National Universities Commission, NUC, is to inaugurate its first Online Programme Accreditation Portal. The programme, slated to be inaugurated on September 7, 2012, at the University of Calabar, Cross River State is user friendly.
The portal is one of the benefits of National Universities Commission Data Base, NUCDB, project, launched in November 2008 to make the commission more effective in its regulatory functions, for improved quality of graduates and programmes in the country.
Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, yesterday, in Abuja, said: “With the Online Programme Accreditation System, the commission has taken a major stride forward in making access to information more transparent and easier to apply in carrying out its oversight functions.”
He added that the project would harvest and display information directly from NUC Portal and databases, as it allows for a secured, timely and cost effective database system for all Nigerian universities because it enables them to upload students’ academic and non-academic staff data, including the entire information on professors, such as name, qualification, area of specialisation, and date of promotion, among others. More so, the portal can detect double record input. Should a lecturer’s records be in more than one university, the user gets a pop-up alert.”
Project Consultant on NUCDB, Mr. Paul Adingwupu, said: “The harmonisation of information, standards and formats will facilitate the development of many other knowledge areas of our university system and ultimately aid Nigerian universities to be among the best in the world.”