The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) has given a good account of herself as a Centre of Excellence by showcasing her impact in the educational advancement and socio, economic development of Africa at the just concluded Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) Workshop in Djibouti, Djibouti, East Africa.
FUNAAB made her presence felt as the Vice-Chancellor of University of Djibouti, Djibouti, Professor Djama Hassan Mohammed declared that despite all odds the continent of Africa is making progress.
About 450 Higher Education stakeholders representing over 30 nationalities had converged in Djibouti for a string of meetings under the banner of Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence (ACE) Projects from February 18 to 26 to appraise the past, dissect the present and project into the future of Higher Education in Africa.
FUNAAB was not left out, it was ably represented by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kolawole Salako, Director CEADESE, Professor Kayode Akinyemi, Deputy Director of CEADESE, Dr. A. Fafiolu, Dr. I. O. Osunsina and Director ICTREC, Professor A.A.A. Agboola.
Showcasing the University in a nutshell to the scores of participants, the Director of CEADESE, Professor Akinyemi identified key areas that make FUNAAB a destination point and port of excellence in Africa and diaspora.
According to him, they include, steady increase in the attraction of foreign students to the University; attraction of Ph.D students and increase in quantity and quality of undergraduate students.
Others revolve around fund generation, mounting of short term courses, breakthroughs in research, linkages and partnership, as well as capacity building.
Earlier in his remark, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Djibouti, Djibouti, East Africa, Professor Djama called for strong bonds of collaboration among stakeholders under the aegis of Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE).
The host Vice-Chancellor expressed the need for Universities to actively mentor their students and to also expose them to quality research while equally allowing them to explore new frontiers of knowledge.