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UNIABUJA to make study of foreign languages compulsory for undergraduates

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The vice chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has announced plans by the institution to make the study of foreign languages mandatory for its teeming undergraduates.

Prof. Na’Allah, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the move is part of a larger plan to ensure that its students are globally competitive.

“We want to empower this young people to become global citizens. We are introducing foreign languages and we are making this compulsory for our undergraduates. We will soon start it such that you cannot graduate from the university if you have not passed one foreign language. 

Alongside that is the strategy for our students to study abroad and anywhere in the world. While announcing plans by the school to embark on admission campaign to states that have very few number of students in the institution to ensure that every part of the country is fully represented in the university, Na’Allah disclosed that 49 out of the 50 programmes being run by the institution have been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other relevant bodies.

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“We have 12 faculties in the university and 50 programmes. 49 of the programmes have been accredited by NUC and other bodies,” adding that the only programme yet to record the accreditation’s feat, library and information science commenced in 2016 and is expected to pass the hurdle in December 2019.

Speaking further, the vice chancellor stated that the university has entered into an agreement with a Chinese company to begin a programme in railway engineering. According to him, the school will soon work out a memorandum of understanding with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) that will see to the development of programmes in forensic accounting and forensic science in collaboration with an Indian-based university to tackle the problem of crime in the country.

On his zero tolerance for indiscipline and sexual harassment, the VC said as the only public conventional university in the Federal Capital Territory, the institution will not allow anybody to bring its image to disrepute, adding that any student or staff that engaged in any unwholesome activities will face the full wrath of the law.


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