The Commission of National Universities (NUC) has sounded the alarm about the existence of so-called "mushroom universities" abroad.
It is said that the establishment of such schools in some African countries aims to deceive Nigerian students.
NUC Executive Secretary Abubakar Rasheed explained this on Tuesday, October 8, in Abuja, speaking at the 11th International Conference and Workshop on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa.
The English professor and head of the university regulatory authority raised the challenge that such schools award degrees in less than three years, and warned the Nigerians that the NUC would not accept such degrees.
"We are tormented when employers in this country try to persuade us to interpret qualifications. In Africa, many countries allow their universities to graduate their students in less than two years.
"Unfortunately, some of our partner countries allow universities to be established for nationals of other countries, and when we write in some of these countries, we get the answer that the institutions are legally registered.
"There are reports of many Nigerians traveling to Ghana, Togo and many other African countries to study at Pil ow universities, which are predominantly Nigerian students."
EduCeleb.com points out that alumni from some foreign universities faced the challenge of completing the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The director-general of the NYSC, Shuaibu Ibrahim, had recently revealed that some of them were barely literate.
The NUC chief referred to the cases in which they visited facilities where the degrees were completed in less than three years.
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