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World Bank: VC Highlights Opportunities

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The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, has charged scientists, academics, farmers and agricultural-related industries to get involved in the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) project, by making good use of the opportunities derived from the World Bank intervention programme.

Prof. Oyewole stated this during the first Stakeholder’s Meeting of the Africa Centre of Excellence, hosted by the CEADESE, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). He described the meeting as an opportunity for the stakeholders to brainstorm, plan and work together to achieve capacity building and excellence in research studies that would impact on the West African Sub-region. The Vice-Chancellor said that FUNAAB was one of the 19 African Centres of Excellence, for the attainment of excellence in teaching, learning and research in African Universities, as he noted that the project would partner experts from Universities in a…

Information, Fifth Factor of Production, Says Professor Adebayo

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With the widening gap between the industry and the university, the Director of Grants Management, Professor Kolawole Adebayo, has called for the acceptance of information as the fifth factor of agricultural production.  According to him, “There are ways that traditional economics should have improved itself longtime ago by bringing in information as a fifth factor of production. Today’s economics is telling us that without critical information, all the other factors of production cannot be harnessed at their best and optimally useful”.

Delivering a keynote speech at a 3-Day Capacity Building Workshop on Agricultural Information Systems Development, organised by the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE), Professor Adebayo said that information was the secret weapon among the factors of production and that was why the traditional economics have been silent about it, adding that what distinguishes a successful entrepreneu…

Aberdeen, Marshall Universities to Collaborate With FUNAAB

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The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom and the Marshall University, United States of America are seeking collaboration and linkage opportunities with the University. For the University of Aberdeen, the proposed collaboration in the areas of student and staff exchanges, would involve the possibility of utilising the first two years in FUNAAB and the remaining two years in Aberdeen, while carrying out joint research visits and grant application.

The Dean, Sub-saharan Africa Affairs of the University of Aberdeen, Dr. Alfred Akinsanya, said the University was established in 1495 and that graduates of the University had won Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Medicine, Physics and Peace. According to him, the University had over 16,000 students with 20 percent drawn from 120 nationalities worldwide. Dr. Akinsanya stated that the University had over 550 undergraduate and 120 Master’s degrees programmes, stating that it was one of the top 1 percent of the world's leading Universiti…

Centre of Excellence: World Bank, NUC Laud FUNAAB

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A team of experts from the World Bank and the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, have commended the activities of the University’s World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agriculture (CEADESE), a project sponsored by the World Bank. According to the Director of the Centre, Professor Okanlanwon Onagbesan, the supervisory team always visits the University, every six months, to ensure that CEADESE was doing everything rightly, as expected. The 6-man team was made up of four World Bank representatives alongside two NUC representatives.

According to Professor Onagbesan, the visiting team is “Very happy with our (CEADESE) performance. They said we are on course; that we are doing everything well. I think we would achieve our goals as an Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE)”. He said there were 10 universities in Nigeria and 23 in West Africa, designated as Africa Centres of Excellence and presently termed as ACE 1. He disclosed that the Centre was mandated to run postgraduate pr…

CEADESE Hosts NUC Accreditation Team

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The Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE), recently received a team from the National Universities Commission (NUC), to accredit the various programmes being run by the Centre. The Director of CEADESE, Professor Okanlawon Onagbesan, emphasised that this was the first time that the NUC would be conducting accreditation in science courses for postgraduate studies in FUNAAB. Professor Onagbesan said that the visit had signaled the permission by NUC for the University to award higher degrees in Food Processing and Value Addition, Agricultural Economics and Environmental Policy, Environmental Systems and Agriculture, Crop and Pasture Production and Sustainable Environment, Agricultural Mechanisation and Sustainable Environment, as well as Livestock Science and Sustainable Environment; all at Master’s (M.Ag.Se) and PhD (PhD Ag.Se) levels. The Director added that the postgraduate students, spreading across the various programmes, were happy a…

Technologists Call for Safe Laboratories

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Technologists Call for Safe Laboratories

Technologists and laboratory scientists in the University have called for safe and secured laboratories, in order to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals and avoidable accidents in the course of working. This call was madea during a one-day training workshop for alaboratory technicians and scientists, titled “New Trends in Laboratory Sazafety and Human Health,” jointly hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) and the Directorate of Technologists and Technical Staff (DITTECS) of the University.

Declaring the workshop open, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ololade Enikuomehin, regretted that many laboratories were prone to significant risks while technologists, scientists and students were more exposed to numerous risks and hazards. The Acting Vice-Chancellor, who was represented at the occasion by the Director (CEADESE), Professor Okanlawon Onagbesa\an,  listed some of such risk fac…