ACE Provost tasks Nigerian scholars on global outreach, intellectual development

The Provost, Adeyemi College of Education, (ACE) Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, has urged Nigerian scholars to seek constantly for global outreach and intellectual development, in order to enhance their career.

Prof. Ogen gave the advice in an address delivered on Tuesday, September 20, 2015 at a workshop  organised with the Theme: “Writing Research proposals for Fellowship and Grants” sponsored by the United Kingdom/Economic and Social Research Council (UK/E.S.R.C) held at the Management Information System (MIS) building in the institution.

Stressing the importance of international collaboration in knowledge transfer, the Provost said through participation in seminars and conferences outside the frontiers of their institutions, Nigerian scholars would be able to acquire knowledge and gain exposure, that would place them in good position to compete favourably with their peers in all part of the world, which would further give them global recognition.

While harping on the need for government at all levels to place more emphasis on intellectual rather than aesthetic development of institutions, Ogen said through this step, opportunities would be created for the production of critical mass of high profile scholars that would make more contributions to the development of the country.

He stressed the need for Nigerian institutions to keep abreast of global trends stating that institutions in the 21st century are defined not only by physical attributes but international presence, competitiveness and global recognition.

 He described the theme of the workshop as apt and lauded its organisers and the UK/ESRC for given the institution the opportunity to host it.

Earlier in his welcome address, The Dean, Chairman, Committee of Deans, School of Arts and Social Sciences, ACE, Dr. Gbade Ikuejube described the workshop as landmark achievement and first of its kind in the history of the institution.

He commended members of the Local organising committee charged with the organisation of the workshop and expressed appreciation to the College Management under the Leadership of Prof. Ogen for providing all necessary support required for the success of the programme.

While expressing optimism of immense benefits that would accrue to participants from the workshop, Dr. Ikuejube described the team of resource persons contacted to handle various topics during the two-day programme as seasoned and experienced scholars, who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field and earned global recognition.

Also speaking, Dr. Insa Nolte, a researcher and history lecturer in the Department of History, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, said the programme sponsored by UK/E.S.R.C was aimed at developing the skills and proficiency of scholars in Nigeria institutions, in order to enable them compete and engage with their contemporaries in other part of the world.

She stressed the need for effective collaboration between scholars in institutions of higher learning with their oversea’s counterpart stating that knowledge transfer could better be achieved with international collaboration and mutual engagements.

The two-day programme featured presentation of papers on various topics which include: “An overview of available national and international grants and fellowship programmes,” “Applying for and winning the George Forster/AVH Fellowships; “Applying for and winning the Cadbury and AHP-ACLS fellowships as well as “Applying for and winning the Leventis fellowship.

The resource persons were, Prof. Niyi Okunoye, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Prof. C.O Adebooye, Osun State University Osogbo; Dr. Rotimi Fasan, Osun State University, Osogbo and Dr. Rasheed Olaniyi, University of Ibadan.

The programme attended by principal Officers of the institution including the College Registrar, Mr. Felix Aderinboye; Bursar, Mr Ganiyu Abdul; Acting College Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi, Deans and Directors, and staff climaxed with group discussions on Research writing proposals.