NUC boss charges universities to focus more on research
Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) has called on Nigerian Universities
to begin the process of turning universities to research universities.
Rasheed disclosed this at an interactve section with Directors of Research and Innovation in Nigerian Universities in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that research across Nigeria universities is still characterised with low turn out, noting that the culture of research is almost dwindling in Nigeria universities.
“Nigeria universities should stop dreaming or thinking that they have the monopoly of knowledge , research centres across the country and across the globe now exist outside universities.
“Universities must refocus their best efforts on building robust institutional structure to enable them reposition themselves .
“Nigeria Universities must take full advantage of the large pool of qualitative research grants across the globe.
Meanwhile, Prof. Peter Okebukola, former ES, NUC, while delivering a key lecture on Bolstering Research Impact and Relevance through Systematic Research Governance, recommended that the commission establish a research capacity enhancement project for the Nigerian university system.
Okebukola said the forum was not to bemoan challenges but to explore creative ways to enhance research capacities in Nigeria.
In his recommendations, he called on NUC to establish a research capacity enhancement project for the Nigerian university system to be funded by TETFund which would address major challenges relating to relevance and governance of research in the system.
He also called on NUC to publish annual research reports for the Nigeria university system for all universities.
” NUC should engage in setting up of a college of professors that will offer advisory services to the institutions research directorate.
Also, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) frowned at the University system of Nigeria, saying that they concentrate more on teaching rather than research.
Bogoro said that Nigerian professors should always deepen their research by defining what research is about and applying it to boost economy.
A representative of Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr Tope Toogun called on Nigeria to begin the process of commercialising research and taking it to the market.
“NESG will mobilise the organised private sector to enter into collaborative undertakings and partnerships around research.
” We have the task and target to move research and development fundings from the private sector in Nigeria from 2 per cent to 50 per cent.
” This is one of the conversation that will come up at the next NESG in oct 2019,” he said. (NAN)