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KWASU to develop MoU with University of Georgia

As part of its capacity building initiatives, the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, is to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA), United States of America (USA).
The MoU is expected to cover areas of mutual benefits between the two institutions.
Speaking during a courtesy call on KWASU Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, on Friday, July 31, 2015, the Director, African Studies Institute, UGA, Dr. Akinloye Ojo, said the initiative was borne out of the two universities’ commitment to expanding the frontiers of knowledge through such partnership.
Dr. Ojo, who was on a working visit to KWASU, identified areas of collaboration with the University to include publication sharing, exchange of faculty/visiting scholarship, teaching and research in the fields of Islamic Studies and Linguistics, among others.
He therefore praised the Vice-Chancellor for building the Institution on strong foundation. “It is not oftentimes that the Diaspora gets this kind of representation. The impact you have been making has really encouraged all of us that thinking about home is not a wasted effort,’’ he stated.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor reiterated the Institution’s commitment to the MoU, stressing that no stone would be left unturned to ensure its success.
He added that the MoU should include joint research, student exchange programme, grants and other areas of mutual benefits.
Prof. Na’Allah pointed out that as a research-intensive University, all hands must be on deck to make KWASU achieve its set goals, stressing that the University must not allow its current challenges to draw it back, and that the Institution’s Management remained committed to staff and students’ welfare.
The Vice Chancellor also noted that he had set up a Think Tank headed by the Dean of the School of Allied Health and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Henry Sawyerr, to ensure that the Institution comes out stronger from its challenges.
Earlier, the Coordinator to the Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Professor Sulaiman Jamiu, had given insights into the genesis of the MoU between the two universities.
Professor Jamiu, who is also the Head, Department of Islamic, Christian and Comparative Religious Studies, stated that the process started in 2012 when the UGA’s African Studies Institute organised its first International Conference.
According to him, Dr. Lydia Akande of his department and himself played significant role at the conference.
This he said prompted the collaboration drive and the subsequent invitation of Dr. Akande as a Visiting Scholar to the University’s Department of Religion and African Studies Institute between January and May, 2015.
He noted that the scholar’s contributions during the visit further strengthened the partnership drive.

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