COURTESY VISIT TO THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES BY DR. FRANCIS NSENGIYUMVA FROM RWANDA
Dr. Francis Nsengiyumva from Rwanda visited the Office of International Programmes in company of Professor B.I.O. Dahunsi, Head, Department of Civil Engineering and Dr. Folake Akintayo from the same department on Monday, 21 June, 2021.
They were duly received by the Director, Office of International Programmes (OIP); Professor Ayotola Aremu and Mrs. Patricia Afolabi (OIP).
Dr. Nsengiyumva's visit was due to the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between University of Ibadan and Institut D Enseignement Superior De Ruhengeri (INES- Ruhengeri, Rwanda) which was signed in January, 2020.
He gave an overview of the ongoing project titled, “Strengthening Academic Industry Linkage and Research Space in the Area of Civil Engineering for Food Security in the Sub-Saharan Africa” (SPICE - Africa Project). He also mentioned that University of Ibadan is a key collaborator in the project, together with University of Botswana, Catholic University of Cameroon, Cameroon the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and INES, the lead partner.
In his Speech, Dr. Francis Nsengiyumva identified the benefits accruing to the University of Ibadan as a result of the collaboration as; strengthening the linkage between academics and civil engineering industries within the partner universities; improving the quality of teaching and learning civil engineering courses within the partner universities; creating internship opportunities for students of the partner institution;, organizing workshops and international conferences within the consortium, and enabling academic staff and students within the partner universities to carry out research visits to other research-led institutions.
In her remarks, Professor Ayotola Aremu, Director Office of International Programmes (OIP), expressed her delight at the potential positive impact expected from the partnership and assured him of the full support of the OIP and the University of Ibadan at large.
The meeting ended with a group photograph of all attendees.