Nigerian universities have a low number of full professors, according to the National Universities Commission.
According to the NUC, the decision to grade academic staff quality on a professorial level was made because professorship is considered the pinnacle of academic excellence.
This is due to the fact that only 107 universities have been permitted to provide postgraduate programs, according to the commission.
This was indicated by the NUC in a set of data published on its website on Wednesday.
NUC stated, “This is an assessment of the quality of academic staff in the university. The full professorial category is selected as it is the zenith of academic staff quality in a university.”
According to the data, the institution with the highest number of professors is the Usman Dan Fodio University, which the NUC ranked at 36.44 per cent. This was closely followed by the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, with 35.80 per cent.
The University of Ibadan came third with 29.04 per cent, while the University of Lagos was placed in the bottom 16 with only 14.75 per cent of professors. Other federal universities with an extremely low percentage of professors are the Federal University, Oye Ekiti; Federal University, Lafia; University of Agriculture, Makurdi; and the University of Uyo, among others.
The NUC found that 11 of the state-owned universities have fewer than 10% full professors.
Cross Rivers University of Technology, Kwara State University, Bayelsa State Medical University, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Adamawa State University, The Technical University, Maitama Sule University, Bauchi State University, Gombe State University, Kano State University of Science and Technology, and Kebbi State University of Science and Technology were among the institutions mentioned.
In the category of private universities, the NUC reported that several institutions had fewer than 6% full professors. They include, among others, Bowen University, Baze University, Summit University, Crescent University, Hallmark University, Clifford University, Igbinedion University, Augustine University, Al-Qalam University, Landmark University, and Chrisland University.