Posted on September 14, 2017
The National Universities Commission has urged higher institutions of learning to adopt innovative learning methods to enable graduates to become problem solvers and relevant to the needs of society.
According to the commission, research has established a relationship among qualitative higher education, individual and national development.
The Director, Open and Distance Education, National University Commission, Dr. Olamide Adesina, said this at the first annual lecture series of the University of Lagos Distance Learning Institute Students’ Association held recently in Akoka.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Open Distance Education: A Panacea in a Recessive Economy’, Adesina noted that higher education was beyond preparing students for the employment market but preparing them to become problem solvers and great thinkers.
She said, “University education should broaden students’ minds, empowering them to discern connections, effectively analyse problems and exhibit creative understanding.
“These attributes must be in the kitty of those who will turn the fortune of the nation around. Attention should be given to programmes that can bring about economic turnaround. Courses on entrepreneurship and anti-corruption should be incorporated into the programmes of universities.”
“The ODL could be employed to teach security and conflict resolution to address challenges that make our society unsustainable and threaten our existence.”
In his address, the UNILAG’s Director, of Distance Learning Institute, Prof. Olukayode Amund, called for a more positive attitude to distant learning education.
He said, “In the past two years, Nigerians seem to know more about economic recession by their living standards than by textbook definition of the concept.
“It is therefore imperative to put more impetus to open and distance education as it has been considered to have a strong correlation with social and economic development. After all, a society of literate and skilled citizens has a greater chance of development at the economic and social levels.”