The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced that Mass Communication will no longer be studied as a single course of study in Nigerian universities.NUC Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed who made the announcement on behalf of the commission said the new order will be effected from March 2020.
He further disclosed that a new curriculum for communication studies in Nigerian universities will be made available to professors and communication practitioners in Nigeria. According to him, the NUC has only unbundled Mass Communication due to increasing demands from students.
“Any university who wants to begin the new programmes must first write officially to the commission to carry out accreditation.“Mass communication is still very much available as a degree programme.
What we just did was to unbundle the programme into seven other degree courses to provide more opportunities for students to study beyond mass communication.“The demands of those who go for mass communication is high and NUC had to look into them.
“The universities now have to maintain their mass communication programme as a course and as well begin other courses in advertising, broadcasting, cinematography, Development Communication Studies, information and Media Studies, film and Multimedia Studies.
“It is, therefore, necessary for universities that are ready to begin the programmes to apply to NUC who will now check on the resources available to begin the programmes,” he said.