Written by Godfrey AKON

NUC moves to track varsity graduates’ job output

Effort is being made by the National Universities Commission, NUC, to build robust links between institutions, their graduates and the labour market to have employer feedback on the performance of graduates from Nigerian universities.

Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, said tracing university graduates would help the Nigerian University System, NUS, to measure the extent of professional and academic careers they pursue after gaining the necessary skills and knowledge.

Okojie spoke in Abuja at a one day Workshop on Pilot TRACER Study of Selected Graduates from Some Universities in the NUS.

Represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, he disclosed that NUC was carrying out the trace study initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, and the Industrial Training Fund, ITF.

According to him, the tracer study focuses on gathering necessary information required to improve the curriculum, teaching and research in NUS.

Okojie said the objective of the tracer programme was to assist in ascertaining the effectiveness and relevance of the degree obtained from the Nigeria University System to the labour market.

“It will also assist to ascertain the relevance of the NUS curricula to the job functions of the graduates in their various places of work and their professional development in various fields.

“The contributions of the NUS graduates in the public and private sectors to the development of the Nigerian economy would also be ascertained,” he said.

The NUC boss challenged NUS to work with the commission in the establishment of Alumni offices in all Nigerian universities and to develop a directory to track the graduates and know where they are and what they are doing.

Okojie noted that the pilot tracer study would be focused on two important subsector, namely petro-chemical and steel industries, adding that the choice of the areas was in line with the national industrial revolution, NIRP, of the Federal Government.

Also speaking, UNIDO Project Coordinator of Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan and Industrial Skills, Prof. Olumide Ayodele, said a skill-gap assessment was being under taken with ITF to see the mismatch between the demand for skills and the supply and address the problem.

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