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ERIC Number: ED176638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-17
Pages: 51
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Post-Independence Universities in Nigeria: An Example of Disatisfaction with Colonial Education Systems in the Third World.
Imogie, Abraham Inanoya
Major reforms in Nigerian University education since independence (October, 1960) are examined. An overview of the early beginnings of higher education in Nigeria is followed by a consideration of the recommendations of the Elliot and Asquith Commission reports (1943 and 1945) on future university development. A major outcome of the reports was the establishment of University College in Ibadan in 1948. Characteristics of the college from its foundation to independence are outlined, including a discussion of the decline in Nigerian student enrollment from 28 percent of the total number of Nigerian students in higher education to 18 percent. Following independence Nigerians became actively involved in the decision-making processes at every level of development and education received high priority. The rationale for the priority placement of higher education is recounted and the goals of an African university pre- and post-revolution are identified. During the years 1960-1973 universities grew at the rate of 1,300 percent and the Nigerian student population increased from 1,395 in October, 1960, to 47,000 in June, 1978. Admissions policies, including an increase in female students, and the rise of a strong student union are examined. Staffing, academic orientation, and curricula are explored. University autonomy and aspects of university administration and financing are also discussed, as is the sensitive relationship between the universities and the government. Eleven future trends, including such predictions as an increase in the number of universities and the need to seek financial support from industries, private organizations, and individuals as well as the government, are proposed. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Nigeria; University College Ibadan (Nigeria)
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Third World (2nd, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nebraska, November 17, 1978)