JAMB Inaugurates Committee On Internalisation of Admission Headed By Jega

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has inaugurated a committee on the internalisation of admission into higher institutions of learning across the country which is to be headed by the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar, who inaugurated the committee, stated that its duty was to put in place the machinery to attract foreign students into the country’s tertiary institutions, with effect from the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Registrar made it known that the members of the committee include a former Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede, and a former VC of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Olushola Oyewole and seven others.

According to the examination board’s weekly bulletin, the Jega-led admission committee is expected to come up with strategies on international admissions, partnerships and academic programmes, as well as the promotion of foreign language programmes.

Prof. Attahiru Jega. Photo: Guardian Nigeria
Prof. Attahiru Jega. Photo: Guardian Nigeria

“The immediate past Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has been appointed as Chairman of the Committee on Internationalisation of Admissions into Tertiary Educational Institutions in Nigeria. The Committee was conceived during the 2019 Conference of Rectors, Vice Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities in Egypt in July.

“The JAMB Registrar sid setting up the committee had become necessary in the view of the prevailing localisation of tertiary institutions in the country. The committee is encouraged to support tertiary institutions, particularly the universities, on how to attract foreign candidates into the Nigerian education system, the board stated.

“I have gone through the terms of reference underscoring the intention of the board to internationalise the nation’s universities. If this is achieved, it will improve the rating of our universities and appreciate their capacity to compete with their international counterparts,” Prof. Jega stated.

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