The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed will add colour to this year's Convocation Ceremony of Tai Solarin University of Education,  Ijagun, Ogun State as he will be delivering the Convocation Lecture of the Nation's Premier and Preferred University of Education. Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed's lecture is titled "SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION".  He was born in Makarfi Village in Kaduna State in October 1957.He attended the Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School, Makarfi between 1967 and 1971; School of Arabic Studies, Kano (1972-1976); Bayero University, Kano (1977-1980 and 1981-1983); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1986-1991) and the University of Nottingham, England (1989-1990). He holds, among other qualifications, B.A., two Masters Degrees and a PhD in different aspects of English Studies.

Prof.  Rasheed began his teaching career in July 1981 as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of English and European Languages of Bayero University, Kano. He rose, through the rank, after 10 years, to become a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department. In April 1993, he left the University to have a stint as a journalist with the New Nigerian Newspapers Limited, where he was appointed the Editor of the Sunday edition of the newspaper. After three months on the job, he was appointed as the substantive Editor of New Nigerian, a position he held until February 1995, when he became the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the New Nigerian Newspapers Limited. He was opportuned to attend, as International Visitor, the Multiregional   Conference on United States’ Foreign Policy (August to September 1997) as well as the Annual Human Rights Conference, held in Geneva, Switzerland in April 1999.

In May 1999, after managing the company for four years, he voluntary withdrew his services from the New Nigerian Newspapers to return to his teaching job in Bayero University, Kano. With his return to the University, he served as Head of Department of English and French (1999-2000). Dean of Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies (2000-2005), Chairman, University Consultancy Services Board (2005-2007), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) (2007-2009), Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) (2009-2010), Acting Vice Chancellor (July 5-August 17, 2010) and immediate past Vice Chancellor (2010-2015).

Professor Rasheed also served in several committees and boards as Chairman/member including Senate, Committee of Deans and Directors, University Community Relations Committee, University Admissions Committee, Convocation Committee, University Endowment Fund and University Press Steering Committee between 2000 and January 2004. He was also a Federal Government appointed member of the Governing Council of the National Institute of Nigerian Languages (NINLAN), Aba. Prof. Rasheed had also served at different times as a Member of the Governing Council of the following Universities: Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, University of Jos, Kaduna State University, Kaduna and Jigawa State University Implementation Committee (2010 and 2011).

Professor Rasheed has also served as a member of the panel of Judges of Nigeria Prize for Literature sponsored by the NLNG. He also served as Chairman of the Technical Advisory Group for the ETF Book Development Project.  Since 2013, he had been a member and Technical Consultant to the Implementation Monitoring Committee on the Needs Assessment of Nigerian Public Universities.

An Author of several peer reviewed journal articles and technical reports,  Adamu Abubakar Rasheed was promoted to the rank of Professor of English in October 2001.  He also holds the prestigious title of member of the National Institute (mni) and holds the prestigious national honour: Member of the Federal Republic (MFR). He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), Institute of Corporate Administrators (FICA) and Institute of Corporate Executive of Nigeria (FICEN) as well as Linguistic Association of Nigeria (FLAN).

Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed was appointed as the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) by President Mohammed Buhari in August 2016.