Visit of Delegation from University of Venda, Limpopo, South Africa to University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The University of Ibadan hosted two representatives of the University of Venda, Limpopo, South Africa, between 11 and 19 September 2017: Professor E. K. Klu - Vice Dean of Arts and Dr. M.T. Chauke- Head, Department of African Studies. They were officially received at the Office of International Programmes (OIP) on 12 September 2017 by the Director who introduced them to relevant faculty members in their areas of interest. The purpose of the visit was primarily to identify areas of collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, Institute of African Studies and Faculty of The Social Sciences and initiate the process of achieving the objectives of the MoU that already exists between both institutions.
While at the University of Ibadan, the delegation paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, FAS, on Wednesday, 13 September 2017, who commended the zeal of the University of Venda in driving the existing MoU between both universities. Present at the courtesy visit were the Registrar - Mr. O. I. Olujimi, Dean, Faculty of Arts - Professor Ademola O. Dasylva, Dean, Faculty of the Social Sciences - Professor A. S. Jegede, Director, Office of International Programmes, Professor A. B. Ekanola, Director, Institute of African Studies – Dr O. I. Pogoson, HOD, History - Professor C.B.N. Ogbogbo, HOD, English - Professor O. A Ogunsiji, HOD, Linguistics and African Languages - Professor D. Adeleke, Professor F.O. Egbokhare and other members of the University staff.
Between 14 and 19 September 2017, series of meetings held between the delegates from University of Venda and representatives of different departments from the faculties of Arts and The Social Sciences and the Institute of African Studies. The following are the highlights of the issues discussed:
- Improved and effective IT-driven teaching and learning methods;
- Capacity building of young academics and mentorship;
- postgraduate training
- joint supervision of graduate students
- Joint-curriculum development and programme design;
- Joint funded research;
- Staff and student-exchange;
- Summer African language programme linkages for foreign students;
- Improved content quality and local relevance of programmes; and
- Improved global visibility of research/published works
- Enhanced global competitiveness of materials and products (including, graduates of both institutions, etc.
- Documentation of Indigenous knowledge, Philosophy and African languages
- Digitalization of Indigenous African languages