UCC reacts to claims of its operations ban in Nigeria over violation

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The management of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has described as false, unfounded and untrue a claim indicating its operations have been banned in Nigeria over violation of the country’s Education Act.

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In a press statement dated January 4, 2023, and shared with Thisterm.com, UCC said it does not have any outlet or campus operating in Nigeria nor has it granted a franchise to any institution in Nigeria to run its programmes.

The management emphasized that all international students, including Nigerians, wishing to study at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) apply directly to the University for consideration, thus it operates no different campus in Nigeria.

UCC said its name had been mistaken to the name of a certain Cape Coast University (CCU) which was listed among some fifty-eight (58) universities that have been closed down in Nigeria for the Education Act violation.

“Management wishes to assure its cherished stakeholders and the general public that the University holds very dear its solid brand as an excellent academic institution with worldwide acclaim and, for that matter, would not do anything untoward to tannish its hard-won reputation as the Number One University in Ghana and West Africa, and the Seventh in Africa, according to the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

We would entreat all persons and institutions, as we have always done, to, at all times, verify with the university, the authenticity of certificates purported to have been issued by the University of Cape Coast.

In light of the above, Management wishes to entreat its stakeholders and the general public to disregard the malicious publication,” the management of the Cape-Coast-based University (UCC) said in the press release dated January 4.

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The University of Cape Coast’s comment comes after the National Universities Commission of Nigeria in a blog post on its website said 58 local and International universities have also been shut down for violating the Nigeria Education Act.

Affected Ghanaian universities are the Volta University College and the University of Education (UEW). Other foreign universities also affected are the Columbus University, UK operating in Nigeria, London External Studies UK, University of Industry, Lagos, the International University Missouri, and the Pebbles University, UK among others.

According to an official statement on the NUC website, the Federal Government has not licensed these universities. The Commission tagged them as “Degree Mills” and warned both parents and prospective students to be weary of them.

“The National Universities Commission wishes to announce to the general public, especially parents and prospective undergraduates that the under-listed “degree mills” have not been licensed by the Federal Government and have therefore been closed down for violating the Education (National Minimum Standards, etc.) Act of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004,” the blog post said.

The Commission further warned that individuals who obtain certificates from the over 50 listed institutions do so at their own risk and also certificates obtained from the universities will not be recognized for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), employment, and further studies.

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