ByÂ Anayo Okoli
Umudikeâ€”THE Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Professor Ikenna Onyido has called for the establishment of a National Science Foundation as a way of moving Nigeria forward in its quest for technological development.
According to Professor Onyido, who spoke at the 2009 African University Day, the foundation would encourage research works in the universities to enhance the development of the nation.
Onyido identified lack of trust and suspicion between university and the industry as a major factor hindering effective collaboration between them.
The Vice Chancellor explained that there was the need forÂ strong linkage and collaboration between university and the industry, which he said will contribute to the economic and technological development of the country.
In a paper presented by Professor Christian Onyenweaku, to mark the day, he stressed the need for university and the industry to establish linkage. He also suggested strategies for improving university/industry linkage, which include the establishment of a coordinating centre for university/industry linkages, incorporation of university-industry linkage in the mission of universities, among others.