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NUC Extends Medical Programme Duration In Universities To 7 years

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

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 socio-
economic development."

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