Revitalizing Tertiary Education in a Distressed Economy: Strategies for Sustainable Recovery and Adaptation
2Florence Anieotim Abraham
3Eno Emmanuel Bassey
1Department of Educational Management and Planning,
2University of Uyo,
3University of Uyo
Education system in Nigeria, especially the public Tertiary level is bedeviled with several challenges that require efforts of all stakeholders to have a rethink about its revitalization in this distressed economy, towards a sustained recovery, for Nigerian national development. Tertiary education system in a distressed economy like Nigeria is bedeviled with several significant challenges and requires strategic approaches for sustained recovery move and adaptation. This paper therefore discusses a range of challenges that encompass funding and adequate infrastructures. It emphasizes the importance of innovative approaches to enhance infrastructure, effective financial management, strategic partnerships, and stakeholder’s engagement. The goal is to foster adaptability, and innovation within the tertiary education institutions to navigate the complexities of a distressed economy. The implementation of these strategies requires a collaborative effort involving policymakers, institutional leaders, and stakeholders. Policymakers play a crucial role in creating an enabling environment through supportive policies and funding mechanisms. Institutional leaders must embrace a transformational mindset, fostering a culture of innovation and accountability. Engaging stakeholders, including students, faculty, alumni, and industry partners, is vital for building strong partnerships and aligning education programs with economic needs. The impact of these strategies is multifaceted. Financial sustainability measures enable institutions to diversify revenue streams, optimize resource allocation, and reduce dependence on public funding. By implementing these strategies, tertiary education can position themselves as resilient, dynamic, and indispensable contributors to societal and economic progress.
Revitalizing, Tertiary Education, Distressed Economy, Strategies, Sustainable Recovery, Adaptation