The National Universities Commission (NUC) has revealed that the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, was the largest private university in the country, with 450,000 students.
Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, who made this known during a retreat organised for vice-chancellors yesterday in Abuja, noted that the number of students admitted each year by NOUN was more than what the 75 private universities in the country enrolled in four years.
According to him, the 75 private varsities located in various parts of the country, accounts for less than 6 per cent of the entire students’ population in the nation’s university system.
“The private universities are the largest in terms of number. 75 out of 164 and the way it is going, in the next few years, this number will continue to increase. “Of course, if you look at the total enrolment of the private universities, they account for less than 6 per cent.
These 75 universities do not have up to 6 per cent.
“The largest university in the country, Open University, what it admits in one year is more what the 75 universities admit in four years. NOUN admits over 100, 000 every year, now they have 450,000 students and they are targeting 750,000 in the next few years,” he said.
While calling on the vice chancellors to embrace the reform being introduced by the Commission to ensure universities in the country remained relevant, Rasheed maintained that the Commission would leave no stone unturned to ensure the institutions lived up to expectations.
“In the last one and half years, we have done more accreditation than in the previous five years put together. We have introduced new programmes like never before,” he added.