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Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed
Prof. Peter A. Okebukola, OFR

Annual Forum on

Rapid Revitalisation of

University Education in Nigeria (AFRRUEN)

Over its 74-year history, the Nigerian university system witnessed spurts of growth on several indicators including gross and net enrolment rates, gender parity and research per capita output. With 219 universities enrolling over 2.8 million students, it is one of the most expansive university systems in Africa ...

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Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission


Exciting Days

Annual Forum on Rapid Revitalisation of University Education in Nigeria (AFRRUEN)

In 2018, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed set in motion the machinery for the development of the Blueprint for the Rapid Revitalization of University Education in Nigeria (2019-2023).


Tuesday - Friday 07 - 09 February, 2023


It is proposed that AFRRUEN 1.0 will hold in Abuja


*Honourable Minister of Education
*Chairman and Members of the Senate and House Committees on Tertiary Education and TETFund
*Honourable Commissioners for Education
*Permanent Secretaries (Federal and State Ministries of Education)
*Heads of Education Parastatals at the Federal and State Levels
*Proprietors of private universities
*Chairmen of University Councils and Board of Trustees(private universities) *Vice-Chancellors *Academies *Professional Bodies *National Parent-Teacher Association *Leadership of national Staff Unions
*Leadership of NANS *Chief Executive Officers of Media Houses
*Organised Private Sector *Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) *International Development Partners
*Management of Times Higher Education and other ranking agencies
*Heads of national quality assurance agencies in Africa and other parts of the world.

Proposed theme for the 2023 Forum:

Assuring True University Autonomy and Sustainable Funding of Nigerian Universities



  1. To examine the concept and practical implications of true university autonomy including governance and sustainable funding.
  2. To propose strategies for reducing capacity deficits in teaching, research, community engagement and partnerships especially within the framework of implementation of the new Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS).
  3. To conduct workshops which will provide hands-on training on (a) ranking; (b) new technology-driven teaching approaches; and (c) deepening research and innovation uptake.
  4. To share international good practices on the implementation of true university autonomy and academic freedom and the development of a sustainable funding model.


N50,000 per participant


N150,000 per participant

Organising Committee


  • Peter A. Okebukola, OFR


  • Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, OON
  • Professor Gambo Laraba Abdullahi, OON
  • Professor Nimi Briggs, OON
  • Professor Michael Faborode
  • Professor Attahiru Jega, OFR, CON
  • Professor Chiedu Mafiana
  • Chris Maiyaki
  • Dr. Suleiman Ramon-Yusuf


  • Biodun Saliu
  • Tope Toogun
  • Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun
  • Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba
  • Professor Joseph Ajienka
  • Professor Angela Miri
  • Professor Mohammad Yahuza Bello
  • Professor Jibrila D. Amin


  • Biodun Saliu

Preparation of Background Papers

Four background papers will be commissioned ahead of the Forum and shared with registered participants at least two weeks before the Forum.

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Take a break from regular research work

The majority of researchers have extremely demanding schedules that provide little to no time for socializing. Additionally, if you travel to a conference in person, you get to visit other locations around the globe. You can even extend your vacation by a few days to give yourself a well-earned break from your busy schedule.

Broaden your horizon and socialization skills

This conference will sensitize you to accept and understand the differences in cultural habits and thought processes and allows you to expand your horizon with a deeper understanding of the potential gaps and challenges in your field that you can apply to your research.

Networking People

One of the wonderful advantages of academic conferences is the opportunity to engage in dialogue with others. You can also find the contact details to get in touch. Having support from others who are in a similar stage of their careers to you and can relate to the difficulties and struggles you face at work is also beneficial.

Discuss your insights with peers

You have the opportunity to present your research and have illuminating conversations with others on the most recent developments in your area of study. Attending academic conferences provides a priceless opportunity for knowledge exchange, which can help you see things from fresh angles and expand your views.

Be inspired by new ideas

A well-structured variety of activities will be available at the conference, e.g. panel discussions, keynote addresses, oral and poster presentations, exhibits, seminars, and interactive Q&A sessions. This allows you the opportunity to sample and learn about a wide range of topics and ideas.

Finding the newest Data

You must learn about the most recent developments in your area of study as an academic researcher. The ability to stay informed about new findings is one of the major advantages of academic conferences. This gives you a chance to sample and gain from a variety of different topics and ideas.

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event schedule

Our Speakers

The names we are proud of

Prof Peter A. Okebukola


Dr. Biodun Saliu


Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić


Prof Goski Alabi (Ghana)


Prof Chiedu Mafiana


Prof Nadia Badrawi (Egypt)


Dr. Suleimam Ramon-Yusuf


Prof Juma Shabani (Burundi)


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  • Conference Materials
  • Lunch for three days
  • Tea Break
  • Certificate




  • Conference Materials
  • Tea break
  • Lunch for three days
  • Certificate


Feel the Conference

The need to establish annual consultations targeting one or two of the challenges rather than a diffuse list has become urgent

It is proposed that AFRRUEN 1.0 will hold in Abuja. The venues of subsequent AFRRUENs will rotate among the geopolitical zones and be held in the capital of the state where the hosting university is located.

First is to decide on which of the formats you wish to attend (virtually or On-site). Proceed to register and make your payment.
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It depends on which of the formats you wish to attend. For the onsite attendance, you’d receive: Conference Materials, Tea Break, Lunch for three days and your Certificate
Abuja, Nigeria


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