From MOHAMMED ABDULLAHI, Keffi

The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Prof. Mohammed Sani Haruna has stated that the collaboration between the Agency and the Memorial University Canada would ensure international best practice in the teaching of science, engineering and other related courses in Nigerian Universities.

Speaking when the Memorial University Canada offered two Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) slots to the Agency, Prof. Haruna stated that “the offer would help to develop our curriculum in areas of capacity building and to teach us how to acquire knowledge and use international best practice and methods to attend to development efforts”.

In a statement issued by the Deputy Director Information of NASENI, Mr. Olusegun Ayeoyenikan, Prof. Haruna stated that the study slots would be in specialized areas of modern engineering and technologies which are not available in Nigerian Universities.

He disclosed that there are collaborations between the two institutions, which he said included capacity building in research and development projects and programmes.

Furthermore he said, other areas of collaborations include robotics, autonomous robot control, navigate, intelligence control, multi variable control, image analysis, vision based robotic navigation among others.

The Executive Vice Chairman stated that such collaborations were the best ways towards solving the security challenges bedeviling the country and also help to boost the nation’s economy, especially that science and technology are vital key for the development of any nation.

In his remarks, the Vice President, Research, Memorial University Canada, Dr. Neil Bose stated that the reason for the visit was to see how the institution in Canada, NASENI and other Nigerian Universities would collaborate in the areas of science and technology and to carryout in-depth research in those areas directed at solving the socio-economic challenges in Nigeria.

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