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“Nigeria has strong universities, not internationally recognised”

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Mr Andreas Blom, a Task Team Leader with the World Bank Academic Centre of Excellence, says Nigeria has strong Universities that do not enjoy international recognition.

Blom disclosed this at the Opening of the 7th Regional Project Workshop of Excellence (ACE) on Tuesday in Lagos.

The two-day workshop opened on May 16, to end on May 18.

ACE is a World Bank Project for African Universities with a focus on Agriculture, Health, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

According to Blom, the project is meant to give the nation’s tertiary institutions a facelift, so that they could become internationally-recognised.

“Nigeria is the biggest country in African and has ten centres out of the twenty-two centres in Africa.

“The country has strong universities but they are not well-recognised internationally.

“So the quality needs to be raised with the assistance of the ongoing programme,’’ he said.

Blom noted that Nigerians spent huge funds on education outside the country but said that all the funds could be harnessed locally, if the standard of education was improved.

“We need better universities; we need very good teachers’ curriculum and laboratories so that Nigerian talents can stay in Nigeria and work in country,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Prof Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for Education, said the Federal Government was satisfied with the progress made so far on the ACE project.

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