NUC tasks universities’ registrars with strategic planning
The National University Commission, through its Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, has tasked Universities’ Registrars with effective strategic planning to transform the nation’s universities to meet global competitiveness.
Rasheed threw the challenge at the 73rd Business Meeting of the Association Of Registrars of Nigerian Universities at Federal University Lokoja.
The theme of the event was: “Repositioning the administrative Machinery of Nigerian University System for Global Competitiveness: The Role of Registrars as Key Drivers.”
The NUC Secretary was represented by Prof I. A. Yakasai, a Director.
Rasheed said, “In an era of limited resources, effective strategic planning is vital for universities to remain globally competitive.”
Rasheed disclosed that some of the problems plaguing the universities, hindering their progress and growth include inadequacies in facilities for teaching, learning and research, poor funding, deficits in teacher qualification and quantity (including quality of Professors) and strikes.
“Registrars can spearhead initiatives aimed at enhancing transparency, accountability, and efficiency by leveraging on technology and implementing robust information systems.
“They can streamline administrative processes, reduce bureaucracy, and promote a culture of excellence. Modernizing administrative procedures will not only improve the overall student experience but also attract and retain top-tier Faculty and Researchers, ” he said
He argued that registrars, through their knowledge of international standards and best practices, could facilitate collaborations with foreign institutions, establish credit transfer mechanisms, and support the mobility of students and staff.
Further more, he stated that “By nurturing an inclusive and diverse campus environment, Nigerian universities could attract international talents, foster cross-cultural understanding and contribute to the global knowledge economy.”
“You can serve as the voice of reason, highlighting the need for increased funding, improved governance structures, and enhanced regulatory frameworks.
He added that registrars can collaborate with government agencies, industry stakeholders, and the academic community to champion reforms that will propel Nigerian universities to the forefront of global higher education,” he said.
He added that repositioning the administrative machinery of the Nigerian university system for global competitiveness was a collective responsibility.
“If registrars embrace innovation, foster collaboration, and advocate for change, they can shape a future where Nigerian universities are recognised as centres of excellence on the global stage.
“But first, the system must empower our registrars, provide them with the necessary resources and support, and create an enabling environment for them to fulfil their potentials.
“By doing so, we will not only strengthen our universities but also contribute to the development and progress of our nation, ” he said.
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