Visit of Prof. B. O. Omitoyin and Prof. Oluwatoyin A. Odeku to Aleksandras Stulginskis University (ASU), Kaunas, Lithuania
VISIT OF PROF. B. O. OMITOYIN AND PROF. OLUWATOYIN A. ODEKU TO ALEKSANDRAS STULGINSKIS UNIVERSITY (ASU), KAUNAS, LITHUANIA UNDER THE STAFF MOBILITY COMPONENT OF THE ASU - UI EUROPEAN UNION ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME FROM 19 – 25 NOVEMBER 2017.
A two-person team from University of Ibadan (UI), consisting of Prof. B. O. Omitoyin and Prof. Oluwatoyin A. Odeku, arrived at Kaunas on Sunday, 19 November 2017 and was received at the ASU Guest House by Assoc. Prof. dr. Raimundas Rukuiza, the Chief Coordinator of ASU’s International Department and Institutional ERASMUS coordinator. The UI team was formally documented and introduced to their host, Assoc. Prof. dr. Rytis Skominas, the Vice- Dean Faculty of Water and Land Management at the University Administrative Office on 20 November 2017.
Outline of Activities at ASU, Kaunas.
- Interactions at the Aquaculture Unit of the Faculty of Water and Land Management, ASU. The UI team interacted and shared experiences with staff and students on ground at the Aquaculture Unit. Various aquaculture systems options for sustainable fish production were discussed. Integrated aquaculture system was suggested for ASU using some of their earthen ponds.
- The UI team held meetings with the Deans, Directors and staff of the Faculties of Agricultural Engineering; Agricultural Mechanical Engineering; Economics and Management; Institute of Energy and Biotechnology Engineering, Forest Sciences and Ecology and the Institute of Forestry Biology and Silviculture. It also inspected their lecture facilities, laboratories and teaching aids and observed teaching in a few classes.
- The team held a meeting with the Rector of ASU, Prof. dr. Antanas Maziliauskas, who solicited for further collaboration with the University of Ibadan as he recounted his previous visit to Nigeria for some projects in the recent past. He also expressed the desire to have more Nigerian students in ASU.
- The team fully participated at the 8th International Scientific Conference on “RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017: Bioeconomic challenges” from 23 – 24 November,201 Prof. B. O. Omitoyin presented a paper titled: Integration of fish, poultry and rice: the silent revolution towards improving food security in West and Central Africa. The presentation was applauded for being consistent with part of the European Commission’s 2020 Research Agenda for Lithuania as highlighted by the Commission’s Planning and Programming Officer for Research and Innovation during his presentations at the plenary session.
- The UI team met with Nigerian students in ASU who were very happy and proud to receive it. They were encouraged to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and ensure that they excel in their various studies.
Observations and Lessons Learnt from the Visit
- The University is well organised and physical infrastructure well-maintained.
- There is adequate collaboration with industries. In most instances, industries provide equipment for teaching, to enhance teaching and learning.
- Teaching methods in ASU encourages student’s participation.
- Opportunities exist for staff of UI to collaborate with their counterpart in ASU
- UI should emulate ASU by leveraging on her huge alumnus base to attract required facilities and equipment for teaching to improve the competitiveness of our graduates and enhance UI’s status a world class university.
The UI team to ASU is grateful to the Office of International Programmes, University of Ibadan and the International Department/Institutional ERASMUS Coordinating Office at ASU, Kaunas, Lithuania, for facilitating its trip. Our appreciation also goes to the European Union ERASMUS+ programme and the University of Ibadan for funding the trip. It is also grateful the staff and students of ASU with whom it interacted with during its visit for their hospitality.