The Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, Prof. Abdurasheed Na'allah, has called for networking among libraries in Nigerian universities as a way of improving the quality of postgraduate studies in the country.
Prof. Na'Allah, who made the appeal at a Public Lecture organised by the University of Ilorin Postgraduate Students Association (POGSASS) last Thursday (February 21, 2013), said that inter-varsity library networking is a common practice among public and private universities in the United States of America and students only have to wait for 24 hours before their university library calls them to pick up any material they might have requested for.
The KWASU Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Dr. Saka Saidu Mahmud of the Department of Political Science, Kwara State University, said that postgraduate students need good libraries and highly rated universities like the University of Ilorin have to be up-to-date in terms of their library stock.
In the lecture, entitled “Education and Globalisation Nexus: Appraising Postgraduate Studies in Local and Foreign Universities”, the Vice-Chancellor noted that “the post-Cold War era of globalisation is an age of knowledge-driven globalisation making the era an era of survival of the smartest as education, skills and experiences make the difference between the developed and the underdeveloped world.”
Prof. Na'Allah, who is a former member of POGSASS, said, “Postgraduate students find it difficult to have access to data in Nigeria, yet, data is important for development in all societies .”
Earlier, in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. F. A. Oladele, noted that the attention of the International Association of Universities (IAU) had been drawn to the falling standard of postgraduate education around the world and the Association is making moves to check the trend.
He noted further that with collaborative research, Africans can solve their own problems.
In his welcome address, the Dean of the Postgraduate School, University of Ilorin, Prof. C. O. Bewaji, said that discussion on the topic was timely given that the IAU started a discussion on the changing nature of doctoral thesis at the University of Ilorin a few years ago.
Assuring that postgraduate studies in the country would no longer be business as usual, Prof. Bewaji disclosed said that towards this end, the University of Ilorin has introduced a code of conduct form which both postgraduate students and their supervisors have to complete.