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ABOUT ACADEMIC PLANNING, RESEARCH AND CONTROL UNIT


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The Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit of the University of Port Harcourt is currently headed by a Director, Dr. AlubaBari Desmond Nbete, who is assisted by dedicated professionals, technical experts and other supportive staff. With the special support of the Vice-Chancellor, the unit has evolved as a vibrant unit in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, with key strategic responsibilities, which are ultimately geared towards the attainment of its statutory goal in line with the vision, mission and philosophy of the university. The statutory goal of the Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit is to coordinate academic activities and programmes in the University in accordance with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) set by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and to prevent needless duplication of courses by different academic departments and teaching units. Here at the University of Port Harcourt, the unit has continued to make uniquely giant strides in the accomplishment of its goal from the time of its establishment nearly four decades ago till date. The accelerated rankings of the University of Port Harcourt as one of the leading institutions in Africa and a globally visible brand are an eloquent testimony of the achievements of the unit.

Historically, the establishment of Academic Planning, Research and Control Units in Nigerian universities dates back to the early 1980s. The Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit is an integral administrative directorate of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. The Director is responsible to the University Senate through the Vice-Chancellor, to whom he reports directly, and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the unit

The Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit, harmonizes the academic policies and general regulations of the university with NUC’s guidelines as well as international academic standards. It coordinates the various academic programmes in the university, draws up implementation strategies for the realisation of the university's objectives. The unit also constantly reviews the content, quality and orientation of the university's academic programmes to meet both local needs and international expectations within the context of a fast-changing and increasingly globalised community. In order to realise these objectives, the Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit ensures effective and efficient teaching, learning, quality research and development, and utilization of academic resources for knowledge generation, dissemination and global competitiveness.

FUNCTIONS OF THE ACADEMIC PLANNING UNIT


The Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit has collated, managed and interpreted data, and provided a wide range of management information and planning support for facilitation of informed decision-making, policy formulation and the overall strategic development of the university. The unit is a special centre responsible for academic development of the university through its regular evaluation, planning and quality assurance functions. Specifically, the functions of the Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit of the University of Port Harcourt include:

  1. Monitoring and guiding academic activities in accordance with the statutory vision, mission, philosophy and goals of the university.
  2. Promotion of quality teaching, learning, and research and development in the university through periodic evaluation of academic activities.
  3. Coordination and review of the university curricula in accordance with trends in global academic best practices and NUC policies.
  4. Regular collection, uploading and updating of students, staff and other data of the University to Nigeria Universities System Management Portal (NUSMAP) of the NUC.
  5. Monitoring and enhancement of conformity of the university with international standards.
  6. Online management of the university information for accelerated ranking improvement.
  7. Determination and projection of student enrolment figures and adequate staff strength requirement to ensure best outputs.
  8. Preparation and coordination of academic programmes in line with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) for successful accreditation and reaccreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
  9. Collection, computerization and dissemination of staff, students and general data required for internal planning purposes in the university.
  10. Ensuring regular staff training and capacity development under the university sponsorship, often assisted with Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
  11. Preparation, implementation and review of Academic Brief of the university.
  12. Monitoring of resources allocation and utilization of the university in line with projected enrolment and needs assessment plans of the university.
  13. Ensuring constant provision of adequate and conducive teaching, learning and research atmosphere for staff and students.
  14. Attendance and active participation at the Conference of Directors of Academic Planning of Nigerian Universities (CODAPNU) meetings and other NUC organized workshops on Academic Planning, online data management, curriculum development and quality assurance.
  15. Periodic provision of data to NUC, Federal Ministry of Education, National Manpower Board, National Planning Commission, Federal Bureau of Statistics and private sector organizations.
  16. Ensuring quality control for all academic programmes in the university.
  17. Compiling and categorizing the teaching and research equipment needs of the various academic programmes.
  18. Determination of manpower needs and staff development of the university.
  19. Embarks on planning-related investigations and other research for improvement of the Institution.
  20. Computation of excess workload for teaching and non-teaching staff.
  21. Collection, collation and provision of requisite data for resources planning and preparation of the University’s annual budget estimates and monitoring subsequent resources allocation and utilization in collaboration with the Bursary and the Budget Unit.
  22. Preparation and monitoring of the university academic calendar in conjunction with the Academic Affairs Unit for stable academic delivery.
  23. Collection, analysis and interpretation of data from various departments and units in the university.
  24. Documentation, storage and upgrading of information on academic programmes.
  25. Coordination, collection and timely provision of information on academic programmes and selected research results to the NUC for national planning purposes.
  26. Preparation of the University Strategic Plan and ensuring compliance in collaboration with the University Advancement Centre, Quality Assurance Unit and the Physical Planning Unit.
  27. Evaluation of academic programmes, rationalization of courses, splitting/merging of academic programmes to best meet current Information and Technological needs.
  28. Evaluation and processing of requests for affiliation from other tertiary institutions.
  29. Assisting the Vice-Chancellor in all matters concerning Accreditation and guiding Departments, Faculties and Colleges in preparation for NUC accreditation visits.
  30. Appraisal of all proposals for establishment of new academic programmes for submission to the University Senate and subsequently to NUC after due approval.
  31. Seeking for, and fostering cooperation with, international and local institutions with similar objectives for mutual benefits.

