The National University Commission has laid down Guidelines on Part-Time And Sandwich Programmes In Nigerian Universities. These guidelines are meant to produce uniform conformity in part-time and sandwich programmes in Nigeria. This is in keeping with the NUC’s mandate of overseeing university administration in Nigeria. Expectedly, all universities currently operating Part-time programmes are expected to comply with the guidelines on programme by programme basis.
Part-time and sandwich programmes differ from full-time regular programmes. Sandwich and part-time university programmes allow the students to work while also studying. In the local parlance, it is called “Work & Study’. The NUC Guidelines on Part-Time And Sandwich Programmes In Nigerian Universities binds already existing universities as well as providing a framework for others who would want to run part-time and sandwich programmes.
Consequently, universities still interested in running Part-time programmes are advised to forward fresh applications to the NUC on programme by programme basis.
Guidelines On Part-Time And Sandwich Programmes In Nigerian Universities
The following guidelines apply:
- The admission and graduation requirements, Staffing, Library and physical facilities requirements must be in line with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for the various full-time academic programmes;
- For a programme to be eligible to run on part-time basis, the approved full-time equivalent must be available in the university, must have earned full accreditation and must be run within approved campuses;
- The enrolment into part-time programmes must not exceed 20% of total students ‘ population in the programme;
- The minimum duration of the part-time programmes must be 150% of the approved duration of the Full-Time equivalent;
- Approval shall not be granted for part-time programmes in Environmental Sciences, Engineering/Technology, Law,Medicine/Medical Sciences, Pharmacy [Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dentistry; and Veterinary Science;
- All admissions into part-time programmes must be through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Part-time programmes must be run within approved campuses of universities where the human and material resources for the teaching of the programmes are domiciled, i.e. on the main campus of the university;
- Part-time programmes shall be subjected to the NUC accreditation assessment upon maturity of the programme;
- For any programme to be eligible for part-time mode, it must have produced two (2) sets of graduates and satisfied the Resource Verification Requirements.
- Commencement of a part-time programme MUST be subject to NUC ‘s approval. Approval of commencement of all parttime programmes must be obtained.
Note: The National Universities Commission shall not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions on any university which violates any of the stipulated Guidelines on Part-Time and Sandwich Programmes.
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