RELEVANCE OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCE PROGRAMMES IN SPECIALIZED UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA: AN ADVOCACY FOR ADOPTION OF GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES

RELEVANCE OF
MANAGEMENT SCIENCE
PROGRAMMES IN SPECIALIZED
UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA: AN
ADVOCACY FOR ADOPTION OF
GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES
John Uzoma Ihendinihu 1 , Michael
Chidiebere Ekwe 2 & Wilson Uchenna Ani 3
implications.
This paper examined the disciplines in line
with global
best legal mandates of
Specialized Federal Universities (SFUs) in
Nigeria against the backdrop of current global
trends and the effects of the directive on the
country; noting that mounting Management
Science programmes in SUs does not breach
the provisions of the statutes that established
the Universities. In addition, the paper
uncovered the real challenges of SFUs in
Nigeria and appealed to the proprietor and
regulators of the Institutions to address the
real problems of SFUs rather than basing the
review on alleged breach of mandate by the
co-existence of the programmes to undermine
the good essence of allied professional
disciplines in specialized Universities. The
paper therefore advocates that stakeholders
in the management of tertiary education in
Nigeria should adopt a comprehensive and
3
wilsonani2007@yahoo.com
ABSTRACT
In the recent past, regulators of tertiary
institutions in Nigeria reviewed academic
policy on programmes offered by
Specialized Universities (SUs) in the
country. This action resulted in delisting
some previously approved and fully
accredited programmes from the list of
programmes offered by these Universities.
This regulatory action generated agitations
from many stakeholders in the education
sector for its numerous negative
Accounting and Finance Research Association
diversified educational model that offers
complementary benefits to a variety of
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Department of Accounting,
Department of Banking and Finance
College of Management Sciences, Michael
3
Okpara University of Agriculture,
Umudike
1
ihendinihu.john@gmail.com
2
ekwemike@yahoo.com &
practices in academic curricula of similar
Institutions in other parts of the world.
Keywords: Specialized Universities, legal
mandate, global best practices, management
science programmes, diversified educational
model

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