Mr. Chris Maiyaki

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the United Kingdom has appointed the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr. Chris Maiyaki, into its International Advisory Committee (IAC).

Mr. Maiyaki’s appointment, which was conveyed in a letter by the Director of International and Professional Services of the QAA for Higher Education in the UK, Eduardo Ramos, was in recognition of his wealth of experience at the NUC as well as achievements recorded since his assumption of office as Acting Executive Secretary, including the approval of guidelines on Transnational Education (TNE) in Nigeria and Quality Assurance, in line with the Core Curriculum and Minimum Academic Standard (CCMAS).

The Appointment came on the heels of NUC’s licensing of two new private Universities and facilitation of the establishment of the first four Private Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Universities in Nigeria, aimed at resolving the challenges of equity and access to university education in the country.

The IAC being an Eminent Persons Group of experts, was constituted by QAA to guide its international activities, provide strategic advice on partnership, membership, TNE, accreditation, consultancy activities, among others. According to Ramos, the formation of the Committee followed QAA’s launch of a new Strategy – covering 2023-2027 – that emphasised “international” focus as one of the four areas of its functions. The Director said that “international activities” formed a crucial part of the agency’s efforts.

It was also set to provide implementation guidance that the IAC was formed, and it would meet twice a year, adding that  members of the Committee were expected to work together to provide strategic advice and direction, leveraging on their collective backgrounds and expertise in administration, policy development, knowledge of accreditation in higher education and diplomacy.

Acknowledging the appointment, the Acting Executive Secretary expressed gratitude to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) of the UK, saying that he was excited by the opportunity given him to contribute to promoting the partnerships and collaborations that would certainly enhance the higher education landscape of the United Kingdom, Africa, Nigeria and, indeed, the world at large.

According to him, the NUC, as the sole regulatory agency saddled with the monitoring and development of university education in Nigeria recognised the critical role that quality assurance played in ensuring excellence and continuous improvement within the higher education ecosystem. “The commitment of the QAA in safeguarding standards and improving the quality of higher education in the United Kingdom is not only legendary, it also resonates with the mandate of the NUC,” he said.

The NUC Scribe expressed confidence that the combined wealth of experience, expertise and insights of the Committee members would contribute to the fulfilment of the international agenda of the QAA on higher education.