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International Journal of Management and Administrative Sciences (IJMAS) (ISSN: 2225-7225) Vol. 1, No. 1, November, 2011(20-29) www.ijmas.org

Pragmatic Management And The Success Of Nigerian Tertiary In The 21ST Century Hakeem ‘Bola Adekola, Ph.D
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye

INTRODUCTION The Nigerian tertiary education system consists of universities, Polytechnics, Monotechnics, Colleges of Education and research institutes. Education is regarded by Nigerians as it is in other parts of the world, as the main instrument for social, political and economic development of the nation. The tertiary education in Nigeria is large and complex, rivalled in size by only South Africa. The system displays considerable diversity, thereby defying the binary division found within most of the systems in African countries especially those colonised by the British. However, it retains certain binary features in the sense that Universities award primarily Degrees, while other higher Institutions award only Diplomas and Certificates. However, this binary distinction is beginning to disappear because some Polytechnics have been legally authorised to award Degrees. The system display little interaction between Universities and Non-University Institutions. Of the 104 Universities in Nigeria, 45 are owned by Private Organisations and Individuals while the rest are owned by Federal and State Governments. This is about 43.2 percent. The situation is worse in the Polytechnics where just ten of the many Polytechnics are privately owned. The federal and State Governments also own other specialised institutions like Colleges of Educations, Nursing as well as Technical Schools. When it comes to enrolment however, the Public Institutions have over 98 percent of the entire population of registered students. This preponderance in student enrolment in the State funded higher institutions show that more Nigerians still prefer them over the Private Universities, Polytechnics and...