SHOWCASING GHENT UNIVERSITY RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN NIGERIA: BELGIAN INSTITUTION SEEK COLLABORATION WITH TETFUND AND NUC IN ABUJA-NIGERIA
The Kingdom of Belgium is a respected country in Europe, sophisticated, industrialized and one with a commendable high standard of living. The quality, safety/security, enlightenment and comfortability of citizenry, inhabitants and visitors lives remain sacrosanct in governance and government priorities. Top among the list of these concerns is education. In the continent , Belgium boasts of qualitative educational institutions, conducive pedagogic environments, and sound academic excellence at all levels. As a country of compassion and humanitarian provision broadly known and revered and across the globe, Belgium ensures that not only its citizen, but other non- citizens across the world enjoys improved educational acquirement and provisions.
The country through various educational platforms rolls our beneficial programmes to willing and qualified applicants/students of deserving nations. Towards these realizations, the University of Gent, a prestigious global Ivy Tower, a prominent, university and cultural city in is seeking development partnership platform with Nigeria to help in the growth of education through research.
The reachout through a one-day Education Fair held at the National Universities Commission, Abuja was informative and enlightening. The University seek collaboration with Nigerian universities on research development towards helping to identify the country’s challenges and proffering solutions in solving them. The director of Internationalisation, Ghent University, Prof. Guido Van Huylenbroeck. Said “Ghent University, Belgium, is a top 100 university with very good knowledge in a number of fields, which can be applied to problems here in Nigeria.’’
Huylenbroeck highlighted the university on yearly basis received over 60 Nigerian students in its university who had distinguished themselves in various field, hence the need for collaboration to have more potential Nigerians to study in Ghent.
He said that the university scholarship opportunities is usually limited and highly competitive due to the number of applications it receives but stressed that it would work with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on areas they could come in to accommodate more Nigerians.
Furthermore, Huylenbroeck believes Nigeria has the human resource potential. For him, there are lots of talented young researchers in Nigeria but which have not always been accessed to research facilities, adequate capacity building and conducive research environment. He therefore beckons on Government institutions, individuals, research labs and groups for solid collaboration and partnership with the university in order Educate, train young students & scientists conduct research and develop innovative technologies.
According to the erudite don “We have our own research fund which we give annually; about 15 scholarships, but these scholarships are highly competitive because we focused on virtually all African countries except two.” He further stressed that due to language differences the university only accept graduate students and PhD students as all undergraduate courses are taught in Dutch language.
The event featured presentation from Ghent University research groups (MYTOX-SOUTH. Plant B&B, CESSMIR, Ghent University & Africa platform Ghent University Association, and Ghent University alumni in Nigeria.
Ghent University alumni representatives in Nigeria: Dr. Jibril Mohammed and Dr. Cynthia Aadaku Chilaka were present at the event and shared amazing testimonies about their moments and time spent at the university and urged Nigerians to seize this opportunity to study at one of the best citadel of learning.
Acclaim Nigeria International Magazine (ANIM), was there and covered the event.