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European Union to collaborate with FUNAAB on programmes


Prof Olusola-Oyewole

Professor Olusola Oyewole

School gets 22 new profs, 18 readers, promotes 658
The Deputy Head, European Union (EU) in Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr. Richard Young, says the body was set to collaborate with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), in three important areas, namely: Tuning, Horizon 2020 and the Erasmus plus programmes.

Speaking at a meeting with the vice chancellor of FUNAAB, Professor Olusola Oyewole, Young, who is also an EU minister said the three programmes exist in terms of collaboration, and one of them- the tuning programme, focuses not on educational systems, but on structures with emphasis on the subject area level, that is, the content of studies, adding that educational systems were primarily responsibilities of governments, while contents of educational programmes were that of higher educational institutions and their academic staff.

He added that the name, tuning, was chosen so as to reflect the idea that universities do not have uniform degree programmes.
He lauded the vice chancellor for being active in running the tuning programme, which he said has recorded huge successes.

Young added that the Horizon 2020 programme was designed to promote academic research collaboration with Europe and other countries, stressing that EU would help to achieve this by emphasising excellent science, industrial leadership in tackling societal challenges.

He added that one of the most important goals of the programme was to ensure that world-class scientists are produced and barriers to innovation removed while it would also become easier for the public and private sectors to work together.

The third programme, formerly known as Erasmus Mundus, now rebranded as Erasmus Plus, he explained, allows higher education institutions in Europe and Nigeria to collaborate, with a view to boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems.

According to him, once the collaboration framework was put in place, it would enable affected students to participate in joint master’s degree programme in Europe, while staff would benefit from capacity building programmes.

In a related development, the governing council of the institution at its 84th and 85th meeting approved the promotion of a total of 698 staff members of university.
A breakdown shows that 102 academic and 596 non-teaching staff were elevated. A total of 22 of the academic staff are professors, while 18 are readers.

The professors and readers were promoted having attained the required number of publications in reputable journals, aside having acquired the statutory numbers of years in service, while the non-teaching Staff were also promoted having satisfied the conditions of merit for the next grades, including the statutory numbers of years on the cadre, with requisite qualifications.

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