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French government, varsity agree to expand frontiers of collaboration



The French Government and Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, have agreed to expand the frontiers of agreement their to make it more robust, engaging and capable of affecting other areas.

The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Dennys Gauer, said recently during an official visit to the university, that the partnership, geared towards providing postgraduate scholarship opportunities to qualified academic staff of FUNAI in celebrated French universities, is a first of its kind in the Nigerian university system.

The visit afforded the French envoy the opportunity to compare notes with the institution’s management, where both parties agreed to expand the partnership to other areas, such as staff and student exchange programmes.

Welcoming the envoy, Vice Chancellor of FUNAI, Prof Chinedum Nwajiuba, noted that the visit was highly valued and would be recorded as a significant event in the history of the young university.

He commended the French Government for agreeing to partner the university in building the capacities of its academic staff, noting that it also provides opportunity to raise a new generation of quality academics who would determine the character of the university.

He said FUNAI plans to be a renowned institution known for its faculty and student diversities, adding that a critical number of staff trained in France would support its internationalisation plans.

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