MANAGING TERTIARY EDUCATION FOR AFRICAN NATIONS TRANSFORMATION AND SUSTAINABILITY: NIGERIAN PERSPECTIVE

M. Modebelu, S. Ugwuanyi

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (NIGERIA)
Tertiary Education is generally designed to contribute maximally towards attainment of national transformation and sustainable development through high level relevant manpower training and production. It is also expected that this level of education should be able to transform citizens and nation at large by developing into its products the intellectual capacity of understanding and appreciating their local and external environments. These have not been the case of tertiary education in African nations due to inability of tertiary education to experience adequate management system. This paper examined managing tertiary education for national transformation in Africa. The study adopted a descriptive survey design to elicit responses from respondents. A total of 400 respondents (200 academic staff and 200 students) from 20 sampled tertiary institutions in Nigeria through proportionate stratified sampling were used for the study. A well structured 4-point rating scale with 20 item questionnaire was developed by the researcher and used for data collection. The reliability coefficient values of 0.80, 0.88, and 0.81 using Cronbach Alpha Technique. Mean, and Grand mean were used to answer the three research questions while ANOVA was used to test the null hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. Results revealed that challenges to adequate management were identified and way forward were also revealed. Recommendation were made based on the findings.