The National Universities Commission (NUC) has
developed a new Benchmark Minimum Academic
Standards for training of doctors in Nigerian
According to the commission, medical
programmes will now take a duration of 7 years.
This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of
NUC, Professor Julius Okojie, during a three-day
capacity development programme for staff of
medical schools in Nigerian universities.
He said the new benchmark minimum academic
standard was competency-based and would
substantially address most of the challenges
faced by the institutions in the training of
doctors in the country.
In his words, “The curriculum review was
necessitated by the fact that the frontier of
knowledge in all academic disciplines had been
advancing with new information generated as a
result of research.
Other compelling reasons included the need to
update the standard and relevance of university
education in the country as well as to integrate
entrepreneurial studies as essential new
platforms that would guarantee all graduates
from Nigerian universities the knowledge of
appropriate skills, competences and dispositions
that would make them globally competitive and
capable of contributing meaningfully to Nigeria’s