Mrs. Constance Goddy-Nnadi is a graduate of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Calabar, where she majored in French. She also holds a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka .
She commenced her career at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in March, 1993, as a Personnel Officer I. She rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Director, SERVICOM, in January, 2009 and in 2011, Deputy Director, Corporate Services. She maintained this position until her appoIntment as Director in 2014.
To be a vibrant Directorate, fostering partnerships between Nigerian universities and relevant international Institutions as well as offer liaison services for the development of quality university education in Nigeria
To ensure the development of a well-coordinated and sustainable interface, aimed at promoting viable linkages, partnerships and liaison services between the Nigerian University System and relevant international educational organisations and institutions that will guarantee global competitiveness.
Mandate & Functions
The Directorate has the mandates to promote and strengthen international partnerships and cooperations as well as provide effective liaison services between the Nigerian University System and international organisations. These mandates include:
- Acting as an intermediary on partnerships between Nigerian Universities and foreign organisations/Higher Education Institutions (HEIs);
- Providing guidelines for international partnerships/linkages;
- Monitoring of extant international collaborations between the NUS and foreign partners;
- Facilitating and advising the NUS on issues relating to Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with relevant international organisations , for succeeding partnerships;
- Providing liaison services for the development of the NUS and
- Safeguarding the integrity of the NUS and international university education through confirmation of institutions/certificates.
- Coordinating and facilitating existing international cooperations and linkages for the development of the Nigerian University System;
- Ensuring strong and sustainable international linkages and partnerships with academics in the diaspora that will enhance teaching, learning and research in the NUS for global competitiveness;
- Forging external support cooperation for the NUS;
- Responding to enquiries on Nigerian degree-awarding institutions, programmes and certificates verifications as well as corresponding with Embassies and Diplomatic missions in relation to university education;
- Encouraging international partnerships for facilitating cross-border relationships with notable organisations and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs);
- Fostering partnerships between the Commission/NUS and relevant stakeholders such as International Development partners, Inter-governmental and Non-governmental organisations as well as Civil Society Organisations;
- Ensuring effective coordination of all Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the Commission/Nigerian universities and relevant stakeholders, which are geared towards the development of the Nigerian University System and
- Providing and maintaining liaison services for the benefit of Nigerian University System.
Entrepreneurship Development Division
The Division has (2) two Units:
Domestic Liaison Unit
- It is responsible for coordinating and maintaining domestic liaison services between the Commission and relevant stakeholders through the Lagos Liaison Office;
- Assist in providing liaison services between the NUS and relevant stakeholders in Lagos; and
- Overseeing NUC properties in Lagos
Overseas Liaison Unit
It coordinates and maintains overseas liaison services of the Commission through the Nigerian Universities Offices (NUOs) in London (U.K), Washington D.C (U.S.A) and Ottawa (Canada) that would enhance the Commission’s role as a link for the Nigerian University System.
The NUOs were established to serve the follow functions:
- Representing the Commission and protecting its interest internationally;
- Providing liaison services for Nigerian Universities;
- Assisting in arrangements of scheduled overseas meetings and conferences between the Commission and relevant international partners/HEIs;
- Overseeing the Commission’s overseas properties and
- Providing guidance and assistance for the placement of NUC and universities’ staff scheduled for overseas postgraduate studies and other staff development programmes in the respective countries.
Industrial Work Experience Scheme
The Division has two (2) Units:
External Support Cooperation Unit
- The Unit ensures effective coordination of all external support and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between the Commission/Nigerian universities and international bodies, which are geared towards the development of the Nigerian University System for global competitiveness.
- It coordinates, among others, the Voluntary Leadership Visitors’ Scheme (VOLVIS), an international visitor programme sponsored by the government of the United States of America for university management as a faculty development programme for Nigerian academics in some overseas HEIs.
- The Unit is also responsible for ensuring proper representation and reporting intergovernmental activities relating to higher education between Nigeria and other countries such as the Joint Committee on Nigeria-Benin Republic Commission, for the benefit of the Nigerian University System.
International Partnerships (HEIs and Associations) Unit
- The Unit coordinates, develops and facilitates cross-border relationships with notable International educational organisations and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
- Fosters and oversees the development of strong relationships that would generate grants, aids and exchanges for the NUS through various stakeholders such as International Development partners, Inter-governmental and Non-governmental organisations as well as Civil Society Organisations. These organisations include World Bank, UNIDO, ECOWAS, European Union (EU), UNESCO, USAID, MacArthur Foundation (Aids and Fellowships), British Council (Going Global, Scholarships and Aids), Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) and Qatar Foundation (World Innovation Summit for Education –WISE).
- Collaborates with relevant HEIs associations such as International Association of Universities (IAU), Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA), Association of West Africa Universities, (AWAU), Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), West and Central Africa Research and Education Network (WACREN), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Association of Africa Universities (AAU), African Quality Assurance Network (AFRIQAN) and other International agencies and organisations relevant to higher education and international programmes for Nigerian Universities.
University-Industry Linkages Division
The Division has two (2) Units
Diaspora Affairs Unit
- The Unit coordinates, facilitates and implements international programmes such as the Linkages with Experts and Academics in the Diaspora Scheme (LEADS), which aims at attracting experts and academics of Nigerian extraction in the Diaspora to contribute to the development of the Nigerian University System through short-term academic appointments in Nigerian Universities (The programme was initiated to forge academic alliances beyond borders and motivate Nigerian academics in the Diaspora to pursue more extensive research).
- The Unit also collaborates with international inter-governmental bodies such as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an organisation related to the United Nations, which provides services and advice to governments and migrants on migration issues.
Qualification Verification Unit
- The Unit is responsible for confirmation and verification of institutions, programmes and certificates issued by degree-awarding institutions.
- It also corresponds with Embassies/High Commissions and Diplomatic missions in relation to university education.