Many universities in industrialized countries for example maintain branch campuses overseas and have students who are learning through face-to-face, blended or e-learning in other countries. This approach of internationalization in the provision of post-secondary education transaction overseas is referred to as transnational education.
In simple etymology, the word “transnational” implies actions, practices, or contacts that extend or go beyond national boundaries. When used in combination with other concept such as education, the term “transnational” still implies the idea of transactions across national borders, but with specific contextual meaning.
This meaning holds for all types and modes of delivery of higher education, study programmes, or sets of courses of study, or educational services including distance education, where learners are located in a country different from where the awarding institution is based.
Such programmes may belong to the education system of a State different from the State in which it operates, or may operate independently of any national education system in line with the UNESCO and the revised code of good practice in the provision of transnational education developed by the council of Europe and UNESCO and recognized by the United States as good practice in that area.
MODELS OF TRANSNATIONAL EDUCATION
The following are the various models of transnational education as approved for the Nigerian space.
The branch campus model is one in which a foreign university establishes its campus in Nigeria, following the NUC approved procedures for the establishment of branch campus(es). Programmes offered in the Nigeria campus shall be of comparable standards with those offered in the parent institution.
- Franchise: The foreign sending Higher Education Institution (HEI)/provider has primary responsibility for the design, delivery and external quality assurance of academic programmes offered in host country. The qualification is awarded by a sending HEI. Face-to-face, distance and blended education can be used. Programmes offered in the Nigeria campus shall be of comparable standards with those offered in the parent institution.
- Independent Institution: In the model, the foreign provider (a traditional university, a commercial company or alliance/network) establishes in Nigeria, a stand-alone university, to offer courses/programmes. There is usually no “parent Institution” in the country of the foreign provider and it is therefore independent. The National University Commission will need to work together with the foreign provider on the design, delivery and quality assurance of the academic programmes. The procedures for the establishment of private universities are applicable.
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- Joint Degree Option
In the Joint Degree option, a single degree programme is undertaken to obtain a single certificate bearing the signature of the competent authorities of all degree-awarding bodies involved. It is an arrangement whereby universities in different countries collaborate to offer a programme for which students receive qualifications from the universities or a joint award from the collaborating partners. Arrangement for programme provision and criteria for awarding the qualification are customized for each collaborative initiative in accordance with national regulations in each country.
(ii) Parallel (Dual) Degree Option
In the parallel Degree option, two separate degree programmes are studied alongside each other; leading to two separate awards. It may involve the mutual accreditation of prior learning and in-course credit transfer as well as some curriculum mapping between both Institution. As a prerequisite, a detailed agreement with partners on the legal, academic and financial parameters is painstakingly undertaken.
The Acquisition model is where one or more legally incorporated foreign universities or interests, purchase a part or 100% of an established university in Nigeria on a mutual agreement between the foreign universities and the Nigeria University and retaining all the terms of the initial license excepting proprietorship, membership of Board of Trustees and some aspects of Governance.
The Open & Distance Learning (ODL) Model
The ODL Model refers to the provision of quality academic programmes and courses leading to the award of degrees, without the constraints of time and space by the foreign Open or Dual Mode Universities. Interested universities are however expected to comply with the ODL model approved for the Nigeria University System which is the ICT-Enabled Supported Blended Learning (IESBL) model. It is the acceptable and practicable model in Nigeria for now. The IESBL model places high premium on the centrality of quality interactive course materials produced in mixed-media format, the deployment of appropriate technologies and provision of robust learner support mechanism. Minimum learner-tutor contact in a face-to-face environment and periodic pen-on-paper examinations are also imperative in this model.
Prof. Oloke. J.K (Vice-Chancellor)
Professor Oloke was born some six decades ago. He obtained a PhD in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1989. He became a Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in 1999.
Between 1993 and 1994 he did some genetic engineering work on an unusual isolate of Bacillus thurigiensis at the Biology Department University of Waterloo; Ontario Canada. As a result of this preliminary work, the organism was deposited at the American Culture Collection Centre (NRRL) as Bacillus thurigiensis oloke and filed for American Patent with ascension number WO/1997/041235.
The research group of Professor Oloke successfully constructed a Computerized Bioreactor and Computerized Temporary Immersion Bioreactor which are very vital in microbial fermentation and plant tissue culture. The Bioreactors were adjudged one of the ten outstanding research work at the First ever NUC Research Fair in Abuja. This feat contributed to fetching Ladoke Akintola University of Technology the First position among all the States Universities of Nigeria for three consecutive years. This research discovery has since been acquired by the National Biotechnology Development Agency; Abuja.
In a quest to find a long lasting solution to immuno-compromised conditions, Professor Oloke formulated an immune modulating agent known as Trinity Immuno-booster (Trino IB). It was given a NAFDAC number in 2007 and has been successfully used for the management of different immuno-compromised conditions both in Nigeria and some other countries. As a result of this feat Professor Oloke was conferred with National Productivity Order of Merit Award by the Federal Government of Nigeria in August 2012.
In Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso; he has served in different Administrative Posts like Head, Department of Pure and Applied Biology; Director, Academic Planning and Chairman, Pre-Degree Science Program.
Professor Oloke has served as a member of Governing Councils for Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and at The Nigerian Baptist Theology Seminary, Ogbomoso.
He has graduated more than thirteen Doctoral students some of which have become Professors.
