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Royal reunions strengthen University of Dundee’s Nigerian links

Staff from a leading Scottish university were treated to a royal welcome as they met with two esteemed Nigerian graduates.

Representatives from the University of Dundee met with His Royal Highness, the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, and His Royal Highness, the Emir of Bakura, Alhaji Bello Muhammad Sani, both of whom are graduates of Dundee, as part of continuing engagement with the University’s extensive graduate community in the country.

The Emir of Keffi graduated from the University in 2004, receiving a Master of Law LLM Degree, while the Emir of Bakura obtained his Master of Science from Dundee in 1977.

Meetings also took place between representatives from Dundee and counterparts from Nasarawa State University with a view to establishing ties between the two institutions.

Overwhelmed by the warm welcome they received from their distinguished hosts, Professor Peter McEleavy from the University of Dundee said, “Engaging with Alumni is a central part of my role as the University’s Academic Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. However, this was the first time I have been received at a Royal Palace and welcomed by a traditional horn player, drums and singers.

 

From Left to Right
Waziri of Keffi, Dr Garba Malumfashi (graduate), Chief Madaki O. Ameh (graduate), Safiya Mukhtar (graduate), Mhari MacDonald-Marketing & Communications Manager University of Dundee, Professor Raphael Heffron-Professor in Global Energy Law & Sustainability CEPMLP University of Dundee, Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, Ifeanyi Aloh (graduate), Professor Peter McEleavy-Associate Dean International, University of Dundee, Bitrus J. Bulama (graduate), Charles Opara (graduate), Moshood Yusuf, Abdulhadi Attah Abdullahi (graduate)
Sitting (left to right):
Professor Peter McEleavy, Associate Dean International, Univeristy of Dundee
Emir of Bakura, Alhaji Bello Muhammad Sani
Professor Raphael Heffron, Professor in Global Energy Law & Sustainability, CEPMLP, University of Dundee
Standing (left to right): Hannatu Kwabe (graduate), Moshood Yusuf (graduate), Charles Opara (graduate), Chief Madaki O. Ameh (graduate), Abdulhadi Attah Abdullahi (graduate)
Grace Dauda (graduate), Mhari MacDonald Marketing & Communications Manager, University of Dundee
Dr Garba Malumfashi (graduate), Bitrus J. Bulama (graduate), Safiya Mukhtar (graduate)

 

“His Royal Highness Dr Shehu Chindo Yamusa III was a most gracious and welcoming host. He explained the Keffi Emirate’s historical ties to Scotland and affirmed his desire to promote the University of Dundee in Nasarawa State. We were delighted when he accompanied us to Nasarawa State University, of which he is Chancellor, and where productive discussions began with the institution’s senior management team.”

The University of Dundee already enjoys a strong relationship with Nigeria, with almost 150 students currently studying in what is known as Scotland’s sunniest city. Dundee has become a popular destination for Nigerian students, offering high-quality courses relating to the country’s oil and gas sector, as well as business, engineering and law.

Professor Raphael Heffron, a second member of the visiting Dundee team from the University’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, added, “These visits were highlights of our visit to this amazing country. It was truly an honour to meet the Emir of Keffi and to hear his support of Dundee’s Nigerian Alumni network, and we look forward to further developing our relationship with students from Nigeria.”

 

For information about studying at the University of Dundee:

 

Visit:  join.dundee.ac.uk/emr

 

Or contact the University of Dundee’s West Africa Recruitment Officer, Maria Ojehseme, on 08175133447, email: m.z.ojehseme@dundee.ac.uk

 

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