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KUST, Al-Istiqama varsity partner to strengthen linkages, bridge manpower gap

By Guardian Nigeria
08 April 2022   |   2:51 am
Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil, yesterday pledged to strengthen partnership and scholarship with Al-Istiqama University

Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST)

Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil, yesterday pledged to strengthen partnership and scholarship with Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila.

The Vice-Chancellor, KUST, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa, gave the assurance when he received the management of the new private university, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Salisu Shehu, on a courtesy visit to Wudil.

According to Professor Musa, KUST is prepared to support the young university in the area of academic development through staff exchange and support programs as well as manpower capacity building.

The vice-chancellor reminded that KUST has the obligation as a sister university to render all necessary technical support and lineage to Al-Istiqama because of the neighbourliness of the two sister citadels of learning.

He had raised concern over the wide gap between the southern and northern parts of the country, especially in the area of access to tertiary education, largely due to acute shortage and poor investment in private universities in the North.

The VC, who applauded the foresight and courage of the former senior special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, on legislative matters, Dr. Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, founder of Al-Istiqama university, Kano, reiterated readiness to build a sustainable relationship with the university.

“Let me assure you that KUST is ready to support Al-Istiqama in all areas of interest that could build sustainable development and academic excellence. We are ready to sign an agreement with you for staff and programme exchange, perhaps in form of part-time, leave without pay, sabbatical and other related.

“We would not hesitate because we consider it an an obligation to support you in research proposals, conferences, seminars, manpower support, and staff training. If you are also looking in the direction of postgraduate training for your staff, KUST has 58 postgraduate programmes to build your manpower.

“We started in two academic programmes with 91 students in 2001, today, I am here to inform you that KUST has 20, 836 students running 58 postgraduate and 47 undergraduate programmes. All our academic programmes have 100 per cent accreditation,” Professor Musa.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Al-Istiqama university, Professor Shehu had disclosed that the newly licensed private university commenced full academic session in October 2021 with over 300 undergraduate students and about 119 enrollees of the IJMB programme, all accommodated in the university’s hostels.

He said Al-Istiqama is looking forward to joint conferences, seminar and workshops to build academic and community service.

“As sister university, we share the same goals, that is why we decided to seek partnership and collaboration in several areas of interest. We are here for good neighbourliness, as the closest neighbour. We feel and believed being neighbours alone is a good opportunity we must not take for granted.

“As a young citadel of learning, we are struggling to grow, and learning the rope through a senior university is more than necessary. We are more concerned in the area of staff training and development, research development, joint conferences, seminar, workshop, and conferences,” Shehu said.