
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