Accreditation Visit to the University of Nsukka

 

 

 REPORT OF COREN ACCREDITATION VISITATION

                                  

TO THE

UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES

 

OF THE

 

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA   NSUKKA, ENUGU

ENUGU STATE

 

     27TH – 30TH  MAY, 2018

 

REPORT OF COREN ACCREDITATION VISITATION TO THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES OF THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA,  ENUGU   STATE,  27TH – 31ST  MAY,  2018.

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) was established by Decree No. 55 of 1970 as amended by Decree No. 27 of 1992 (Amendment), now Act CAP E11/2004.  The mandate of COREN is to control and regulate the practice of the Engineering Profession in all its aspects and ramifications.  The Council carries out accreditation visitations to all Engineering programmes in Universities, Polytechnics and Technical Colleges.

In line with the mandate, COREN constituted a team of seasoned Engineers from the Academia and the Industry to re-accredit the Undergraduate Engineering programmes of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State between 27th and 31st May, 2018.

The table below shows the status of the previous visit:

S/N

UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING  PROGRAMMES                                           

PREVIOUS STATUS

DURATION

1

Agricultural Engineering

Full Accreditation

January 2013 – 2018

2

Civil Engineering

Full Accreditation

January 2013 – 2018

3

Electrical Engineering

Full Accreditation

January 2013 – 2018

4

Electronics Engineering

Full Accreditation

January 2013 – 2018

5

Met Mat Engineering

Full Accreditation

January 2013 – 2018

6

Mechanical Engineering

Full Accreditation

January 2013 – 2018

 

The list of the team members are shown below:

S/N

NAME

DISCIPLINE

STATUS

1.

Engr. A. A. Rabiu, FNSE

Civil

Team Leader

2.

Engr. Peter Awunde, MNSE

Programme Coordinator

Member

3.

Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Akinde Okunade

Civil

Member

4.

Engr. Dr. Balogun Olaitan Sulyman, FNSE

Agricultural

Member

5

Engr. T. A. Aduragba

Agricultural

Member

6

Engr. Dr. Haruna Musa

Electronics

Member

7

Engr. Oloruntoba Williams ABE

Electronics

Member

8

Engr. Prof. S. N. John

Electrical

Member

9

Engr. K.M. Umar

Electrical

Member

10

Engr. Prof. A. G. F. Alabi

Met/Mat

Member

11

Engr. Dr. S. O. O. Olusunle

Met/Mat

Member

12

Engr. Prof. O. B. Oloche

Mechanical

Member

13

Engr. Mohammed Sani Abdullahi

Mechanical

Member

14

Okoyo Henry Edosa

Secretary

Member

15

Engr. Emmanuel Anayo Agwu

Zonal Officer

Member

 

Arrival Date: Sunday, 27th May, 2018.

Departure Date: Thursday, 31st May, 2018.

The team arrived Nsukka on Sunday 27th May, 2018, lodged at the University Guest House. The Dean, Faculty of Engineering Engr. Prof. O. U. Oparaku received the team members.

The pre-accreditation meeting to mark the beginning of the accreditation exercise was held at the Guest House Restaurant. The meeting commenced at 9.00pm with an opening prayer said by Engr. T. A. Aduragba.

       

The Programme Coordinator, Engr. Peter Awunde, MNSE made a brief welcome remark after introducing the COREN accreditation Team, and the Dean equally introduced the faculty officials present. 

After the introduction, the Team Leader, Engr. A. A. Rabiu, FNSE    addressed the meeting. He thanked God Almighty for the safe arrival of all the members of the Team, and he appreciated the Dean and his officials for their warm reception. He stated that the pre-visitation meeting was to       interact with the Dean and members of the Faculty. He urged the faculty officials to cooperate with sincerity and be open to the accreditation team in order      to attain the objectives set for the visitation.

The Dean commended the team for honouring the invitation and requested the Heads of Department to provide COREN Team with self-study documents and Students hand book. He said the Faculty of Engineering runs six programmes with the Heads of the various departments present:

  1. Ass. Prof. V. S. Aigbodion – HOD, Met Mat
  2. Prof. E. S. Obe -  HOD, Electrical Engineering
  1. Prof. F. O. Okafor - HOD, Civil Engineering 
  2. Dr. E. C. Okoroigwe – HOD, Mechanical Engineering
  3. Dr. C. U Nwoji – Director, SIWES Unit

The Team Leader read out the Programme of events provided for the accreditation exercise as outlined by COREN. It was then adopted by all members present at the meeting. He emphasized that the Team should follow the programme strictly with COREN standard on accreditation and every activity during the period of the visitation.

