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 recognition and accreditation to make sure that the quality is sufficient. We provide 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:

Higher education | 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 degrees 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 HBO in technical fields of study and secondary vocational education. In Nigeria, these types of education are both part of TVET. Polytechnics and colleges of agriculture are examples of TVET institutions. Students cannot obtain degrees from TVET institutions, only other types of diplomas.

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 degrees, master’s degrees and PhDs;
  • accreditation of study programmes from TVET institutions;
  • accreditation of teacher training programmes.

Accreditation of bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and PhDs

On the website of the NUC, you can find an overview of accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees and PhDs:

Accreditation of study programmes from TVET institutions

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

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.