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Higher Education in Nigeria and the Emergence of Private Universities

Iruonagbe, C. T. and Imhonopi, , David and Egharevba, M. E. (2015) Higher Education in Nigeria and the Emergence of Private Universities. International Journal of Education and Research, 3 (2). pp. 49-64. ISSN 2201-6333(Print) ISSN: 2201-6740 (Online)

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This paper is an exploratory study that focuses on the problems facing higher education in Nigeria and the emergence of private universities. The Nigerian educational system is today bedeviled by series of challenges such as issues of inadequate funding, inconsistent policies and lack of continuity of programmes which are more pronounced in Public Universities (both Federal and State owned). Other issues include infrastructural decay and the disruption of the higher education system and academic calendars due to strikes and riots. Insufficient budgetary allocation, obsolete equipment, old and outdated curricula and text books, lack of research grants, poor remuneration and general welfare for lecturers including the heightened level of brain drain. The current discourse on this issue is in line with the incessant complaints by employers of labour that most Nigerian graduates are half baked needing a lot of training in the world of work. Private universities such as Covenant University emerged to salvage the situation bearing in mind the fact that education remains the engine that drives the growth and development of a nation. The emphasis here is on the emergence of private universities in Nigeria, how well they have fared, current challenges and prospects for future development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Development; Higher education; Nigeria; Private Universities; Public Universities.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 21:22
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2015 21:22

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