The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) has ranked Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Imo, as the best polytechnic in the country.
Masa’udu Kazaure, executive secretary of the board, made this known in Kaduna on Sunday.
Masa’udu Kazaure said the polytechnic emerged the best.
After scoring 85.08% in the assessment of 112 federal, state and private polytechnics in the country.
He said the exercise covered the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic session.
The NBTE boss said when disaggregated by ownership, Federal Polytechnic Nekede also emerged the best polytechnic in the country followed by Federal Polytechnic Ilaro and Kaduna Polytechnic.
“The Polytechnic Ibadan, IMT and Rufus Giwa polytechnics were; the highest ranked among state polytechnics while Lagos City Polytechnic is the highest ranked private polytechnic and the 16th in the country,” he said.
“Dorben Polytechnic and Heritage Polytechnic were the second and third best private polytechnic in the country.”
Kazaure explained that the polytechnics were; ranked based on the total number of programmes with full accreditation in the last two years; and percentage of programmes with full accreditation.
He said: “Other criteria include proportion of academic staff showing the right mix, that is, chief lecturer and principal lecturer down to assistant lecturer; and ability of institution to introduce programme in new and emerging fields.
“They were; equally assessed based on capacity building and the quality of staff”.
“Other areas are availability of current campus master plan, strategic plan, and academic brief percentage of academic staff with relevant higher qualification and professional registration; and 70:30 technology-non-technology enrollment ratio.
“Another consideration was the incorporation of entrepreneurship education into the institute’s curriculum and fully established Entrepreneurship Development Centre.”