Vice Chancellors of various universities in
Nigeria, under the aegis of Association of Vice-
Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) on
Monday, May 30, began their annual conference
Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, Vice Chancellor of the
University of Jos » and host of the event, said
the conference will give the heads of varsities a
chance to discuss challenges facing universities
in the nation with the aim of coming up with
“ The conference usually provides the forum where
Vice-Chancellors assess the university system and
suggest ways to improving it,” Mafuyai said to the
press, to mark the commencement of the
“ The conference is an avenue for discussing
common problems relating to inter-university
cooperation, maintenance of academic standards,
staff recruitment, students affairs and international
“ It is a forum through which the opinion of
universities can be expressed on matters
concerning education in the country.
“It also provides members the opportunity for
formulating action plans on any national issue to
be communicated to government ,” Mafuyai said.
Mafuyai added that this annual conference will
have all the VCs from federal, states and private
universities in attendance.
Mafuyai said that the Vice-Chancellors were
conscious of their responsibilities to university
education hence the need to prepare the
universities to play that role.
“ The university plays a pivotal role in human and
material development of the nation; that goal can
only be best realised by pursuing a joint action
toward achieving quality education and high
academic standards,” he said.
Mafuyai said that the theme of the conference
“ Quality Assurance and Global Competitiveness:
A Challenge for Nigerian Universities ”, was
targeted at tackling hurdles on the path to such
The Vice-Chancellor observed that the
challenges of universities were compounded by
the failing crude oil prices and sluggishness in
the diversification of the economy, which he
described as “the inevitable way forward”.
He said that plenary sessions on various sub-
themes had been lined up to give added impetus
and character to discussions, while high profile
scholars had been invited to deliver papers.
The conference will end on June 2, 2016.
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