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Africa’s varsities must compete globally


No fewer than 800 leaders from around the world today attended the opening of Going Global 2016, the world’s largest education conference, organised by the British Council, taking place in Africa for the first time, have said that Africa must become a producer of globally respected knowledge.

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BUK taking local content to a different level

It is said that you use what you have to get what you need. Researchers at Bayero University Kano (BUK), practically demonstrated this at the 6th edition of the National Universities Research and Development Fair (NURESDEF) held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka. In this chat with Vanguard Learning, the leader of the team, Dr Abdullahi Adamu of the Dept of Mechanical Engineering, spoke on some of their innovations. Excerpts:

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French Village unveils own anthem

THE Nigeria French Language Village, (Inter-University Centre for French Studies) Ajara, Badagry has adopted its own anthem. The anthem of the 25 years old institution was formerly unveiled recently by the Director/CEO Prof. Raufu Adebisi. The guest speaker at the occasion was Dr. Ambrose Olutayo Somide of the DAAR Communications. Music consultants for the French Village Anthem were Mr. Bode Atere former Music Instructor, Nigerian Navy School of Music and Rev. Ekpenyong Bassey of Karis Music Ministries.

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Key into Buhari’s diversification agenda —FUOYE VC

As the revenue profile of the nation continues to nose dive, Universities across the Country have been called upon to devise a means of shoring up their internally generated revenue and employment generations to complement the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Prof Kayode Soremekun, made the statement in Oye Ekiti over the weekend while inaugurating a 7-man committee for the establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University.

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We discover pathogens before they attack — Prof Happi

In handling certain diseases, it has been proved that time is of the essence. If a patient presents at the hospital early and the ailment diagnosed early, the possibility of survival is high especially in cases like cancer, Lassa fever and Ebola. So it was a great relief when Professor Christian Happi, Dean, College of Postgraduate Studies, Redeemer’s University Ede, Osun State, came up with the Lassa Fever and Ebola Virus Disease rapid diagnostic kits.

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Why secondary school leavers shun admission into polytechnics

The dichotomy between university and polytechnic graduates calls for government attention, as it appears to be one of the reasons many students are not willing to accept admission into Nigerian polytechnics.Over the years, students seeking tertiary education always wanted to attend universities. Few who are in polytechnics or have graduated from polytechnics did so as a last resort.

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LASG moves against exam malpractice

The Lagos State Government, in a bid to prevent sharp practices in public and private secondary schools in the on-going West African Senior School Certificate Examination, sent out various teams to do unscheduled visits to senior secondary schools across the state to ensure malpractice is reduced to the barest minimum.

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