SOME ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE UNIT


  1. The unit has a Web Site: http://acadplan.uniport.edu.ng
  2. Mails can be sent easily to the unit via its email addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. There is constant internet network in the Academic Planning Unit.
  4. The National Universities Commission portal, and Nigeria Universities Management Portal (NUSMAP) are adequately populated with data on students, staff and other information about the University of Port Harcourt. The NUSMAP, https://nusmap.nucdb.edu.ng/index.aspx, is regularly updated accordingly.
  5. Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Forestry and Wildlife are fully established and accredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC).
  6. The unit has hugely enhanced the activeness of the University of Port Harcourt main domain, www.uniport.edu.ng by populating it with additional information that attracts incredible traffic.
  7. Significant gains have been made in webometric rankings of the University of Port Harcourt as objectively ranked by the Ranking Web of Universities. The university’s rank in the world improved from 7326 position in 2013 to 6361 in 2014 and to 4590 position in February 2015 as tabulated

Area of comparison 

2012 

2013

2014

2015

Nigeria

 

16

15

12

Africa

 

125

127

93

World

 

7326 

6361

4590

The university of Port Harcourt is now ranked among the topmost ten universities in Nigeria and among the topmost 100 universities in Africa by the 4 International Colleges and Universities as can respectively be seen via the links:

http://www.4icu.org/ng/

http://www.4icu.org/topAfrica/

  1. In accreditation and/or reaccreditation of undergraduate academic programmes, the University got the following relatively impressive results. All the academic programmes in University of Port Harcourt were successful in accreditation and admission of students into each of them is legal because every one of the programmes is run strictly in accordance with NUC Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) and international academic best practices. 

ACCREDITED PROGRAMMES OF THE UNIVERSITY

The university runs over 70 undergraduate programmes in the university, and all of them are accredited. They include:

  1. Accounting
  2. Adult and Non-Formal Education
  3. Agricultural Economics and Extension
  4. Agricultural Science Education
  5. Anatomy [Human Anatomy]
  6. Animal and Environmental Biology
  7. Animal Science and Fisheries
  8. Banking and finance
  9. Biochemistry
  10. Biology Education
  11. Botany [Plant Science & Biotechnology]
  12. Chemistry Education
  13. Chemical Engineering
  14. Civil Engineering
  15. Civil Law
  16. Commercial Law
  17. Computer Science
  18. Computer Science Education
  19. Crop and Soil Science
  20. Dentistry
  21. Economics
  22. Economics Education
  23. Educational Technology
  24. Educational Management
  25. Educational Psychology [Guidance & Counselling]
  26. Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  27. English Language Education
  28. English Studies
  29. Environmental Law
  30. Fine Art and Design
  31. Fine Arts & design Education
  32. Fisheries and Wildlife Management
  33. French Education
  34. Foreign Languages and Literatures
  35. Forestry and wildlife management
  36. Gas Engineering
  37. Geography Education
  38. Geography and Environmental Management
  39. Geology
  40. History Education
  41. History and Diplomatic Studies
  42. Hospitality Management and Tourism
  43. Human Kinetics and Health Education
  44. Library Studies
  45. Linguistics & Communication Studies
  46. Management
  47. Marketing
  48. Mathematics Education
  49. Mathematics and Statistics
  50. Mechanical Engineering
  51. Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)
  52. Microbiology
  53. Music
  54. Petroleum Engineering
  55. Pharmaceutics
  56. Pharmacy
  57. Philosophy
  58. Physics
  59. Physics Education
  60. Physiology [Human Physiology]
  61. Plant Science and Biotechnology
  62. Political Science
  63. Political Science Education
  64. Pure and Industrial Chemistry
  65. Religious & Cultural Studies Education
  66. Religious & Cultural Studies
  67. Religious Studies Education
  68. Science Laboratory Technology
  69. Sociology
  70. Theatre and Film Studies
  71. Theatre Arts Education

 

AlubaBari Desmond Nbete, Ph.D.

(Acting Director, Academic Planning, Research and Control Unit)

Website: http://acadplan.uniport.edu.ng

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