The Muhammadu Buhari Meteorological Institute of Science and Technology (MBMIST) in Katsina State is set to undergo a two-day accreditation visit by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for its climate change science and meteorology courses.
This visit would mark the beginning of the process that will lead to the accreditation of these programmes at the institute.
The team lead and deputy director at NBTE’s Kaduna office, Dr. Jauro Kutura, who represented the director, Alhaji Samaila Tanko, explained that the team was there for “accreditation of two programmes; a national diploma in meteorology and a national diploma in climate change science”.
Kutura praised the aesthetic appeal of the institute’s landscape and acknowledged that MBMIST has already begun incorporating agro-allied skills into its curriculum, aligning with NBTE’s new emphasis on skills node degrees. Additionally, Kutura highlighted the institute’s plans to develop curricula for higher national diploma (HND) programmes in meteorology and climate change science, as well as for electro-meteorological engineering technology at the national diploma (ND) level. She commended these efforts for the institute’s development.
Emphasising the collaborative nature of the accreditation process, Kutura stressed the involvement of stakeholders from academia and industries who are professionals in the relevant fields. Their contributions, suggestions, and advice are essential for enhancing the programs’ quality. She requested the maximum cooperation of the institute’s management and staff to ensure a successful and timely completion of the assignment.
In his remarks, the rector of MBMIST, Prof. Effiom Oku welcomed the NBTE team on behalf of the chairman of the governing board and council members. He emphasised the significance of the accreditation exercise for the institute, particularly in terms of the acceptance of its certificates as it prepares to graduate its pioneer students. Oku assured the NBTE team of maximum cooperation from the institute.
During the visit, Oku delivered a comprehensive presentation on the institute’s history, providing insights into its background and growth.
The accreditation process conducted by NBTE serves as a systematic review of educational programmes to ensure the maintenance of acceptable standards in education, infrastructure, and overall quality. It plays a crucial role in assuring the credibility and relevance of the programs offered by institutions like MBMIST.