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Academic Planning Unit

The Academic Planning Unit in the University of Calabar is a Unit under the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. It was established in 1981 with the primary objective of coordinating and streamlining the academic policies and activities of the University system to avoid proliferation of programmes and units in line with guidelines given by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The unit is headed by a Director who works with other professional, administrative and technical staff. The Unit reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor. For details of functions/activities, please see appropriate section.

Vision and Mission


To plan, co-ordinate and streamline the Academic Policies and activities arising from the sudden and sometimes uncoordinated growth and development, proliferation of programmes and or units in the Nigerian University System.

  • Quality control of the University, guiding each Faculty, Institute, Department and Unit on the operation of the University Academic Brief.
  • Seek clarifications from National Universities Commission (NUC) on academic matters and feeding such clarifications to appropriate sections of the University through the Vice-Chancellor.
  • Play an advisory role on relevant matters as in (ii) above during Senate, Academic Planning Committee Meetings, Meetings of Minimum Academic Standards Committee, etc and relaying new information as appropriate.
  • Study and analyze University compliance with Minimum Academic Standards, fund allocation parameters, and university performance audit including accreditation and advice on needed line of action.
  • Generate, obtain and store relevant up-to-date data to guide University management in planning decision-making. Such data include staff and student records, research output, etc.
  • Work very closely with all segments of the Vice-Chancellor’s office and other principal officers as DVC (Academic), the DVC (Administration), the Registry, the Bursary, the Library and others for experiences that would better equip the office with relevant information for proper guidance of the University management for purpose of planning, growth and development of the University.
  • Monitor and advice on the provision and distribution of office and classroom space.

Strategic Thinking

Financial Functions:
  • Assessment of long-range financial needs.
  • Development of University budgetary procedure and controls.
  • Budget review and recommendations
  • Execution (annual budgets and procedure for funds release)

Academic Planning Functions:
  • Assessment of long-range financial needs.
  • Assessment of staff requirements, including Academic, Administrative, Professional and Secretarial.
  • Protection of Faculty and Departmental enrolment in line with approved growth rate guidelines of National Universities Commission (NUC).
  • Control of unnecessary duplication of programmes.
  • Liaise with the National Universities Commission (NUC) on University Operations generally and specifically on matters of minimum academic standards, visitation, accreditation, development of new requirements for Teaching and Research Equipment.


The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) was originally established as Education Trust Fund (ETF) by the Act No 7 of 1993 as amended by Act No 40 of 1998 (now repealed and replaced with Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act 2011).

It is an intervention agency set up to provide supplementary support to all level of public tertiary institutions with the main objective of using funding alongside project management for the rehabilitation, restoration and consolidation of Tertiary Education in Nigeria.

The main source of income available to the Fund is the two percent education tax paid from the assessable profit of companies registered in Nigeria. The Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) assesses collects the tax on behalf of the Fund.

The funds are disbursed for the general improvement of education in federal and state tertiary educations specifically for the provision or maintenance of:

  • Essential physical infrastructure for teaching and learning
  • Institutional material and equipment
  • Research and publications
  • Academic staff training and development and
  • Any other need which, in the opinion of the Board of Trustees, is critical and essential for the improvement and maintenance of standards in the higher educational institutions
  • The Fund is managed by an eleven (11) member Board of Trustees with members drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country as well as representative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Finance and the Federal Inland Revenue Services.

    Accessing TETFUND Intervention

    In every intervention year, TETFund allocates funds for the University of Calabar, which is accessed after following Tetfund stipulated process.

    The University of Calabar after being allocated funds issues a circular to the university community through the office of the Director of Academic Planning, calling for submission of applications or proposals.

    Qualified members of the University Community can then obtain copies of application form from their Department, the DAP’s Office or directly from Tetfund website, which they are expected to complete and submit within the stipulated time to the Director of Academic Planning.

    The applications/proposals are then processed by the TETFUND Committee of the University of Calabar before submitting to TETFUND Abuja, for approval.

    Areas of Intervention of interest to staff include:
    • Conference Attendance
    • Academic Staff Training & Development (AST&D)
    • National Research Fund (NR)
    • Institutional Based Research (IBR)
    • Academic Manuscript/Book Development
    • Academic Research Journal (ARJ)

    • N/B

      Details of TETFUND activities and interventions including the Guidelines for Accessing Tetfund interventions can be found on tetfund website: