Director’s Profile

 

Dr A Kumo
Director's Profile

Dr Gidado Bello Kumo is a well rounded educationist with a Bachelors in Education (B.Ed) degree in Islamic studies from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He also possesses a Masters in Education (M.Ed) in Education Psychology and a Ph.D in the same field.

He commenced his career at the National Universities Commission as an Assistant Chief Research Officer in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Director in 2009. He was appointed Director, Executive Secretary’s office in 2013, a post he held until his current redeployment to the Department of Academic Standards in 2014.

Vision

To be a department with strong capacity to efficiently and effectively advise the NUC management on orderly development of university education, as well as guaranteeing its quality and relevance for national development and global competitiveness.

 

Mission

To develop policies and programmes towards enhancing orderly development of university education as well as its quality and relevance to national development and global competitiveness.

 

Mandate & Functions
  • The Department of Academic Standards is a product of the recent restructuring in the NUC. It emerged out of the severance of the old Division of Facilities and Infrastructure Planning and Development and the Resource Verification Unit of the Programme Planning Division
    It is pertinent to note that the reorganisation has not markedly affected the job brief (save for the excision of the resource verification and Facilities and Infrastructure Planning and Development functions) of the Department which clearly remains the hub of the National Universities Commission given its critical functions.
    The Department is made up of the following five Divisions:

    1. Postgraduate Curriculum Development and Planning,
    2. Undergraduate Curriculum Development and Planning,
    3. Resource and Strategic Planning, and
    4. Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme.

    Auditors for regular checking of the accounts of the Commission.

 

Departmental Divisions

 

Postgraduate Programme Planning Division

The Division has four sections as follows:

  1. Curriculum development Arts and Social Sciences Section;
  2. Curriculum development Sciences and Engineering Section;
  3. Planning Arts and Social Sciences Section;
  4. Planning Sciences and Engineering Section.

The functions of the Division are:

  1. Coordinating the setting of benchmark minimum academic standards (BMAS) for postgraduate programmes in all Nigerian universities;
  2. Ensuring periodic review of BMAS every five years as well as constantly intimating the universities on new curriculum related policy changes and global trends;
  3. Conducting periodic Needs Assessment of Nigerian graduates at both local and international markets;
  4. Advising Government on needed policy review in relation to any aspect(s) of curricula in university education in Nigeria;
  5. Organizing workshops & seminars on curriculum development for the universities as the need arises;
  6. Liaising with the National Manpower Board and National Planning Commission to determine the manpower needs of the nation so as to develop benchmarks and also sensitize universities to establish programmes to meet such needs;
  7. Ensuring compliance by universities with Postgraduate BMAS for the various disciplines;
  8. Ensuring that the Postgraduate BMAS are made available to all departments in all the universities;
  9. Promoting the evolution of centres of excellence in the universities;
  10. Ensuring quality control for all postgraduate academic programmes in the universities;
  11. Drawing-up guidelines for analyzing application for establishment of new postgraduate academic programmes and or units;
  12. Processing applications for the establishment of postgraduate academic programmes and units in the universities;
  13. Forwarding processed applications to the Office of the Executive Secretary for Resource Verification;
  14. Compiling and categorizing the teaching and research equipment needs of postgraduate academic programmes;
  15. Coordinating laboratory equipment maintenance activities in Federal universities;
  16. Analyzing Academic Briefs for Master-Plan development in the universities;
  17. Compiling and publishing academic development plans for all Federal universities.
Undergraduate Programme Planning Division

The Division will have four sections as follows:

  1. Curriculum development Arts and Social Sciences Section;
  2. Curriculum development Sciences and Engineering Section;
  3. Planning Arts and Social Sciences Section;
  4. Planning Sciences and Engineering Section.

