In an attempt to improve quality of research projects, developments and innovations from the teaching staff, the College Management has again sponsored five members of the academic staff to a 3-day strategic capacity building workshop organized by FAVTOMA in conjunction with NCCE at Abuja on October 16-18.
The College team was led by the Director of International Linkages and Research (IL&R), Dr. Mrs. Bridget Awosika of the school of Vocational and Technical Education. Other members of the team are Dr. Mrs Ruth Adebile (School of Education), Dr. Ajishola Omojeje (School of Arts and Social Sciences), Dr. Charles Ogazie(School of Languages) and the Acting Director of Management Information and Systems Unit, Dr. Kehinde Adenegan (School of Science).
The theme of the workshop is on writing and winning global project grants for research projects, developments and innovations. The resource persons included Engr. Prof. Azikwe Onwalu, FAVTOMA group coordinator and Director of Research in African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Dr. Josephine Ogazi-Egwuonwu, CEO Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organization, Dr. Ejike Orji and Kingsley Ogwudu.
The workshop exposed participants to the intrigues of writing good proposals that can win global grants, research development innovations, challenges of attracting funds, infrastructural requirements for research grants, understanding donor community funding agencies and their implementation strategies, global research networks,sourcing information on Grant announcements, national funding agencies, financial institutions and international development partners such as NITDA, NDDC, ministries, Banks, world organizations that give grants such as USAID, UNICEF, UNESCO, EU, DFID, UNDP MacArthur foundation, Dangote foundation, Danjuma foundation, MTN, Glo etc.
The workshop was earlier declared open by the Executive Secretary of NCCE ably represented by Chief Ugwanyi, one of our College governing council members. In his words, he enjoined participants to utilize the opportunity of the training.
Meanwhile, our College was also represented at similar workshop that was held at the University of Medical Sciences in Ondo city last year. Consequently, we had taken step earlier then to have a formidable research team that competed for the MacArthur $100M late last year. Even though, we were not selected, it was a prestigious thing to be named as participant in such a highly competitive Grant.
Conclusively, the College team to the workshop had planned as recommended in the report to the Management to hold similar workshop in the College to train other members of staff.