The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC) is a quasi-governmental, non-profit Organization that was established in 1962 by a resolution adopted at a meeting of Vice-Chancellors of the five Nigerian Universities at that time – (University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria, Nuskka, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Lagos, Akoka, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) held in October, 1962 at the University of Ibadan.
In April, 1959, the Colonial Government appointed a Commission on Post-School Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria under the Chairmanship of Sir Eric Ashby. The report of the Commission, ‘Investment in Education’ now popularly known as the ‘Ashby Report’ was submitted to Government in September, 1960 and its recommendations were accepted with few amendments. Following this, in 1962, the University of Lagos was established by the Federal Government while at the same time Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife) were established by the Northern and Western Regional Governments respectively. The Eastern Regional Government had earlier established the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1960. The University Ibadan also became autonomous of the University of London in 1962 to which it had always maintained special academic relationship. An outgrowth of the Ashby Report was also the establishment of the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1962, as a department in the Cabinet Office to oversea the activities of the Universities. The dependence of the Universities on Government subvention, the role and functions of the National Universities Commission, (NUC) and the need for a common forum made it incumbent upon the Universities to come together to exchange ideas and express joint opinions on matters affecting higher education generally in the country. Consequently, the Vice-Chancellors of Universities in the country agreed to follow a clear pattern which had proved invaluable in countries like United Kingdom Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan and to set up a body known as the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC).
“To be a veritable platform for Nigerian Universities for the attainment of academic excellence through cooperation and exchange of ideas”
- To provide a focus of academic leadership through which bold initiatives can be taken on matters concerning University Education.
- To provide a platform for discussing common issues such as inter-university cooperation, administrative and academic practices, maintenance of academic standards, staff recruitment and exchange, sporting competitions, students’ affairs, etc.
- To act as a channel through which the joint opinion of Nigerian Universities can be expressed on matters affecting higher education in Nigeria.
- To improve visibility of Nigerian Universities.
- To act as a bureau of information on Nigerian Universities.
- To facilitate communication and mutual consultation among the universities.
- To serve as a forum for collaboration with Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations, Ministries, Parastatals, Agencies and other national and international organizations on matters concerning University education.
- To cater for the welfare of Vice-Chancellors
- To do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the furtherance of University education in Nigeria