The functions of the Division are:

  1. Coordinating the setting of Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for undergraduate programmes in all Nigerian universities;
  2. Ensuring periodic review of BMAS every five years as well as constantly intimating the universities on new curriculum related policy changes and global trends;
  3. Conducting periodic Needs Assessment of Nigerian graduates at both local and international markets;
  4. Advising Government on possible need for policy review in relation to any aspect(s) of undergraduate curricula in university education in Nigeria;
  5. Organizing workshops/seminars on curriculum development for the universities as the need arises;
  6. Liaising with the National Manpower Board and National Planning Commission to determine the manpower needs of the nation so as to develop benchmarks and also sensitize universities to establish programmes to meet such needs;
  7. Ensuring compliance by universities with the BMAS for the various programmes;
  8. Ensuring that the BMAS documents are made available to all departments in all the universities; and
  9. Promoting the evolution of centres of the excellence in the universities.
  10. Ensuring quality control for all undergraduate academic programmes in the universities;
  11. Drawing-up guidelines for analyzing application for establishment of new undergraduate academic programmes and/or units;
  12. Processing applications for the establishment of undergraduate academic programmes and units in the universities;
  13. Forwarding processed applications to the Office of the Executive Secretary for Resource Verification;
  14. Compiling and categorizing the teaching and research equipment needs of undergraduate academic programmes;
  15. Coordinating laboratory equipment maintenance activities in Federal universities;
  16. Analyzing Academic Briefs for master-plan development in the universities;
  17. Compiling and publishing academic development plans for all Federal universities.
  18. Compiling and publishing List of Approved Academic Programmes in Nigerian Universities.
Resource Planning Division

Resource Planning

  • Periodic assessment of high level manpower requirements of the country in conjunction with the appropriate Government agencies;
  • Collecting and collating data on staff, students and facilities as well as recurrent expenditure in Nigerian universities to ensure compliance with standards and submission of same for inclusion in an NUC data bank;
  • Preparing Federal universities’ annual recurrent grant request to the Federal Government as input into the NUC Budget preparation process;
  • Holding the University System Annual Review Meetings with the institutions and analyzing their financial projections and plans;
  • Analyzing the actual resource utilization costs in the universities;
  • Evaluating the annual institutional performance against the approved academic plans;
  • Monitoring the state and development of universities’ libraries;
  • Supplying information on university education to Government departments, institutions and researchers;
  • Promoting the establishment and sustenance of strategic planning culture in the Nigerian University System;
  • Guiding and coordinating periodic review of university strategic plans;
  • Monitoring of the implementation of institutional strategic plans;
  • Monitoring periodic review of university funding policies and making appropriate recommendations to the Federal Government; and
  • Evaluating and monitoring the implementation of university education policies in Nigeria.

 

SIWES Division

The mandate of the Division is to bridge the gap between theory and practice through inculcation of practical skills in students in Nigerian universities as well as facilitate collaborative understanding between industries and universities for manpower development. This it achieves through the following:

  1. Ensuring the establishment of SIWES Units in Nigerian universities;
  2. Liaising with ITF to ensure the implementation of all Federal Government policies on the Scheme;
  3. Vetting and approving Master and Placement lists of students from universities and forwarding same to the ITF;
  4. Regularly reviewing courses approved for SIWES funding in universities;
  5. Liaising with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for smooth running of SIWES programmes.
  6. Coordination of Teachers Industrial Work Experience Scheme (TIWES).

The Division is divided into 3 sections for effective operations as follows:

Professional Bodies Section:

  1. Seeking and obtaining professional advice or input into the development of academic programmes in Nigerian universities;
  2. Liaising with professional bodies for the purpose of:
    • Accreditation of degree programmes in Nigerian Universities;
    • Manpower needs and development; and
    • Curriculum review and development.

3. Monitoring and reporting the activities of Professional Bodies/Councils/Organisations to the Commission

Public Sector Section

The section will liaise with Public Sector organizations to facilitate collaborative efforts between universities and industries.

  • Liaising with Public Sector organizations to facilitate collaborative effort between Universities and Industries.
  • Liaising with such organizations as the NNPC, RMRDC, NECA, FMI, MAN and Energy Commission for their needs.
  • Identifying the needs of the Industries and facilitating collaborative linkages with Universities to address such needs.

