The National Universities Commission and the National Open University of Nigeria have approved the fifth set of participants in a series of capacity building activities for the implementation of the 2019-2023 Rapid Revitalization Plan for Higher Education in Nigeria.
The training program is one of the thrusts of the Rasheed Revolution in Nigeria’s higher education system. Module five of the training, which took place between July 18 and August 29, 2022, addressed the theory and practice of strategic planning and was designed to re-enable Nigerian universities to deliver quality education through the implementation of well-designed strategic plans.
The NUC statement, which was made available to our correspondent, said, among other things: “A total of 271 vice chancellors, associate vice chancellors, directors of academic planning, senior academics and staff of NUC and NOUN completed the eight-week course on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
“In his address, the NUC Executive Secretary, who was represented by Dr. Biodun Saliu, underscored the importance of strategic planning for a revitalized Nigerian higher education system and urged all higher education managers to take action to reformulate their strategic plans to respond to the current developments in higher education.
“In an earlier address, the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Olufemi Peters, expressed delight that the NOUN platform will be used to deliver the training through the Virtual Institute for Capacity Building in Higher Education.
Peters noted that “this increasingly confirms the high quality of the NOUN training system.” Of the 271 participants who graduated, 195 received awards. Professor Ibiyinka Fuwape of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University won the Nimi Briggs Award for the best vice chancellor of the course, while Professor Bolanle Akinwande of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, received the Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i Award for the best female participant and four other awards.
“The Olufemi Peters Award for the best former Vice Chancellor of the course went to Professor Ezzeldin Mukhtar Abdurahman, former Vice Chancellor of Bauchi State University. The Abubakar Adamu Rasheed Award for the best former participant in the course went to Professor Abdulrasheed Adeoye, former Dean of Humanities at the University of Ilorin.
“The Olusola Oyewole Award for the best participant from another African country went to Dr. Ndayishimiye Richard of Burundi. In his keynote address at the event, Professor Juma Shabani, chair of the National Council for Higher Education of Burundi, emphasized the importance of strategic planning for African universities to achieve national and regional goals.
“He cited the example of the University of Burundi’s doctoral school as a case study of how benefits can accrue from well-developed strategic plans,” he said.
“VICBHE Director/Facilitator, Professor Emeritus Peter Okebukola, provided an overview of the training. According to Okebukola, “During the course, participants learned the conceptual and theoretical framework of strategic planning, the key elements and phases of strategic planning, how to set up a website for the step-by-step development of a strategic plan, the comparative analysis of strategic plans of universities, how to implement steps 1 to 6 of the VICBHE strategic plan model and upload to the website, and the practical steps in the interim and final review of a strategic plan.”
The PUNCH reports that the training consisted of eight weeks of lectures, weekly discussion forums, weekly tests, weekly practical exercises, a comprehensive exam at the end of the module, and a project.
Okebukola went on to say that “one of the products of the practical training is the development of a strategic plan by each participant.
“These plans were submitted as case studies for a book by the participants who received honors in the project.
“The quality of the case studies is indicative of the participants’ commitment to the training. Each case study gives a detailed account of the process that led to the development of the plan. This process resulted in very detailed and well-judged plans. More importantly, each document includes a monitoring and evaluation component that will serve as the basis for periodic review.”
The book was publicly launched at the graduation ceremony by the Secretary General of the Association of African Universities, Professor Olusola Oyewole.