Paper Title
SUSTAINING QUALITY IN TERTIARY EDUCATION IN ENUGU STATE: NETWORKING AND COLLABORATION AS KEY STRATEGIES
Author
Obiora I. Anidi
Section
Education
Abstract

This paper revealed that most tertiary institutions worldwide are having problems of resource insufficiency. It further rationalized networking and collaboration strategies as latest trend for bridging gaps that exist within any educational system and also key for quality sustainable renewal which is capable of unlocking the educational potentials of the numerous tertiary institutions in Enugu State. It finally discussed the possibilities of applying networking and collaboration as key strategies for sustainable, quality, educational renewal within Enugu State tertiary educational system.

Keywords
Quality Education, Tertiary Education, Networking, and Collaboration

Introduction

Paucity of funding and other educational resources are common problems bothering administrators of tertiary education all over the world, especially in Nigeria. There is no single tertiary institution today in Nigeria that can boast of sufficiency in funding or availability/adequacy of resources. According to Commonwealth of Learning (2010), tertiary educational institutions worldwide are experiencing funding cuts even as global need for training in skills and for professional upgrading increases. They conclude that providing course programmes is one of the proven ways institutions meet higher training demands, yet coming up with the funding and resources for both traditional as well as distance education services remain a challenge. In the same vein, Ofoefuna and Eya (1999) posited that, owing to the cost of some instructional resources, funding and resources are not easily available in Nigerian educational institutions. In the same regard, Anidi (2004) pointed out that tertiary institutions, as funded today in Nigeria, may not produce functional and self reliant graduates with the limitations imposed by the present Nigerian economy. As at today, there are numerous tertiary institutions in Enugu State. In fact, Enugu can boast of having the highest cluster and number of tertiary institutions within the south east of Nigeria and most of them are having similar problems of resource insufficiency (Anidi, 2014). In the face of the challenges of poor funding and lack of other resources, tertiary institutions in Enugu State can tap on strategies of networking and collaboration as key to renew and unlock quality educational potentials of the system.

 

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