The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), has enlisted 12 Nigerian universities as pioneer centres of excellence to spearhead analysis and improvement program that will contribute to nationwide progress.
The universities embody University of Abuja(UNIABUJA), University of Benin(UNIBEN), University of Ibadan (UI), University of Maiduguri (UNIMAD), Bayero University Kano (BUK), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Akwa, University of Uyo (UNIUYO), and the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.
The others are University of Jos (UNIJOS), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and Uthman Danfodio University, Sokoto.
TETFund Executive Secretary, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro presenting allocation letters and pointers to Vice-Chancellors of the colleges, mentioned the Federal Government graciously authorized N1billion as take-off grant for every of the colleges, totalling N12billion.
Prof. Bogoro mentioned the goal for establishing the centres of excellence is to assist strategic and application-oriented analysis and experience with potential industrial purposes.
He mentioned the colleges are additionally anticipated to deliver collectively the complementary assets wanted for technical improvement and industrial utility.
According to him:- “This consists of concentrating multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and translational analysis competence with the intention to additional the event of merchandise, processes and providers, sometimes by specializing in issues that demand bigger efforts than will be offered by smaller initiatives.’’
“Bridging the hole between researchers and customers, stimulating and strengthening triple-helix relationships. This is with the intention to improve scientific analysis being patronized by business, and with the intention to make the tertiary academic establishments typically extra attentive to business wants,’’ Prof. Suleiman Bogoro mentioned.
“In addition is experience improvement and coaching at doctorate degree in areas of business interest, and the event of information administration platforms and innovation hubs, “Bogoro said within the phrases of reference.
The phrases of reference state that inside a 5 12 months interval, the University of Abuja is predicted to blaze the path because the centre of excellence in public governance and management.
Also, the University of Jos and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University are anticipated to churn out analysis in things to eat safety, whereas the University of Maiduguri would give attention to arid zone analysis and improvement and Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto to focus on urology and nephrology.
While, Bayero University Kano would give attention to renewable vitality, Micheal Okpara University to give attention to root crop analysis and improvement, Nnamdi Azikiwe University to dwell on agricultural and engineering translational research.
Others are University of Benin, aquaculture and things to eat expertise, University of Uyo, in computational intelligence, University of Ibadan, in multi-disciplinary research and the University of Lagos in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem administration.