History of Affiliation of private and religious Institutions to Nigerian Universities
During the pre-independent and post independent era many religious institutions in Nigeria, in their attempt to foster nation-building by providing educational opportunities to their students had sought affiliation with various universities both within and outside the country. By 1985, the situation had become not only unwieldy but unwholesome in certain circumstances. The Federal Ministry of Education in the attempt to ensure quality intervened and directed that all such religious institutions should seek affiliation with approved Nigerian Universities. By this directive many Nigerian Universities received application and in many cases granted affiliation to recognized Religious institutions.
In 2002 the National Assembly of Nigeria passed a law permitting private organisations and individuals to establish universities and polytechnics. The same law mandated the National Universities Commission (NUC) to regulate and undertake quality control of the content and curricula of academic programmes of such private institutions. The interpretation of this mandate by NUC, by extension, is that the regulation of the content and curricular of affiliate institutions is no longer based solely on the Senate of Universities to which they are affiliated but that such affiliations and programmes must also be subject to the approval of NUC.
In keeping of the new situation the University of Port Harcourt in 2006 established the Office of the Director of Affiliations to ensure that all processes of affiliation and programme accreditation matters are properly followed.
To be a dynamic regulatory organ of the University of Port Harcourt in the maintenance of academic standards and quality control in all affiliate institutions.
To facilitate affiliation processes and advice the University on affiliation matters, and to work with affiliate institutions to ensure the accreditation of academic programmes.
Terms of reference
To identify appropriate institutions for the purpose of establishing mutually beneficial relationship.
To initiate the process of regulating the activities of existing affiliate institutions.
To submit periodic reports, where necessary, to the Vice-chancellor on any relevant matter
Any other relevant matter not covered above
Ø Methodist Theological Institute, Umuahia
Ø Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja
Ø BaptistCollegeof Theology, Obinze, Owerri
Ø Collegeof Education, Warri
Director: Professor S. IniobongUdoidem