ICAN Accreditation: V-C Renews Call For Harmonisation Of Regulatory Bodies

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, has renewed his call for the various professional regulatory bodies to synergise with the National Universities Commission to carry out joint accreditation exercises in Nigerian universities.
Professor Lale made the call while receiving the Accreditation team from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to the Department of Accounting in the Faculty of Management Sciences in his office, last Tuesday.
He said that, if fully implemented, the move would make life a lot easier for university authorities as so much resources were currently being channelled towards addressing multiple accreditation exercises by various professional bodies that focus on the same issues without dissipating energies that could be channelled to other productive uses. 
“As I address you, the cost of running higher institutions in the country has continued to rise by the day. We are looking forward to a day when there would be joint accreditation teams from the NUC and professional bodies so that verification exercises can be carried out at the same time without compromising standards,” he stated, adding that the essence of the exercise was to fit out graduates for purpose so that at the end of the day, they would compete favourably with their peers elsewhere. Professor Lale commended the Faculty of Management Sciences and Department of Accounting for faring well over the years, urging the staff and students to keep the flag flying.
Earlier in his address, leader of the team, Dr. Uche Uwaleke told the Vice-Chancellor that the exercise was not targeted at finding faults in the programme, but to ensure that graduates of Accounting measured up to approved guidelines that would prepare them  to compete on the global stage.
“What ICAN accreditation does is to help shape the students and fast-track their professional growth. Such an advantage enables them to skip seven, out of the 16 subjects offered in our professional examinations,” Dr. Uwaleke told the Vice-Chancellor.
At the Exit Meeting which held last Thursday, Dr. Uwaleke commended the University for preparing the Department of Accounting to secure full accreditation status. “I wish to state that we were impressed by what we saw in terms of staffing, programme, infrastructure and library resources. The Department needs to stock ICAN Study Pack, in addition to other minor amendments that would position it to train students that can compete on a global scale.” He disclosed that the team would look at the curricula, examination system, staffing, infrastructure, academic environment, library resources, as well as interact with staff and students.


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