 

The Dean of Engineering thanked COREN Team and wished them a fruitful stay at Nsukka. He then departed with his members to allow the Team deliberate further on the assignment.

The Team Leader held a brief meeting with the Resource persons and the Secretariat Staff to discuss the modalities for the conduct of the exercise in order to ensure that the team carries out a meticulous job.

The meeting ended at 9.40 pm with a closing prayer led by Engr. Prof. O. B. Oloche.

      

The team paid courtesy call on the Dean of the faculty of engineering on Monday 28th May, 2018 at 9.20am. The meeting was held at the Conference Room.

Engr. Dr. C. U. Nwoji, Director, SIWES Unit welcomed the team to the Dean’s office and presented kola nuts as a mark of honour to the visitors.

The Dean received the team members and thanked them for their patience and understanding as regards the standard of the accommodation provided for them.

While assuring the team of his readiness and commitment to the accreditation exercise, he emphasized on the importance of accreditation exercise as an avenue of pointing out the area of strength and weaknesses that will be observed from the programmes visited.  He requested the team to inform the Vice Chancellor of any deficiency observed during the course of the exercise to enable the management take prompt measures.

The team leader thanked the Dean and Heads of department for receiving the team. He informed the faculty officials that accreditation visitation is not for witch hunting but to partner with the University to build engineering profession together for the growth of the nation. He advised the Faculty officials to always prepare for visitors, especially at times like this.

In his comment, the Director, Academic Planning Prof. M. O. Osilike apologized for the poor reception accorded the team on accommodation and assured that efforts will be made to correct it. He informed the team that the University management was prepared for the accreditation visit and therefore wished the members a successful exercise during their stay in the University. The meeting ended at 9.50 am.

 

5.2. Courtesy Call on the Vice Chancellor:

The team visited the Vice Chancellor Prof. C. Benjamin Ozumba at 12.45pm for courtesy call.  The Vice Chancellor welcomed the team members and the University Principal Officers present at the meeting.

The programme Coordinator, Engr. Awunde, Peter, introduced the team members from COREN. He informed the Vice Chancellor that the visiting team assigned to carry out the accreditation exercise was made up of seasoned and skilled professional Engineers from the Industry and Academia.

The team leader, Engr. A. A. Rabiu, FNSE, thanked the Vice Chancellor and the University Officials present at the meeting and extended the President and Councils’ good wish to everyone.

He informed the Vice Chancellor that accreditation is part of COREN regulatory mandate as prescribed by the Act. He said he was delighted to be in Nsukka the second time and commended the Vice Chancellor’s efforts in ensuring that the LNG project was completed for the growth of the Engineering faculty in the Institution.

The team leader noted that accreditation is about quality assurance; aimed at ensuring that products of Engineering Programmes in Universities, Polytechnics and Technical Colleges are sound, functional Engineering Personnel that would meet the challenges of society and compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world. He urged the University to provide adequate facilities for the Faculty to build this capacity.

He informed the Vice Chancellor that COREN accreditation is for partnership and growth, not for witch-hunting, it is aimed at building, not destroying, but very strict process; firm and fair.

He quoted from the enabling Act and stressed that running Engineering Programmes that have not been accredited by COREN or continuing with such programmes with expired or failed accreditation status is illegal and in contravention of the Act establishing COREN.

The Vice Chancellor was also informed that the team will reconvene to brief him on the findings at the end of the exercise and only COREN Council can give the final verdict of the visitation at a later date.

In his response, the Vice Chancellor appreciated the team for visiting the University and said that the giant strides his administration has made in Engineering development, is a testament that he is a lover of Engineering.  He said that the University of Nigeria is science packed Institution which is known for innovation and Technology driven in the sub-sahara Africa. This was also commended by the Indonesian professors that visited the University.

He urged the team to do a thorough job that will contribute to the growth of engineering and development of the University.

The meeting ended at 1.30pm and the team proceeded to visit common facilities.

          The Team proceeded to inspect the common facilities accompanied by the      Dean,           HOD’s and some members of staff in the Faculty. The Programme        Coordinator           emphasized on the importance of COREN registration and urged the    staff to get           registered through their professional bodies if they are to practice       legally. Facilities visited were:

6.1.    UNIVERSITY CENTRAL LIBRARY

The University Central Library headed by the Chief Librarian Prof. Mrs. C. N. Ezeani received the team and conducted them round the library. The Chief Librarian described the library as the second largest library in Africa

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka’s central library has many volumes, a sizable percentage of engineering material. The databases subscribed to are relevant and adequate. There are e-books, physical books and Journals with:

  1. 213 journal titles in DOAJ,
  2. 13 Journal titles in JSTOR,
  3. 154 Journal titles in PROQUEST and
  4. 387 Journal titles in Science Direct.

