More NUC Accreditation Teams Praise UniPortProgrammes, Chart Ways Forward

As the University hosted more accreditation teams constituted by the National Universities Commission to the University, last week, Management has continued to receive more accolades on the quality of programmes and service delivery in the various departments evaluated.
Programmes that were assessed in the latest round of accreditation exercises were: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Plant Science and Biotechnology (Botany), Computer Science, Geology, Maths/Statistics, Science Laboratory Technology, Agriculture, including the Industrial Chemistry component of the Department of Chemistry, which the accreditation team insisted should, henceforth, run for five years in line with the NUC B-MASS standard.
In their separate reports, leaders of the various accreditation teams gave positive recommendations about what they saw on ground in the programmes evaluated, urging Management to rectify some observed lapses aimed at enhancing service delivery to stakeholders. At various Exit Meetings with Management, the accreditation teams agreed with the philosophy and objectives of each programme, curriculum, admission requirements, academic regulations, courses, external examiners’ report, quality of technical and administrative support staff, staff development programmes, library as well as physical infrastructure, amongst others.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor NdowaLale, expressed gratitude to the various teams and the NUC for their positive comments on programmes presented by the University for accreditation. He assured them of the resolve of his administration to implement the recommendations they made to improve the quality of teaching and research in the University.
“I can assure you that we will do our best to implement your recommendations so that our programmes can be strengthened to enable us move the University forward. I wish to reiterate, once more, that accreditation exercises are very necessary as quality assurance measures in the university system. I can assure you that without such periodic exercises, the universities would have further degenerated far beyond what we are currently complaining about. Apart from rigorously scrutinising our programmes, the NUC should also recommend to government, the need for better funding that would enable us discharge our core mandate of teaching, research and community service,” the Vice-Chancellor told the accreditation teams.


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