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Poor ICT usage, cause of low varsities' ranking, says Nigerian minister

12 September 2012

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The poor international ranking of Nigerian universities has nothing to do with the intellectual capacity of lecturers and students, but their inability to manage resources effectively, as well as the non-application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge in learning and research, says Nigeria's Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufa'i.

Rufa'i made this known while inaugurating the first online universities programme accreditation portal at the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Cross River State, which cost the Federal Government more than N500 million to build.

According to her, Nigerian universities have the infrastructure, which some universities in the western world lack, but since modern learning is e-based, Nigerian universities are still lagging behind. She said the government is addressing the problem by providing portals in universities to facilitate learning and internet research.

The facility, which can accommodate 36,000 students, was provided by the National Universities Commission (NUC), under its pilot programme. It would be replicated in other federal universities in the country.

Rufa'i said the portal would "kick start an ICT revolution in the administration of our universities. Nigerians should stop lamenting that universities in the country are poorly rated in Africa in particular and the world in general. We know that the poor rating is not due to lack of the required intellectual capacity, but basically due to poor management of the resources in our institution and our inability to use the internet.

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SOURCE: allAfrica

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