UI: MAKING CONCERTED EFFORTS TOWARDS DEEPENING HER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AND OUTPUTS – VC
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. K. O. Adebowale has affirmed that the University is making concerted efforts towards deepening her research activities and outputs as well as enhancing its impact on the society.
This statement was made while the Vice Chancellor received the Consul – General/Head of Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria, Dr Bernd von Munchow-Pohl in his office recently.
While alluding to the generosity and support of the German government to the University in the past and acknowledging the existence of a long standing and cordial relationship between the two bodies, he appreciated the German government for its contribution to the body of research in the University of Ibadan. He also appreciated the German government for facilitating other German based grants for scholars and researchers in the University of Ibadan.
Prof Adebowale observed that there could not have been a better time to explore further research collaboration opportunities between the two entities, than at a time when the University is making concerted efforts towards deepening its research mandate /programmes. He appealed to the Consul-General to assist in ensuring prompt actions by the Consulate Office for researchers who want to travel to Germany for scholarship purposes as it would further enhance the collaborative research efforts.
Identifying some of the challenges the University is currently facing as irregular energy supply and lack of State-of-the-Art research equipment, Prof Adebowale sought for the intervention of the German government, especially with the former, which it had previously embarked upon.
Speaking earlier, the German Consul-General who was visiting the University of Ibadan for the first time in that capacity noted that it had always been his priority to visit the University. This, he stated was not only because of University’s position as the oldest and biggest in Nigeria, but particularly because of the great number of the German academic exchange programmes among its faculty, one of whom is the Vice Chancellor, Prof. K.O. Adebowale.
Dr Muncho-Pohl who was in the University to strengthen and explore possibilities for further research collaborations with the Universities stated that this would further strengthen bilateral relations between Germany and Nigeria.
He revealed that his visit to the Vice Chancellor would be followed by meetings and discussions with faculty members of the University, including those from the Department of Modern European Languages department, which is one of only two such departments in Nigeria, which teaches German language. He stated that the meetings are in furtherance of his mission to the University.
The Consul-General also promised to look into the appeals made by the Vice Chancellor for the possibilities of intervention by his government.
Present at the Courtesy visit were the Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) (Administration), Prof. E.O. Ayoola, DVC (Academics), Prof. Aderonke Bayeroju, Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi O. Faluyi, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Olatunji Oyesile, Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Prof J.O. Olopade from the faculty of Veterinary medicine. Also present from the Department of Modern European Languages, UI were Prof R.O. Sanusi, Dr. J.N. Eke and Mr O. Okuseinde. Others include the Deputy Registrar, (Vice Chancellor’s office), Mrs Morenike Afolabi and the Public Relations Officer, Mrs Adejoke Akinpelu.