By Ikenna Asomba
The Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, recently took another leap forward in the quest by African countries for specialised technical know-how in space technology when its management team, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Regional Centre for Space Sciences and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTE-E), an affiliate of the United Nations.
Under the terms of the agreement, FUTA, through its Centre for Space Research and Application (CESRA), will run a postgraduate programme leading to the award of Master’s degree in Space studies and related fields for ARCSSTE-E- sponsored students.
Welcoming the ARCSSTE-E team, the Director, CESRA, Professor Moses Ajewole said the essence of the meeting was to sign the MoU that would invest FUTA-CESRA with the mandate to undertake the master’s programme under the aegis of ARCSSTE-E.
This, according to him, was a fall out of a meeting held between ARCSSTE-E, CESRA and the School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS) for a proposal to start the master’s programme.
Addressing the gathering, ARCSSTE-E’s Executive Director and team leader, Professor Joseph Akinyede expressed his delight in the signing of the MoU. He said; “This is an epoch-making event because it is the first time ARCSSTE-E is advancing into the master’s programme to develop indigenous capacity. FUTA has potential for greatness and it is being actualised and by your antecedents, we know you will deliver to our satisfaction, and we are proud to be part of FUTA.”
Describing the event as epochal, Professor Daramola said “today is remarkable because CESRA is upgrading its relationship with ARCSSTE-E to train post-graduate candidates leading to the award of master’s degree.
“This situates very well with our vision in FUTA to move beyond the best University of Technology in Nigeria to a renowned University continentally and globally.”