The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said the body is geared to revitalise education through digital innovation.
While adding that the commission has developed a blueprint to review the curriculum of education in Nigeria.
He stated this while delivering a keynote address at the 2022 African Centres of Excellence, ACE, Regional Conference with the theme: “Sustainable Integration of Digital Education in the Post Covid-19 Era.”
“Due to Coronavirus, we realize there is a need to adopt a sustainable integration of digital education. We have re-engineered the curriculum to embrace education”.
The NUC boss disclosed that the commission has developed 11 strategic goals for the university system and one of which is to deepen ICT in the instructions.
” We set up a committee to develop a curriculum on artificial intelligence.
All these innovations taking place is as a result of interactions between the World Bank and the National Universities Commission.”
“Nigeria has received foreign students from several countries, and students from over 17 countries subscribed to one university alone, courtesy of the ACE programme, for the first time in 20 years”.
The Head of International Affairs of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland, Dr Olivier Kuttel, called on African countries to embrace digital technology.
” The impact of ICT is quite huge, especially in the area of education, research, innovation and the society.
ICT has a great impact on society and will be felt in all sectors of the economy. During the pandemic, many schools had to change from traditional method to online method”.
In the same vein, he said African universities have been challenged to embrace, deepen digital education and make it acceptable to their societies to achieve its desired impact.
He, therefore, called on universities to go digital, taking into cognisance the society they are serving, adding that if the society does not accept the digitisation of teaching, it’s not going to work.
The representative of Africa Digital Education Network, ADEN, Prof Rasheed Sanni, urged other universities to embrace digital education.
“Digital sustainability could not have come at a better time than now this dispensation. The pandemic had brought about innovations”.