The average number of years spent by any medical student before his or her graduation is largely institution dependent; with some staying as little as 6 years, while others have 9 years to spend before the award of the MBBS degree.
So at a three-day capacity development programme for staff of medical schools in Nigerian universities, the Executive Secretary of National Univeristies Commission, NUC, Professor Julius Okojie presented a reviewed curriculum to stakeholders. He stressed that the new benchmark minimum academic standard was competency-based and would substantially address most of the challenges faced the institutions in the training of doctors in the country.
The curriculum review was necessitated by the fact that the frontier of knowledge in all academic disciplines had been advancing with new information generated as a result of research. Other compelling reasons included the need to update the standard and relevance of university education in the country as well as to integrate entrepreneurial studies as essential new platforms that would guarantee all graduates from Nigerian universities the knowledge of appropriate skills, competences and dispositions that would make them globally competitive and capable of contributing meaningfully to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.”