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Symposium Announcement: Getting Our Universities Back On Track: CONVERSATION ON HIGHER EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

by Toyin Falola

Symposium Announcement:


Getting Our Universities Back On Track:




The Ibadan School of Government & Public Policy in collaboration with Pan-African University Press 



Monday, July 10, 2017, 10.00 am -5 pm


Venue: Conference Center, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


The purpose of this one-day symposium is to bring together various seasoned university administrators, students, staff and faculty to reflect on the management of universities. Nigeria has over 100 universities, public and private, and a greater number of polytechnics, and colleges of education. Questions continue to be raised about the relevance of these institutions. The event is designed to bring together critical stakeholders in the higher educational sector, especially former/serving VCs, Provosts, Rectors, and officials of government, and several of its relevant agencies.


Various concerns have been expressed about the state of higher education. Nigeria continues to show a perfunctory commitment to education, fails to confront its serious problems, and thinks less about the connections between education and jobs. What is it that is required to have the Nigerian higher educational system rise to the challenge of meeting the goals of national development? How do we manage the universities?


Among the issues to be covered are:


 The Governance Role of the National Universities Commission (NUC)

University Autonomy or Freedom: Academic, Administrative or Financial?

Higher Education Funding: Challenges and Strategies

The Roles of Governing Councils and Staff Unions in Higher Institutions

Multiplication of Higher Institutions: Tonic or Toxic for National Development?

Global Ranking and Recognition: Impediments and Prospects


A possible outcome of the symposium is the creation of ISGPP/Pan African Working Group on Higher Education. Its objectives would be to engage in sustained interrogation of the outcome of the Symposium and allied matters, undertake advocacy and organize follow up activities to achieve the objective of taking Nigerian universities to global competitiveness and attend to the crises of higher education. 


 Contacts: Tunji Olaopa 

Toyin Falola




Chief Convener: Professor Akin Mabogunje


Chairman/Moderator: Professor Toyin Falola, Jacob and Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin and President, Consortium of Pan-African University Press


Lead Speaker


Prof. Femi Mimiko, mni                    Immediate Past Vice Chancellor,  Adekunle Ajasin University



Lead Panelists


Prof. Gabriel Ogunmola, ex-Chairman, Governing Council and current Chancellor, Lead City University, Ibadan


Prof. Eghosa E Osaghae, Vice Chancellor,  Igbinedion University


Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Chairman, Editorial Board, Premium Times and Senior Fellow, Centre for Democracy and Development


Prof.  Adebayo Okunade, immediate past Director, Centre for Distance Learning at the University of Ibadan 


Prof. Olubunmi Olapade-Olaopa, Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan 




 Professor Ebunoluwa Oduwole  Deputy Vice Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University


Prof. Diji Aina                         Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University


Prof. Sunny Ogunduyile        Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University


Prof. Koya Ogen                        Provost, Adeyemi College


Prof. Tola Badejo                      Former Vice Chancellor,  Wesley University


Prof. Igbekele Amos Ajibefun, Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University 


Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar JAMB


Prof. Jide Owoeye, Proprietor and Pro-Chancellor, Lead City University 


Prof. Friday Okonofua, Vice Chancellor,  University of Medical Sciences, Ondo


Professor Ayobami T. Salami, Vice Chancellor, The Technical University, Ibadan




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