Visiting Professor from Norway Interacts with Faculty and Students at The University of Ibadan
Professor Augustine Arukwe, a Professor of Biology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway was hosted by the University of Ibadan (UI) from Monday, 7 to Saturday, 19 August, 2017. He visited UI on the platform of the Global Senior Scholar Exchange Programme (GSSEP) sponsored by the Society of Toxicology, United States of America.
Upon arrival in UI, Professor Arukwe paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Adeyinka Aderinto. In attendance were, the University Librarian; Dr. Helen Komolafe, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Professor J. O. Olopade, Head, Department of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry; Dr. Olufunke Ola-Davies and the Director of the Office of International Programmes; Professor Adebola B. Ekanola. Professor Arukwe stated that he is passionate about impacting knowledge and sharing experiences with colleagues and students. According to him, his first visit to UI was in 2014 and he was excited to be back again. He commended Dr. Olufunke Ola-Davies, his collaborator on the GSSEP project, for providing the opportunity for him to do so.
While welcoming Professor Augustine Arukwe to UI, Professor Aderinto noted that his visit will inspire further interactions with colleagues not only in the field of Veterinary Medicine, but also in other relevant disciplines. Professor Aderinto added that there is the need to institutionalise the existing relationship beyond the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He therefore urged the visiting Professor to explore other areas of collaboration that would facilitate staff and student exchange as well as collaborative research activities between UI and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He concluded by assuring Professor Arukwe of the commitment of the University to an enduring and mutually beneficial relationship.
During his stay in UI, Professor Arukwe interacted with faculty and students, and facilitated a faculty lecture titled “Multiple Environmental Stressors: Integrated Approaches to Biota and Human Health Solution”. He also visited the Office of International Programmes (OIP) in the company of Professor J. O. Olopade and Dr. Olufunke Ola-Davies. The Director, Professor A. B. Ekanola welcomed Professor Arukwe to the OIP and reiterated the need to leverage on the opportunities provided by the existing relationship with him. With fourteen papers published with colleagues from UI in the area of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology, Professor Ekanola called for the expansion of his interactions with the University of Ibadan. He urged the departments in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to draw up an outline of what they can do with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, to initiate a more formal and systematic collaboration that could lead to signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. This would enhance teaching, research and community service in the two universities.