NBTE floats new specialized areas out of HND computer science programme

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), in the letter titled, ‘Unbundling of HND Computer Science Programme’, addressed to all heads of polytechnics and mono-technics, on the 8th of January, 2024, has announced the unbundling of the Higher Education Diploma course in Computer Science.

According to NBTE Executive Director, Professor Idris Bugaje, the new development is necessary as a result of emerging trends in the field of computer science.

He disclosed that instead of just computer science as a course, Higher National Diploma (HND) candidates now have the choice of choosing from the under-listed four (4) new specialised areas birthed from computer science.

The new specialized areas are:

i) HND, Artificial Intelligence

ii) HND, Networking and Cloud Computing

iii) HND, Software and Web Development

iv) HND, Cybersecurity and Data Protection.

In Prof. Bugaje’s words: “Due to emerging trends and the need to strategically position our graduates for more effective national development, I wish to notify you that the Board has unbundled the HND Computer Science programme run in all institutions under our purview.”

“The new specialised areas floated out of the former are as follows:

i) HND, Artificial Intelligence

ii) HND, Networking and Cloud Computing

iii) HND, Software and Web Development

iv) HND, Cybersecurity and Data Protection.”

He therefore affirmed that, as a result of the new developments, “..there will no longer be admissions into the HND Computer Science programme from the 2024/2025 academic session.”

The Executive Director therefore advised that, “students who have already been admitted into the former programmes, are given up to 2025 to phase out.”

According to him, “the grace period is to enable concerned institutions to graduate students who were admitted under the old curricula.”

Prof. Bugaje then emphasized that, in view of the above, all concerned institutions  should “kindly note that admissions from the 2024/2025 academic session into the erstwhile HND Computer Science programme, will be only in the aforementioned four (4) specialised areas; while hoping the “information will be treated accordingly and given wide circulation.”

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