6.2. E-Library

A well-developed e-library is available with ICT Park of 2200 laptops for Database exams and MTN foundation (126 laptops) for e-services.

6.3. Faculty Library

At the faculty level, there is an existing functional library. The library has 32 seating capacity which holds books in engineering programmes to compliment the Main Library.

6.4. Information Centre

The Information Section was housed at the University main Library equipped with adequate systems.

6.5. Lecture Theatre

The University Lecture Theatre has seating capacity of 534 with Sufficient teaching aids such as multimedia projectors, public address systems, electronic boards, etc.

6.6. Classrooms

There are dedicated classrooms for 300-500 levels. They are adequate in space and size. Classrooms are appropriately furnished but require improvement on illumination and ventilation.

6.7. Drawing Studio

Two Engineering Drawing Studios exist in the faculty.

  1. New Studio: There is a new and modern engineering drawing studio equipped with standard tables for manual drawing as well as provision for Computer Aided Graphics.
  2. Old Studio: The second engineering drawing studio was very old and there is the need for replacing the old tables and stools with new standard adjustable drawing boards and stools.

6.8. Workshop

The team also visited the various workshops and inspected the following:

6.9. Laboratories

Laboratory equipments inspected were found to be adequate and met the minimum academic standard specifications. The available equipments conform to those listed on the self-study forms.

  1. Structural Lab
  2. Hydraulics Lab
  1. Soil Mechanic Lab

The team broke into groups based on their discipline to tour departmental

facilities, assessed Student files, project reports, practical work reports,

examination questions and scripts etc.

The respective groups submitted detailed resports on each department as attached.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Arinze Chukwuigwe on behalf of the Vice Chancellor who was unavoidably absent received the team for the exit meeting. The meeting commenced at 5.00pm with introduction of all in attendance.

The team leader first and foremost thanked the University officials, the Vice Chancellor, the Principal Officers of the pioneer indigenous University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the Director, Academic Planning, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, the Heads of Departments, and the          entire staff of the Faculty of Engineering.

        He informed the VC that in the past few days, the team of Resource          Persons from the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria,        COREN has successfully assessed the programmes of the faculty of          engineering, visited different physical facilities ranging from:

  1. Central Library
  2. Departmental Library
  3. Laboratories and Workshops
  4. Office Accommodations
  5. Drawing Studio
  6. Virtual Laboratories etc.

He said that the Team also interviewed students and assessed staff files to ascertain their qualifications. The Team however, observed the following weaknesses.  These are:

  1. Poor funding to the faculty and the department for effective running     of their activities.
  2. One of the drawing studios is dilapidated and requires urgent

    renovation.

  1. Most Technologists are not registered with the Council
  2. There is need to improve on the sponsorship of staff professional     conference and workshop.

      He informed the Vice Chancellor that the final verdict of the   exercise can only be determined by the Council, while requesting the Vice Chancellor to look into the above mentioned weaknesses so as to rescue Engineering challenges in University of Nigeria

It was recommended by the team that the Engineering faculty should be given a befitting building that is modern or the University management renovated the old building to the standard of modern day engineering faculty.

The team also recommended that the Electronic department should be headed by Registered COREN staff in the faculty not the Dean with many responsibilities. The Dean was therefore directed by the team to write COREN on the matter within a month before the verdict of the accreditation visitation is released by Council.

The team commended the University and the faculty of engineering for the existing cordial relationship from top to bottom and vice versa among the staff. The University was encouraged to maintain the relationship for meaningful development.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor commended the team for a job well done.  He informed the team that the observations raised were noted and will be addressed immediately. He assured the team that when next they visit the University, there will be tremendous changes.  He said that the management of the University will do well to build the engineering profession in the University.  He wished the team members safe trip to their various destinations and the meeting ended at 6.00pm.

          The analysis of the accreditation scores is shown below:

S/N

UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING  PROGRAMMES

SCORE

RECOMMENDATION

1.

Agricultural/Bioresources Engineering                             

77%

Full Accreditation

2.

Civil Engineering

74.5%

Full Accreditation

3.

Electrical Engineering

70%

Full Accreditation

4.

Electronics Engineering

69.5%

Interim Accreditation

5.

Met Mat Engineering

75%

Full Accreditation

6.

Mechanical Engineering

73%

Full Accreditation

The team appreciated the President and members of Council of COREN for the opportunity to participate in the accreditation exercise.

Engr. A. A. Rabiu, FNSE

Team Leader