English language proficiency is a big barrier for many Nigerian graduates: Vice Chancellor; Speaking and writing English is a significant issue for many Nigerian graduates, according to Professor Christian Anieke, Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University (GOUNI), Enugu.
When representatives of the National Universities Commission (NUC) paid the university a visit on Friday, Mr. Anieke spoke.
NUC representatives visited the university to evaluate its postgraduate programs.
Mr. Anieke noted that some first-class graduates found it challenging to write or speak in proper English, stressing that the GOUNI had identified the use of English as the major weakness of many graduates from other institutions.
The VC stated that a university’s postgraduate program serves as the public face of the institution and, as such, reflects the strength of the university’s research enterprise through some of its postgraduate students.
“We created a course called “Communication in English” for this reason, and the student’s incapacity to effectively utilize the English language may be related to their upbringing.
English language proficiency is a big barrier for many Nigerian graduates: Vice Chancellor
In the Postgraduate School, we make sure that your thesis is solid enough to be published in a journal and that if it isn’t, you haven’t written a good thesis, according to Mr. Anieke.
He stressed that the university’s PG school policy was now bearing fruit in the school and that the institution was doing a lot of things to ensure that graduates were strong.
“Quality is really important to me,” he said. “You may not have many students here since many Nigerian kids want things simple.”
In his words, the NUC visit was “a peer review that makes a university more transparent and effective,” not a witch hunt.
“By sending university academic leaders to institutions beyond their regions, NUC is promoting national integration.
The vice chancellor said, “I regard this as very vital for the success of our universities.