Purpose: This study examined the mandate of the Nigerian University System and investigated the challenges bedevilling the sustainability of higher education in Nigeria using the University of Lagos as a case study.
Design/methodology/approach: The author adopted the survey research design. Primary data obtained from the respondents were analysed using descriptive statistics, and relative importance index. Secondary data were obtained from the National Universities Commission Reports as well as the review of relevant literature.
Research implications: The findings of the study revealed that higher education in Nigeria is faced with a myriad of challenges and the working conditions of academics leave much to be desired.
Originality/value: This study brings to the fore the challenges confronting higher education in Nigeria which if not well addressed will adversely affect the sustainability of higher education in Nigeria and the realisation of the mandate of the Nigerian University System (NUS).
Paper type: Quantitative/ Empirical
Keywords – Sustainability, Development, Higher Education, University of Lagos, Nigeria