Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria has unveiled its plan to regain its position in research and development through its recently inaugurated Central Research Office.
According to a statement made available to reporters on Thursday, OAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Adebayo Bamiré revealed this during the inauguration of six Central Research Office committees at the African Center Park. of Excellence, OUA, Ile-Ife .
He said: “Our strategy is to drive an inclusive working system between all stakeholders in the academic field. The university system can only grow through the selfless efforts of like-minded men and women with a common will and passion for institutional development.
“I thank everyone present for offering to volunteer on a committee or for attending on occasion despite the ongoing strike and encourage members of the University community to make suggestions on the best way to advance the university through the COR.
“The six committees inaugurated are: OAU Research Bulletin Editorial Board led by Professor Morenike Ukpong, Academic Research Seminar/Workshop Committee led by Professor Charles Ukeje, Model Harmonization Committee academics led by Dr. ET Ijisakin, the Academic Capacity Building Committee for Early Career Researchers led by Professor Joshua Aransiola, Internships and Student Engagement Committee led by Eng Temitope Ajayi, and the Committee on Harnessing Indigenous Resources to Address Infrastructural Challenges at the University led by Prof. AO Shittu.
The University’s COR Executive Director, Professor Akanni Akinyemi, said: “The purpose of the university is to promote the motto of research for development and the committees inaugurated are to drive the frontier of ‘research for development” for the university.
“It is important that all present see themselves as stakeholders who will move the university, the nation and the continent forward by raising the research profile of the university.”
The chairman of the university’s TETFund office, Prof. OO Akinlo, commended the vice-chancellor and the COR for the initiative to inaugurate committees that will conduct research and development for the university. In her address, she noted that this initiative is a much-needed new approach for the university to recover and retain its relevance in the education sector in Nigeria and globally. Professor Akinlo stressed that it is important for all categories of staff and students to work together if the university expects to have local and global impacts through research that leads to tangible development.