TETFund Gives N12bn Grant To 12 Universities To Pioneer Researches

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has recruited 12 Nigerian universities as pioneer centers of excellence to spearhead research and development programs that would contribute to national growth.

Universities include the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), the University of Benin (UNIBEN), the University of Ibadan (UI), the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAD), the Bayero Kano University (BUK), the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) , Akwa, University of Uyo (UNIUYO) and Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

The others are Jos University (UNIJOS), Lagos University (UNILAG), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), and Uthman Danfodio University, Sokoto.

TETFund Executive Secretary Professor Suleiman Bogoro, who presented letters of assignment and guidelines to vice chancellors of universities, said The Federal Government graciously approved N1billion as a take-off grant for each of the universities, for a total of N12billion.

Professor Bogoro said the goal of establishing centers of excellence is to support strategic and application-oriented research and expertise with potential industrial applications.

He said universities are also expected to pool the complementary resources necessary for technical development and industrial application.

According to him, “this includes concentrating multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and translational research competence to promote the development of products, processes and services, usually by focusing on problems that require greater efforts than smaller projects can provide.”

“Close the gap between researchers and users, stimulating and strengthening triple helix relationships. This is to enhance industry-sponsored scientific research and to make tertiary education institutions in general more responsive to the needs of the industry, ” said Professor Suleiman Bogoro.

“In addition, there is development of experience and training at the doctoral level in areas of interest in the industry, and the development of knowledge management platforms and innovation centers,” stated Bogoro in the terms of reference.

The terms of reference state that within a period of five years, the University of Abuja is expected to lead the way as the center of excellence in public governance and leadership.

Additionally, Jos University and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University are expected to conduct research on food safety, while Maiduguri University would focus on arid zone research and development and Usman Dan Fodio Sokoto University would focus on urology and nephrology.

While Bayero Kano University would focus on renewable energy, Micheal Okpara University would focus on root crop research and development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University would focus on agricultural and engineering translational studies.

Others are the University of Benin, aquaculture and food technology, the University of Uyo, in computational intelligence, the University of Ibadan, in multidisciplinary studies, and the University of Lagos in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management.

Source: – Daily Confidence