In order to ascertain the level of conformity of IAUE Part time and Sandwich Programmes, a three man delegation from the NUC visited the University on Tuesday March 21, 2023.
Leader of the team Mr Patrick Ukah while observing that the part-time programmes can not be done away with because of the high demand for it by a certain category of persons in the society, stressed the need for a system wide audit for best practices across universities running the programme.
He hinted that the base line data and
information provided by the institution would enable them verify if the programme is in tandem with the NUC guidelines.
Earlier the VC of IAUE Professor Okechuku Onuchuku expressed appreciation to the team for the resource verification exercise noting that the part-time programmes provide opportunities for those who wish to obtain degree certificates but who for one reason or the other are not able to join their regular counterparts for it.
He assured that they would be given the necessary support to carry out their duties in keeping with the NUC mandate of overseeing University administration in the country.
Meanwhile, IAUE have been lauded by the NUC for level of conformity in terms of carrying capacity, admission requirements, staffing, physical facilities, Library etc for the part-time and Sandwich Programmes. Speaking during an exit meeting on Wednesday March 22, Mr Patrick Ukah expressed delight with their findings which he noted are in line with the NUC benchmark minimum academic standard for running part-time and Sandwich Programmes.
He emphasized that failure to have the basic requirements usually attracts appropriate sanctions on Universities that violates the stipulated guidelines. He thanked the VC and CCE staff for cooperation given in carrying out their oversight functions.
The team leader while acknowledging that funding was a general problem faced by all universities, hoped for an improved funding system for IAUE.
He advised that a minimum of six years be set as duration of the part-time programme instead of the current five years duration.
In his remarks, the VC of IAUE Professor Okechuku Onuchuku expressed gratitude to the NUC resource verification team and assured that issues raised would be handled. He also appealed that maximum awareness should be created for the six years duration for part-time programmes across universities in the country.