Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Nairobi, Kenya, have agreed to collaborate for joint research activities, and exchange of scholars, as well as students both undergraduate and postgraduate.
The agreement was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
This was according to a statement by the ABU’s Director, Directorate of Public Affairs, Auwal Umar, obtained on Wednesday.
The MoU is for five years, and it shall be governed by Nigerian and Kenyan laws subject to national and international jurisdictions.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, signed the MoU on behalf of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, while the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, Prof. Stephen Kiama, stood in for the Kenyan university.
The main objective of the MoU is to provide directly or in collaboration with other institutions’ facilities for university education, including technological, and professional education, research, transmission of knowledge and the stimulation of intellectual life and cultural development.
Other areas of collaboration as captured in the MoU include joint proposals for solicitation of funding and exchange of information as well as documentation both written and electronic.
Both institutions also agreed on the use of each other’s facilities subject to adequate prior notice, convenience and availability, as well as the exchange of faculty members in the field of mutual interests and on terms to be agreed.
In addition, the MoU seeks collaboration in joint research and publications, academic writing, alumni relations, partnerships and stakeholder engagements.
The two African universities will engage in capacity building through exchange programmes, research output, and short courses.
This is in addition to the exchange of academic data and information, as well as the joint organisation of scientific meetings such as seminars, conferences, colloquiums, and workshops.
Both parties further agreed to jointly solicit funds, including donor funds, research grants, contributions, subscriptions and such related funds for the purpose of realizing any or all the objectives of the collaboration.
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