National Universities Commission


The history, functions and governing board of the National Universities Commission (NUC) saddled with the responsibility of approving higher institutions of learning.

The history and functions of the National Universities Commission, a commission established under the Federal Ministry of Education.


The National Universities Commission was established in 1962 as an advisory agency in the Cabinet Office. However in 1974, it became a statutory body and the first Executive Secretary, in the person of Prof. Jibril Aminu was then appointed.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Education (FME). The Commission has a Governing Council, its Acting Executive Secretary is Mr. Chris Maiyaki, who assumed the duty of overseeing the activities of the Commission on June 30, 2023.

Over the years, the Commission has transformed from a small office in the cabinet office to an important arm of government in the area of development and management of university education in Nigeria.

Functions of the Commission

i. Granting of approval for all academic programmes run in Nigerian universities;
ii. Granting of approval for the establishment of all higher educational institutions offering degree programmes in Nigerian universities;
iii. It ensures quality assurance of all academic programmes offered in Nigerian universities; and
iv. Channel for all external support to the Nigerian universities.

NUC Directorates

  1. Directorate of Academic Planning
  2. Directorate of Inspection and Monitoring
  3. Directorate of Human Resources
  4. Directorate of the Establishment of Private Universities
  5. Directorate of Students
  6. Directorate of Research
  7. Innovations & Information Technology
  8. Directorate of Finance and Accounts
  9. Directorate of Accreditation
  10. Directorate of Open and Distance and e-Learning
  11. Directorate of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship
  12. Directorate of Public Affairs
  13. Directorate of Special Projects
  14. Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office

The Commission ensures it discharges its responsibilities by recruiting adequate and relevant man power and appeals to the Universities for their sustained support and understanding.


It also relies on support from the Federal Government, State Governments and other stakeholders in its bid to improve on the quality of tertiary education and graduates of the nation’s university system.

Governing Board

The Board members of the National Universities Commission comprises of the chairman, the executive secretary and members. The NUC is commission under the Federal Ministry of Education.

The commission two Committees within the board for effective function of members. They include: 1. Finance and General Purpose Committee, 2. Quality Assurance Committee


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