Vice-chancellors decry varsities’ low carrying-capacity for medical college students

Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities says it’s partnering with universities in Egypt to provoke medical mobility alternate programmes and deal with the issue of the low carrying capability of medical schooling research in Nigerian universities.

The CVCNU Secretary-Normal, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, mentioned this in Abuja whereas addressing journalists on the partnership of the committee with the Affiliation of African Universities and particularly with Egyptian universities.

In keeping with Ochefu, the general carrying capability for medical schooling in Nigerian universities is lower than eight per cent of demand.

He mentioned, “In 2019, over 436,799 candidates utilized to review drugs in Nigerian universities with solely 30,111 areas accessible. This represents 7.95 per cent of obtainable capacities.

“On the degree of the Nationwide Universities Fee, JAMB and the Nigerian and Medical Council of Nigeria and on the degree of particular person universities, particularly vice-chancellors are all anxious about this improvement, which can grow to be a disaster. This problem could be very alarming and the Committee of Vice-Chancellors has determined to do one thing about it.

The CVCNU mentioned partnership with Egyptian universities would go an extended strategy to deal with the issue.

He mentioned, “So, a part of what we’re doing is working with the AAU by their North Africa Regional workplace and in partnership with the federal government of Egypt to provoke medical mobility alternate programme between Egyptian universities and Nigerian universities.

“As you could effectively know, the Egyptians have helped arrange a number of medical colleges in Nigeria, similar to in Maiduguri, Kano and Sokoto previously. What we at the moment are attempting to do is to increase that relationship to as many universities as potential

“We’re working with them for alternate of workers, coaching of workers, alternate of studying supplies and alternate of postgraduate college students in medical research. We consider that with the assistance of the Egyptians we should always have the ability to cut back these dreadful figures that we’ve considerably within the subsequent 5 years.”

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