The Goals of the National Universities Commission are:
- Attainment of stable and crisis-free University System.
- To work with Nigerian Universities to achieve full accreditation status for at least 80% of the academic programmes.
- To initiate and promote proficiency in the use of ICT for service delivery within the Commission and the Nigerian University System.
- Upgrade and maintain physical facilities in the Nigerian University System for delivery of quality university education.
- To match university graduate output with national manpower needs.
- To foster partnership between the Nigerian University System and the private sector.
The Functions of the Commission are:
- To advise the President and State Governors, through the Minister, on the creation of new universities and other degree-awarding institutions in Nigeria;
- To prepare, after consultation with the State Governments, the universities, the national manpower Board and such other bodies as it considers appropriate, periodic master plans for the balanced and co-coordinated development of all universities in Nigeria;
To lay down Minimum Academic Standards in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to accredit their degrees and other academic awards;
- To ensure that quality is maintained within the academic programmes of the Nigerian University System;
- To make such other investigations relating to higher education as the Commission may consider necessary in the national interest;
- To inquire into and advise the Federal Government on the financial needs, both recurrent and capital, of university education in Nigeria and, in particular, to investigate and study the financial needs of university research and to ensure that adequate provision is made for this in the universities;
- To take into account, in advising the Federal and State Governments on university finances, such grants as may be made to the Universities by the Federal and State Governments, private proprietors and by persons and institutions in and outside Nigeria;
- To undertake periodic reviews of the terms and conditions of service of personnel engaged in the universities and to make recommendations thereon to the Federal Government where appropriate;
- To recommend to the Visitor of a university that a visitation be made to such university as and when it considers it necessary;
- To act as the agency for channeling all external aid to the universities in Nigeria;
- To receive block grants from the Federal Government and allocate them to Federal Universities in accordance with such formula as may be laid down by the National Council of Ministers.
The ES, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, inaugurated two committees namely-Committee on the Review of Submission on the Procedures, Criteria and Records of Professorial Promotion by some Non-Degree Awarding Institutions in Nigeria.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken over and renamed the newly established King David Nweze Umahi University of Medical sciences Uburu, Ebonyi State.
The NUC, in partnership with the World Bank, organised a 10-day Train- the- Trainers workshop for Coordinators and Centre Leaders of the benefitting institutions of the SPESSE Project.
The Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, has reiterated that the development of Entrepreneurship Education programme in the Nigerian University System (NUS) would help prepare students to be fit- for- purpose in the Nigerian labour market.
In a drive to fulfill some of its promises to the ASUU, the FGN has approved the sum of N470 billion as special funds in the 2023 budget for university revitalisation and upward review of lecturers’ salaries.
Experts in the education sector, gathered for an international symposium convened by former Executive Secretary, NUC Prof. Peter Okebukola, in Honour of the birthday of the ES NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed
The ES NUC, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), has reiterated the importance of the FGN/World Bank supervisory missions
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), in the early hours of Friday, 14th October, 2022, withdrew its eight-month-old industrial action, describing the current suspension as “conditional”.
The Executive Secretary, NUC, last Wednesday, 5th October, 2022, organised an interactive session for staff in collaboration with the National Pension Commission (PenCom) and some of the PFAs used by the employees of the Commission.