Private Sector Section

  • Facilitating linkages between the universities and SMEs for the purpose of fostering entrepreneurial education.
  • Liaising with large, medium, and small scale enterprises for purposes of collaborative research and manpower development with universities;
  • Encouraging Industries to accept students on industrial attachment (i.e. SIWES);
Resource Verification Division

The mandate of the Division is to bridge the gap between theory and practice through inculcation of practical skills in students in Nigerian universities as well as facilitate collaborative understanding between industries and universities for manpower development. This it achieves through the following:

  1. Ensuring the establishment of SIWES Units in Nigerian universities;
  2. Liaising with ITF to ensure the implementation of all Federal Government policies on the Scheme;
  3. Vetting and approving Master and Placement lists of students from universities and forwarding same to the ITF;
  4. Regularly reviewing courses approved for SIWES funding in universities;
  5. Liaising with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for smooth running of SIWES programmes.
  6. Coordination of Teachers Industrial Work Experience Scheme (TIWES).

The Division is divided into 3 sections for effective operations as follows:

Professional Bodies Section:

  1. Seeking and obtaining professional advice or input into the development of academic programmes in Nigerian universities;
  2. Liaising with professional bodies for the purpose of:
    • Accreditation of degree programmes in Nigerian Universities;
    • Manpower needs and development; and
    • Curriculum review and development.

3. Monitoring and reporting the activities of Professional Bodies/Councils/Organisations to the Commission

Public Sector Section

The section will liaise with Public Sector organizations to facilitate collaborative efforts between universities and industries.

  • Liaising with Public Sector organizations to facilitate collaborative effort between Universities and Industries.
  • Liaising with such organizations as the NNPC, RMRDC, NECA, FMI, MAN and Energy Commission for their needs.
  • Identifying the needs of the Industries and facilitating collaborative linkages with Universities to address such needs.

Private Sector Section

  • Facilitating linkages between the universities and SMEs for the purpose of fostering entrepreneurial education.
  • Liaising with large, medium, and small scale enterprises for purposes of collaborative research and manpower development with universities;
  • Encouraging Industries to accept students on industrial attachment (i.e. SIWES);
Strategic Planning Division

The mandate of the Division is to bridge the gap between theory and practice through inculcation of practical skills in students in Nigerian universities as well as facilitate collaborative understanding between industries and universities for manpower development. This it achieves through the following:

  1. Ensuring the establishment of SIWES Units in Nigerian universities;
  2. Liaising with ITF to ensure the implementation of all Federal Government policies on the Scheme;
  3. Vetting and approving Master and Placement lists of students from universities and forwarding same to the ITF;
  4. Regularly reviewing courses approved for SIWES funding in universities;
  5. Liaising with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for smooth running of SIWES programmes.
  6. Coordination of Teachers Industrial Work Experience Scheme (TIWES).

The Division is divided into 3 sections for effective operations as follows:

Professional Bodies Section:

  1. Seeking and obtaining professional advice or input into the development of academic programmes in Nigerian universities;
  2. Liaising with professional bodies for the purpose of:
    • Accreditation of degree programmes in Nigerian Universities;
    • Manpower needs and development; and
    • Curriculum review and development.

3. Monitoring and reporting the activities of Professional Bodies/Councils/Organisations to the Commission

Public Sector Section

The section will liaise with Public Sector organizations to facilitate collaborative efforts between universities and industries.

  • Liaising with Public Sector organizations to facilitate collaborative effort between Universities and Industries.
  • Liaising with such organizations as the NNPC, RMRDC, NECA, FMI, MAN and Energy Commission for their needs.
  • Identifying the needs of the Industries and facilitating collaborative linkages with Universities to address such needs.

Private Sector Section

  • Facilitating linkages between the universities and SMEs for the purpose of fostering entrepreneurial education.
  • Liaising with large, medium, and small scale enterprises for purposes of collaborative research and manpower development with universities;
  • Encouraging Industries to accept students on industrial attachment (i.e. SIWES);