CU e-learning programme to bridge Nigeria’s admission deficit – VC

The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Prof. Abiodun Adebayo, has said the university’s newly launched distance e-learning platform will help address the admission deficit in Nigeria, and foster education development in Africa. In an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, Adebayo stressed that four out of every five admission seekers into tertiary institutions do not often get admission into the university.


He noted that the university, in a bid to address this deficit, had secured accreditation from the Nigeria Universities Commission to run a distance learning programme that would provide opportunities for every admission seeker in Nigeria and Africa at large to enroll in and learn at their own pace without the barrier of distance or rigour of classroom lectures.

Adebayo said, “A lot of persons are not able to secure admission into the university.  This was discussed at the last policy meeting that we had with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board where all heads of institutions converged on Abuja. So, Covenant University is opening a distance e-learning platform to welcome all of these persons that may want to key into our programme.


“We have only been able to admit one of every five people into our computer science programme at Covenant University and this is because of the post-COVID pandemic that has led to the demand for digital studies, and IT certification. For us, we welcome this and it implies that every applicant who meets our admission requirements but were not admitted, can key into the programme.”

While stressing that the institution had secured accreditation for only the Computer Science programme for the distance e-learning programme, the VC said the institution would continue to work to secure accreditation for other programmes into the distance e-learning platform.

“As a matter of policy and regulations of the NUC, only one programme can be licensed per time and within the first year of commencement. We are commencing with a BSc in Computer Science and subsequently, we will be opening more programmes in Management and Social Science, Communication, and Business. We are going to accommodate more programmes as much as we are comfortable with,” Adebayo said.


The PUNCH reported in September 2023 that Covenant University, University of Ibadan, and the Federal University of Technology, Akure secured top ranking in Nigeria according to Times Higher Education’s 2024 rating.

Analysis of the ranking showed that Covenant University is among the top 1,000 universities in the world.

Though ranked first in Nigeria, Covenant University is placed within the global 801-1000 range.



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