- The National Universities Commission (NUC) has scrapped Mass Communication as a singular degree in Nigerian universities
- The executive secretary of the NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said it has been unbundled into seven departments
- According to him, the new developments would take effect from the 2020 university admission year
- However, the director of corporate affairs of the commission, Ibrahim Yakassai, said the course has not been scrapped but unbundled
- Yakassai said universities wishing to retain mass communication as it is, are also allowed to do so, and those who wish to adopt the new policy can do so too
The prospective candidates, who wish to study mass communication in any of Nigerian universities, would need a rethink because the National Universities Commission (NUC) has scrapped the degree.
Premium Times reports that the commission, however, said it unbundled mass communication into seven separate degree programmes to meet the current demands.
The NUC executive secretary, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said the new development would take effect from the 2020 university admission year.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, January 9, the NUC boss disclosed that Mass Communication had been unbundled into:
1. Journalism and media studies
2. Public relations studies
5. Film and multi-media studies
6. Development communication studies
7. Information and media studies
The NUC boss said that the seven new programmes/departments would be domiciled in a faculty/ school/college of communication and media studies.
According to the online medium, the director of corporate affairs of the commission, Ibrahim Yakassai, in a phone interview, denied that Mass Communication had been phased out. He said it was only broken into seven programmes.
He said that mass communication would still be a course for universities but any university that wants to offer specialised courses can do so in any of the new courses.
“We have unbundled means we have broken it into seven-degree programmes for universities wishing to adopt it, but, those who wish to retain mass communication as it is, are also allowed to retain it.
“This is in line with trends all over the world. We will retain the mass communication for those universities that have not yet developed the full competencies in the areas," he added.
Legit.ng gathered that in February 2019, a document containing a new curricula for communication studies in Nigerian universities, which seeks to unbundle mass communication and create seven-degree awarding departments to be domiciled under a school/college of communication in its place, was presented to the executive secretary of the NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, in Abuja.
While receiving the document, Rasheed said a review of the mass communication curriculum was long overdue and promised to expedite action in the process of finalising and adopting the curricula.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the controversy that greeted that admission of Thomas Goodness Shekwobyalo by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) ordered the institution to admit the girl into the college of medicine instead of the anatomy she was offered.
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