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International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics

International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics (IJSRECE)

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International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics (1 paper in press)

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    by Lukman Saliu 
    Abstract: Clients have an increased expectation of the service offered by quantity surveyors and this coupled with greater competition both internally from the profession and externally has resulted in challenges to their professional status. Due to rapid changes and diversification in both the Quantity Surveying profession and the construction industry, it becomes more important to produce well qualified and competent graduates to meet the challenges of the profession. This paper reviews the current curriculum of the Quantity Surveying Departments in Nigeria universities (Federal University of Technology, Akure and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as case studies) to the skills required in tackling the modern challenges posed to the Quantity Surveying profession by the changing nature of the construction industry. It focuses on the new areas that should be incorporated in the undergraduate curriculum. It gives little attention to areas that may be obsolete and needs to be expunged from the curriculum. Extant literatures show that technological advancement and the complex nature of clients needs are some of the major factors causing these changes. Empirical data was collected through questionnaire survey from professional quantity surveyors. The data were analyzed using inferential statistical tools and the results were presented in tables. The finding shows that the current Quantity Surveying curriculum cannot be categorized as totally insufficient for training students in the undergraduate Quantity Surveying programme. Little improvement is required to put the curriculum at a higher standard. Conclusively, updated Joint Contract Tribunal (2011 edition), Workshop & seminar, Computer aided design (CAD), Knowledge management and Building information Modeling should be given more attention in the curriculum of the federal university of Technology Akure, while sustainability in Built Environment, knowledge of the various form of Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) Construction, Workshop and Seminar are to be included in the present Curriculum of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In addition, the curriculum should be constantly updated to produce graduates with relevance skills in this era of technology, economic uncertainty and globalization.
    Keywords: Universities’ curriculum and Modern Challenges in Quantity Surveying Practice;.