Redesigned core technology courses have just been added to Nigerian institutions’ curricula by the National institutions Commission (NUC).
During a recent stakeholder meeting, Dr. Chris Maiyaki, the commission’s acting Executive Secretary, reaffirmed that the new curriculum will be implemented beginning in September 2023.
According to Maiyaki, universities will decide on the remaining 30% of the curriculum, which will be made up of the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards, or CCMAS. He thinks that this implementation will be crucial in determining how the future of the education industry will be shaped.
Cybersecurity, data science, information and communication technology, computer science, information systems, and software engineering are a few of the new courses that the National Universities Commission has added to the Nigerian university.
Introduction of tech courses into Nigerian university curriculum
The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC), introduced programs like cybersecurity, data science, information and communication technology (ICT), information systems, and software engineering into the Nigerian university system for a number of reasons, including:
- Technological Advancements: The rapid advancement of technology globally has created a growing demand for professionals with expertise in cybersecurity, data science, ICT, and software engineering. These fields are critical in addressing contemporary challenges and opportunities in the digital age.
- Industry Demand: The information technology industry is expanding, and there is a need for a highly skilled workforce to meet the demands of various sectors, including finance, healthcare, telecommunications, and government. The new curriculum aligns with industry needs.
- Economic Growth: A focus on technology-related disciplines can contribute to economic growth by fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, and the development of technology-based startups. This, in turn, can create job opportunities and stimulate economic development.
- Global Competitiveness: As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, nations strive to remain competitive in the global economy. By offering cutting-edge technology programs, Nigerian universities can produce graduates who are globally competitive and can contribute to the country’s presence in the global technology landscape.
- Cybersecurity Concerns: With the rise in cyber threats and attacks, there is a growing need for cybersecurity experts to protect critical infrastructure, government systems, and private data. Introducing cybersecurity programs helps address these security challenges.
- Data-Driven Decision-Making: Data science and analytics play a crucial role in helping organizations make informed decisions. These programs are designed to equip students with the skills needed to analyze and derive insights from large datasets.
- ICT Infrastructure Development: Nigeria, like many other countries, is investing in information and communication technology infrastructure. Developing a skilled workforce in ICT-related fields can support the growth and maintenance of this infrastructure.
- Global Knowledge Exchange: By offering programs in line with international standards and trends, Nigerian universities can facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration with universities and institutions worldwide.
Utilizing technology in one’s life can increase productivity, knowledge, and connections while expanding one’s horizons and enhancing a variety of facets of one’s life.
Consequently, the introduction of the newly revised courses reflects a recognition of the changing technological landscape and the need to provide Nigerian graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a technology-driven world, drive economic growth, improve cybersecurity, and maintain competitiveness on the international stage.