The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has conducted the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) for foreign candidates desirous of securing admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions.
This was disclosed in the recent edition of JAMBulletin, the Board’s weekly bulletin publication.
TheFact Nigeria observed that Nigerian tertiary institutions, especially government owned ones scored low in world ranking, hence being unattractive to students.
According to JAMB bulletin, the examination was held in Abidjan, Cote d ‘Ivoire, Accra, Ghana, and Buea, Cameroon, but could, not hold in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Cotonou, Benin Republic; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Johannesburg, South Africa; London, United Kingdom, and Nairobi, Kenya, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It further disclosed that the conduct of
examinations in foreign centres was part of the Board’s conscious strategies to market the nation’s tertiary institutions to Nigerians in the Diaspora as well as international candidates.
“In line with this, JAMB is at the moment, exploring the possibility of having more centres with Europe and America being major targets”, the Bulletin stated.
As part of it’s quest to find a seamless process that would attract foreign candidates into Nigerian tertiary institutions, The Board constituted an Internationalisation Committee headed by Prof. Attahiru Jega and comprising very distinguished scholars, most of whom were former Vice-Chancellors, representatives of the National Universities Commission(NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education(NCCE) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
The report of the Committee was submitted to the Hon. Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu, who seeing the critical role it would play in terms of opening our institutions to the world, had reconstituted the yet-to-be inaugurated National Committee on Internationalisation also to be headed by Prof. Attahiru Jega.