14 Steps to Establish a Private University in Nigeria

14 Steps to Establish a Private University in Nigeria.

If you are willing to own a private University in Nigeria kindly follow the 14 Steps to Establish a Private University in Nigeria here.

In this post, you will see the step-by-step guide on how to start a private university. You will also see the process on how to register a university in nigeria with the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).

14 Steps to Establish a Private University in Nigeria

14 Steps to Establish a Private University in Nigeria

Establishing a new university is a straight forward process. Once you have the needed structures, library and teaching and non-teaching staff in various courses, your university will be approved by NUC.

Here you will see the full NUC Accreditation requirements. These are the NUC benchmark minimum academic standards.

Step 1 – Application, in writing, stating the intent for the establishment of the University

Interested applicants are expected to apply in writing, to the Executive Secretary, NUC, stating the intent for the establishment of the university.
The declaration of intent should include, in brief, the name of the proposed University, the location, the mission and vision, the nature of the proposed university and its proposed focal niche in the current Nigerian University System, etc.

Step 2 – Interview of Promoters to Ascertain their Seriousness

Step 3 – Collection of Application Forms

Following due consideration of the application in writing, individuals or corporate bodies seeking to establish a private university are expected to send a representative to come to the Commission with the prescribed payment to collect a set of ten (10) application forms in person.
Upon collection of the forms, copies of guidelines and other requirements are also given for proper guidance. Other clarifications are also sought and given as appropriate.

Step 4 – Submission of Application Forms and Relevant Documents

The completed application forms are forwarded with a non-refundable processing fee in Bank Draft addressed to NUC along with one or more of the following documents, if ready:
  •  Draft Academic Brief;
  •  Draft Physical Masterplan;
  •  Draft University Law;
  •  Counterpart Deed of Assignment;
  •  Certificate of Incorporation/Registration of Proprietors (accompanied with Articles and Memorandum of Association);
  •  Deed of Assignment/Certificate of Occupancy;

Letter of Available Liquid Cash; and

* Bank Guarantee of Funds to the tune of N200 Million from a reputable Bank.

It is usually advised that the last two documents should not be procured by the applicant until processing of the application has reached an advanced stage. Submission should also be at the instance of SCOPU.

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Step 5 – Interactive Meeting of SCOPU with the proposed university

Normally, SCOPU invites the members of the Planning & Implementation Committee of the proposed university to NUC for an interactive meeting as a prelude to the first verification visit to its campus site.
During the meeting, the process of documentation and other matters bordering on university governance are discussed and many grey areas are resolved.
The meeting also affords the proposed university the opportunity to interact with the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of NUC and his Management team for words of advice and encouragement.
Also, a seminar presentation is delivered to avail the prospective Proprietors of the basic philosophy of universities and their societal roles.

Step 6  – Completion of Submission of Outstanding relevant documents

The Proprietors of the private Universities who had submitted part of the relevant documents, are expected to make full submissions at this stage.
The relevant documents, include the draft Academic Briefs, draft Masterplan and the draft University Law.

Step 7 – Intensive Review/Analysis of Documents by experts in Relevant NUC Departments

Following submission of the completed application forms and relevant documents, the documents are forwarded to the professional Departments for analysis after which their comments and observations on such documents are sent to the Committee for onward transmission to the proposed university.
For instance, Academic Brief and Masterplan documents are forwarded to the Department of Academic Standards. The legal documents such as the University Law, Counterpart Deed of Assignment, Certificate of Incorporation/Registration and Deed of Assignment/Certificate of Occupancy are usually forwarded to the Legal Unit of the Office of the Executive Secretary.

Step 8 – First Verification Visit

SCOPU undertakes a verification visit to the proposed university to review their documents with them on one-on-one basis and to assess the level of preparedness in terms of documentation.
During this visit, inspection of physical facilities is also undertaken to ascertain their adequacy for the proposed Colleges for the first phase. In addition, courtesy calls are paid to the government establishments that provide infrastructural facilities such as electricity, water and telecommunication including the traditional rulers and local government headquarters of where the proposed university is located.
These visits are undertaken to solicit support of the host community for the proposed university and also let them know that a university is being proposed in that area.
This visit is considered very important as it reveals whether the Proprietor is committed to the project and is a prerequisite to the final verification visit.

Step 9 – Revision of Documentation by Proprietors based on Report by SCOPU of NUC

Following the first visit, the proposed university is expected to revise its documents and undertake the modifications of its facilities to reflect the prescriptions given during the visit.
The revised documents are forwarded to NUC for assessment of compliance. If found that progress has been made in that direction, the second (final) verification visit is scheduled to the proposed university.

Step 10 – Second Verification Visit

This is expected to be the final visit to the proposed university, depending on the level of compliance with the given prescriptions.
As a result, the documents are reviewed along with the Planning & Implementation Committee with a view to perfecting them as to bring them to an acceptable level.
The evidence of available liquid cash documents are inspected and analyzed by the financial expert on the Committee. The Bank Guarantee of Fund to the tune of N200 million will also be sighted along with other legal documents for eventual submission to NUC.
Final inspection of physical facilities is also carried out to ascertain whether they are in consonance with the approved NUC norms.

Step 11 – Security Screening of Proprietors and Board of Trustees

The purpose of screening the proprietor (Promoter) and members of Board of Trustees of the proposed universities is to enable the Government to ascertain the credibility of those who are sponsoring the university project and to ensure that they are not persons of questionable character.

Step 12 – Approval By NUC Management

SCOPU, on return to NUC from the final verification visit, writes a comprehensive report with scores to the NUC Management for its consideration and further necessary action.

Step 13 – Approval By NUC Board

The NUC Management, upon receipt of SCOPU report on the proposed university, considers and makes appropriate recommendation to the University Development Committee (UDC) of the NUC Board for its consideration after which the latter submits it to the Board for ratification.
The Board, thereafter, forwards its recommendation to the Federal Government through the Honourable Minister of Education for its consideration and approval.

Step 14 – Approval by Federal Executive Council

The Federal Executive Council considers the recommendations of the NUC Board and Security report on the proposed university’s Promoters. If approved, a three-year Provisional Licence is granted the Proprietor. Only satisfactory performance during the probationary period will earn the Proprietor a substantive License.

How much does it cost to start a university in Nigeria?

Establishment of private universities in Nigeria is cost intensive.  The cost of establishing a university is affordable to many rich people in Nigeria.

You will definitely need nothing less than 100 Million Naira. The bulk of the money will go into building and erecting structures as well as hiring eligible staff which is necessary for accreditation.


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