THE CHALLENGE OF THE MASS MEDIA IN TRANSFORMING UNIVERSITY EDUcATION IN NIGERIA
Education is at the heart of development. The constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria made elaborate provisions for university education as launch-pad of Nigeria's quest for sustainable development. But despite these constitutional provisions and government's huge financial investment in this educational sector, the university system in the country is far from fully realizing the noble objectives envisioned for it. This is evidenced by the poor ranking of the nation's universities in the comity of world universities. A myriad offactors including in the main, poor funding is said to be at the heart of this problem. This poor performance has persisted over the years without any meaningful solution to it. The mass media as a social institution could play very vital roles in transforming the dwindling fortunes of university education in the country. This paper, therefore, assesses the university in Nigeria in relation to what obtains elsewhere, critically analyzes the problems confronting it, prescribes the kind of education needed, the roles the media could play in retneduinq the
problem and makes recommendations.