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ARCON accredits 37 varsities for architects training

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The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), has given approval to 37 Nigerian universities to offer degrees in architecture.

The registrar of ARCON, Umar Murnai, said this while giving a report on achievements of the council at a valedictory programme in Abuja. He said, 24 out of the institutions were fully accredited, 10 are to be accredited after the expiration of their present accreditation status while three are on advisory visitation stage.

He disclosed that two foreign universities – Near East University Cyprus (NEU) and European University of Lefke Cyprus (EUL) have also been accredited and issued certificates accordingly.

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Murna said the council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) after suspension of accreditation of polytechnics for over 10-years due to disagreement between ARCON and NBTE, which has now been resolved and accreditation resumed. He explained that 40 polytechnics are to be accredited jointly with NBTE while the council has visited five polytechnics.

He stated that due to some established infractions that were identified in its Professional Practice
Examinations handled by Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) on behalf of ARCON has verified a total of 391 candidates, 251 were successful and 140 failed and were advised to sit for Architects Competence Programme (ACP).

ARCON, he noted started induction of architects and technologists in 2017. To date, the council he said, has inducted 1, 215 architects with 694 inducted ‪from 2018 to 2021‬ while 134 technologists have been inducted, out of which 91 of them were inducted ‪within the same period.‬‬‬‬‬

In his speech, ARCON President, Gabriel Ajayi, observed that the growing membership of architects has posed a huge challenge to the body, especially on how to grow the capacity of members to match the required level of service to the society.

Recounting successes recorded in the past four years, Ajayi said, “Despite the global pandemic, we commenced renovation of the Lagos Office to create a working environment that motivates the members of staff and befits the status of our position as the leader in the built environment.

“We had reclaimed a seemingly lost property and currently in the process of erecting a befitting edifice, after undertaking a ground-breaking and foundation laying ceremony on the site.

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