"Working in More Than One University is Not A Crime." ASUU President - Focus News


Monday, 23 December 2019

"Working in More Than One University is Not A Crime." ASUU President

The President of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, says working in two universities is the best practice of the world tertiary educational system. He said lecturers should be allowed to work in more than one university.

He stressed that working in two universities contributes to the development of knowledge as it widens the scope of knowledge of the lecturers. He said the lecturers that go on sabbatical are paid by the original universities and the visiting university laying emphasis on the fact that these lecturers will be able to compare and contrast and understand the standards where knowledge, idea and innovation can be shared among universities.

Ogunyemi reiterated that working in two universities is not a crime. He made this known at the forum organized by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja saying that is a tradition and practice all over the world.

According to him,  it would also help the lecturers to bring back ideas to help universities that are not measuring up.

The purpose is that, it creates window for peer review, which means an idea which is being used in one university, you can go and test run it in another to see how effective it contributed to the knowledge. Wherefrom, the lecturer will know what is obtainable or what to be borrow from.

The ASUU President said, sabbatical should be encouraged among lecturers because no matter how small it may be the latter will definitely come back with fresh idea.

He said, "So, working in more than one place is not a crime, It is like a research/teaching leave; you also go to another place within Nigeria or outside Nigeria to acquire new information, knowledge and bring back the knowledge to add value to your workplace." Though the intending lecturer have to take approval from his original university before he can proceed to the visiting one.  

So, it is part of the inbuilt mechanism for developing the competencies and skills of the university academics for global competition." It is not an argumentative motion.

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