Professor Oloke who has served as a member of NUC Accreditation Panels to three Universities had been a Visiting Professor to University of Lagos and Osun State University.
Among his international travels, in May 2014, Professor Oloke was specially invited to All Saints University College of Medicine in St Vincent and Grenadines as a Foundation Dean for the Faculty of Science. During his stay in All Saints University he played a major role in the accreditation excise of the University and assisted the University in setting up a Research Committee.
He has been the Chairman LAUTECH Christian Community since 1991 till date.
Professor J K Oloke is a minister of the Gospel.
He is happily married with children.
Dr. Pedetin Afolabi
Dr. (Mrs.) Pedetin Oluranti Afolabi is currently the Registrar (Acting) of PCU and the immediate past Registrar (Acting) of Samuel Adegboyega University, having served for four years in the Office, in the latter institution.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Education of University of Calabar, Master and Ph. D degrees in Educational Administration and Management of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, formerly Ogun State University. She is a Fellow of Institute of Policy Management Development; Member of Nigerian Institute of Management, Association of Nigeria University Professional Administrators, Primary and Tertiary Teacher Association of Nigeria and Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria.
Dr.(Mrs.) Afolabi’s working experience spanned over 20 years. She has served as a Teacher and School Administrator with Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board, before she joined the league of University Administrators as Senior Assistant Registrar with Samuel Adegboyega University in 2011 and rose to the position of Deputy Registrar. Her experience covered all the divisions in university Registry. She has participated as member or Secretary to many Standing and Adhoc Committees.
She lectured on Part-Time at Olabisi Onabanjo University Consult Ayetoro and Abeokuta Study Centres as well as Federal College of Education Osiele Abeokuta (Centre for Part-time and Sandwich Programmes), Ayetoro Study Centre between 2008 and 2010. She has some number of publications in reputable journals.
She is a disciple of Jesus Christ, an Auxiliary Member of Gideon International and a teacher in the body of Christ. She is married and endowed with blessed children.
Mr. Abiodun. H. Adedeji, FCA
Biodun Adedeji, fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, an Alumnus of Lagos Business School of Pan African University, was educated at Lagos State Polytechnic, now Lagos State University of Science and Technology where he studied Business. Administration and Management and obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with Second Class Upper from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-lwoye, and Master’s degree in Business
Administration specialising in Finance from the University of lbadan.
Biodun began his career at Wemabod Estates Limited, (a subsidiary of Odu’a Investment Company Limited) in June 24, 1996 and worked in several departments and companies across Odu’a group with extensive experience in Manufacturing, Hospitality, Insurance, Leasing8 among others. He is the first and the only staff to be promoted yearly in 3 consecutive time in the history of Odu’a Group since the conglomerate was established in 1976. He was promoted in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
He joined the management cadre of Odu’a group as a Senior Manager, Investment in 2005. He was appointed as New Business Development Manager in December 1, 2006, being the first to hold such position in Odu’a group with fullresponsibility to bring in new businesses, remodelling existing businesses and revitalising moribund companies within the group. Between 2005 and 2014, He was able to prepare more than 13 existing business plans which resulted to the establishment of E&0 Equipment Leasing Company Limited, Property Redevelopment Programme, Part of the team that put finishing touches on the establishment of the first commercial mall in lbadan, Heritage and
Cocoa Malls, revitalisation of Ire Burnt Bricks which had been moribund for 17 years among others where he was the Managing Director of Ire Clay Products Limited between 2015 and 2020.
He was appointed by the Federal Government as a member of Presidential Committee on Housing and later as the Chairman of Technical Working Group with a view of revitalising Moribund Burnt Bricks towards constructing affordable mass housing in Nigeria. A member of team appointed by Oyo State Government to prepare medium and long term expenditure framework plan. Biodun and his wife floated Hezab Consulting Group with extensive connections and collaborations with top level consulting firms across Africa, Europe and the United States with the recent in road to Canada. The firm has been able to offer capacity building programme for the principal officers of Nigerian Tertiary Institutions in Kenya, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom and Nigeria.
He has also has been a regular speaker on Financial Reporting most especially on IFRS in Nigeria, Kenya and United Kingdom and also developed templates for training of Nigerian Universities Vice-Chancellors where over 100 Vice Chancellors had benefited from the course that has been holding at the University of Cambridge in United Kingdom since 2013.
Biodun is happily married and blessed with Children.
Tolulope Olatoyan, FCA
Tolulope Olatoyan, FCA is seasoned Professional Accountant with about 15 year’s experience having worked with Audit firms and consulting outfits. She has an excellent experience in various roles as External Auditor, Internal Auditor and Management Consultant.
Tolulope is passionate about ensuring compliance with standards and delivering exceptional customer service while ensuring the achievement of demanding objectives and corporate targets. She has a record of consistently exceeding expectations in terms of personal and professional goals, and has proven experience of adding value and making significant improvements to business performance.
Tolulope is currently the Senior Internal Auditor of Precious Cornerstone University, one of the leading private Tertiary institutions in Ibadan, Nigeria. She is the current head of the Vice Chancellor’s office of Precious Cornerstone University. She doubles as the Secretary to the Centre for Professional Development and Consult and the Secretary of the International Engagement & Linkage Centre.
Mrs. Olatoyan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Tolulope is a graduate of Accounting and holds an MSc in Finance from the Lincoln University College, Malaysia.