Nigerian educational institutions and study programmes

Below, we explain what types of educational institutions and degree programs there are in Nigeria. We also explain how we check whether these are recognised or accredited. We check the and to make sure that the quality is sufficient. We give the necessary information per educational sector.

Secondary education | diplomas

In secondary education, you should especially pay attention to whether a student has a recognised diploma. These are the recognised diplomas of upper secondary education:

Secondary vocational education | educational institutions

Students can go to TVET institutions for secondary vocational education (and technical higher professional education). There are various types of TVET institutions. There are various types of TVET institutions, for example polytechnics and colleges of agriculture. TVET institutions need to be accredited by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE).

Secondary vocational education | study programmes

There are many types of study programmes in Nigerian secondary vocational education. The study programmes have different admission requirements, , content and . You will need information about this in order to determine the level of a diploma. We describe the diplomas we often see on our webpage about Nigerian secondary vocational education. Below, we explain how you can check if study programmes are accredited.

Checking the accreditation of study programmes in secondary vocational education

On the NBTE website, you can find overviews of approved study programmes.

Higher education | educational institutions

In Nigeria, institutions for higher education need to be accredited. There are different types of higher education institutions:

  • universities;
  • affiliate institutions;
  • TVET institutions;
  • Institutes for teacher training programmes (Colleges of Education, National Teachers Institute).

Universities

Universities offer both and . There are federal, state and private universities. Only universities are allowed to award degrees, such as bachelor’s and master’s degrees. They are allowed to award other diplomas as well, for example a Postgraduate diploma.

Checking the accreditation of universities

On the website of the National Universities Commission (NUC), you can find an overview of accredited universities:

Affiliate institutions

Affiliate institutions are connected to a university. They offer education that is supervised by a university. Affiliate institutions offer both HBO and WO. The university issues the official degrees, not the affiliate institution. It is not allowed to do so.

Checking the accreditation of affiliate institutions

On the website of the NUC, you can find an overview of accredited affiliate institutions.

TVET institutions

TVET institutions offer both technical higher educational and secondary vocational education. There are various types of TVET institutions, for example polytechnics and colleges of agriculture. Students cannot obtain degrees (such as bachelor's and master's degrees) from TVET institutions, only other types of diplomas. TVET institutions need to be accredited by the NBTE.

Checking the accreditation of TVET institutions

For information about how to check the accreditation of a TVET institution, please see Secondary vocational education | educational institutions.

Institutions for teacher training programmes

In Nigeria, there are educational institutions that offer only teacher training programmes: the Colleges of Education and the National Teachers’ Institute. Some universities also offer teacher training programmes.

Checking the accreditation of institutions for teacher training programmes

On the website of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), you can find an overview of accredited Colleges of Education. The National Teachers’ Institute is accredited as well.

Higher education | study programmes

In Nigeria, study programmes in higher education need to be accredited. There are different types of accreditation of study programmes:

  • accreditation of bachelor’s programmes
  • accreditation of master's and PhD programmes;
  • accreditation of study programmes from TVET institutions;
  • accreditation of teacher training programmes.

Checking the accreditation of bachelor’s programmes

On the website of the NUC, you can find an overview of accredited bachelor’s programmes.

Checking the accreditation of master's and PhD programmes

On the NUC website, you can only find an overview of accredited master's and PhD programmes in the field of (business) administration. However, accreditation is also mandatory for other fields of study. Do you want to know if a master's or PhD programme in another field of study is accredited? Please contact the NUC.

Checking the accreditation of study programmes from TVET institutions

On the website of the NBTE you can find overviews of accredited study programmes from TVET institutions.

Checking the accreditation of teacher training programmes

Teacher training programmes are accredited by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN). There is no overview of accredited teacher training programmes on the TRCN website, but you can look up registered teachers in the TRCN's List of Registered Teachers. In Nigeria, registration is compulsory for people who want to work as a teacher.