Implementation Of New Varsity Curriculum Will Boost Graduates’ Employability Skills — NUC Boss

The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Chris Maiyaki, has revealed that the Commission is working assiduously with key stakeholders to change the narrative on the dissonance between skills and employment potentials of graduates from Nigerian universities.

He added that one of the primary objectives of the recently launched Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) by the Commission, when implemented, would address the skill gaps and make Nigerian graduates employable and employers of labour.

According to him, the new CCMAS is premised on the understanding that the university system is the bedrock of the intellectual and socio-economic progress of any nation.

Maiyaki, who spoke on Monday in Abuja at the 2023 International Summer School and Conference of the African Centre for Career Enhancement and Skills Support (ACCESS), maintained that NUC is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that universities are equipped with the necessary tools, facilities, and skills to nurture employable graduates.

Stakeholders at the event expressed worry about reports that about 40 percent of Nigeria’s youth population are unemployed, and this is the cause of numerous social vices such as kidnapping, drug trafficking, armed robbery, cultism, and terror threats, to mention a few

The acting NUC executive secretary, however, said the Commission has also made entrepreneurship study compulsory for students in all universities in Nigeria, in addition to curriculum re-engineering and collaboration with industry to enhance the employability of Nigerian graduates.

While speaking further at the conference, which has its theme, as ‘Cultivating New Frontiers in Employability Research for Skills and Career Enhancement, ‘Maiyaki said graduates must be fully equipped to face the challenges of a dynamic and interconnected world, constantly advancing in technology.

He said the improvement and update of educational programmes constituted a continuum that must align with the realities of global best practices.

ccording to him, this offers every student the opportunity to constantly refine the skills needed to be employable to excel in an increasingly competitive world, adding that the Commission was also leveraging on entrepreneurship programmes to ensure graduates become successful job creators.

”Entrepreneurship has now become part of our educational experience. This is because, in the face of unrelenting unemployment and the disconnect between theoretical and practical knowledge, it behooves NUC to, in a multi-stakeholders platform, begin to convene meetings of this nature to highlight the issues surrounding employability.

”We went into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), wherein we hope to get the buying of captains of industry, employers of labour, and stakeholders to build consensus around the issues.

”And for this particular event, we are looking at employability research issues because there are a lot of half-truths, sometimes non23truth, that are planted.

”We hope that international platforms of this nature with all the experts and academics will deepen knowledge surrounding the issues of employability so that we are well informed,” he said.

Maiyaki also pledged that the conference would harness some of the topical issues, best practices, and emerging trends worldwide while formulating implementation machinery with concrete implementable actions to drive graduates’ employability.

Nigerian Tribune

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