THE FRENCH EMBASSY PARTNERS WITH UI TO PROMOTE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION.
The French Embassy in Nigeria has donated a Fabrication Laboratory (FABLAB) to the University of Ibadan, towards enhancing innovation and creativity in the University.
Speaking at the occasion of the inauguration of the Laboratory, the Ambassador of France in Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasquier reiterated the French Embassy's commitment to continued partnership with a top University like UI in enhancing research and development in the country.
He stated that the 3D printer laboratory is expected to serve as a hub for innovation and creativity among students of Engineering and other disciplines in the University, towards promoting growth and development in the nation.
While acknowledging the long years of fruitful collaboration of the French Embassy with the University of Ibadan, Mr Pasquier expressed great optimism that the University will effectively and efficiently utilize the FABLAB, based on its track records.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, FAS, in his own address, appreciated the French Embassy in Nigeria for its continuous support to the University of Ibadan, and for being one of the most active partners of the Institution. He particularly appreciated the Embassy for the FABLAB, stating that it would reposition the University towards meeting societal needs.
He stated that structures have already been put in place to ensure an effective and judicious use of the Laboratory. In his words, "Through the laboratory, UI will collaborate with innovators in other Universities, and FABLABs within and outside Nigeria. It promises to be a place where cutting edge innovations will be taking place very shortly".
He further appreciated the French Embassy, for also training 3 of the FABLAB managers for smooth and effective take off and services.
On the visit with the French Ambassador were the Consular General of France to Nigeria, Mrs Monmayrant Lawrence, the Counselor, Corporate and Cultural Affairs, Mr Pont Rafael, the Deputy Director, French Institute for Research in Africa, Dr Mangralo Cyrielle, the French embassy Science and Higher education attache, Prof. Mathieu Leila and the lead consultant on FABLAB, MR antonin Devillers.
Also present at the event are stakeholders from UI, including the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof Adebola Ekanola, the Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi, the Provost, College of Medicine, Prof. Olayinka Omigbodun, Provost, Postgraduate College, Prof. Jonathan Babalola, Deputy Provost, College of Medicine, Prof. Fatai Adeniyi, Dean's and Directors of Centres and Institutes among others.