University administration is the process of facilitating the students from matriculation to graduation, and facilitating the staff from recruitment to retirement.
A university is made up of interdependent parts which function in harmony towards the system‘s set goals and objectives, and comprises
a. The student
b. The teaching staff and
c. The non teaching staff (administrative, technical and professional staff)
These tri-agents are indispensable in university administration.
The University’s Laws, Acts and General Structure in Facilitating its Unique Enterprise
The University enabling law is the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Act CAP N139 LFN 2004 and its amendments. Other operating laws include the following
a. ProcurementAct, 2007
b. Pension Reform Act, 2014
c. Senior Staff Conditions of Service
d. Junior Staff Conditions of Service
e. General Academic Regulations
f. Financial Regulation
At the core of effecting the University objectives are the academic staff, who play the pivotal roles of teaching, research and community service. For lecturers to perform maximally in their statutory functions, there is a need for a crop of other ofﬁcers who would assist in attending to certain basic duties that are important in carrying out the University‘s corporate objectives.
The laws of each university make provision for the ofﬁcers of the institution and their functions. Those identiﬁed include the Visitor, the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council, the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Registrar, the Bursar and the University Librarian. The law makes provision for the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Nnewi Campus. The statutes also provide for Congregation, Convocation, Faculties and their Departments, Institutes and other Units of learning and research. They provide for the appointment of academic, administrative and professional staff.
A typical organogram of a Nigerian University is shown below. This may vary from one University to another, depending on whether the Lmiversity is federal, state or privately owned. Nnamdi Azikiwe University Act Cap N139 LFN 2004 and its amendments provide for the key ofﬁcers of the University and their functions.