The Lagos State University (LASU) has emerged as the only state university in Nigeria amongst sixteen other Universities in the country which were selected by World Bank as a Centre of Excellence for Innovative and Transformative Education.
Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the Vice-Chancellor made this known to the general public at the maiden Long Service Award for the university’s Staff (teaching and non-teaching) who had served the university for a score and above.
He mentioned that the succeeding edition of the Long Service Award will aim at appreciating staffs of the varsity who had served for a score year and below.
543 Staff of the University were rewarded for their services and staunch support to the University at the event.
In his remarks, the VC stated that the Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) three project is targeted at supporting more policy harmonisation initiatives in higher education across the African region.
He said that LASU would get a minimum sum of $7 million as a centre for the project, which is renewable after four years following impressive output and performance.
“I will start my remark on a high note. I am proud to announce to you that LASU is now an Africa Centre of Excellence
“We were chosen from about 154 universities that applied for the centre, and after several rounds of assessments and screenings, we were selected as the only state university in the round.
“We are going to be attracting foreign students and foreign faculties; so, we cannot afford to go on strike or allow any crisis. It is not about me, it is about all of us, as LASU will become what we all make it become,” he said at the ceremony.
Fagbohun encouraged the staff to cooperate with the university management in strategically managing the institution and maintaining it when the centre of excellence commences.
The staffs are being celebrated and praised for their investment with the hope that it will be a driving force for them to do more.
The Chairman of the LASU Governing Council, Prof. Adebayo Ninalowo was also present at the event. Stating that the happenings in LASU within the past three years has changed for the better from what it used to be “as happiness is now the order of the day”
Ninalowo stated the award was geared towards celebrating hard work and motivating the staff to be more productive.
Other 16 universities selected by World Bank as a Centre of Excellence include:
ACE in ICT Driven Knowledge Park, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Centre for Oilfield Chemicals Research (CEFOR), University of Port-Harcourt; ACE for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Redeemer’s University, Ede; and ACE on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
ACE in Reproductive Health and Innovation went to the University of Benin; Centre for Dryland Agriculture, Bayero University, Kano; and Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER), Benue State University, Makurdi.
ACE in Applied Informatics and Communication was given to Covenant University, Ota; Centre for Public Health and Toxicological Research (PUTOR), University of Port Harcourt; ACE for Sustainable Power and Energy Development, University of Nigeria Nsukka.
ACE on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) was given to National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN); and ACE in Future Energies and Electrochemical Systems (ACE-FUELS), Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
The rest are ACE on New Pedagogies in Engineering Education (ACENPEE), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; ACE for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Development and Regulatory Science (ACEDRHMDRS), University of Lagos.
ACE for Mycotoxin and Food Safety was given to Federal University of Technology, Minna; and Centre for Population Health and Policy (ACEPHAP), Bayero University, Kano.
The 12 countries participating in the ACE impact project includes Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Niger, Djibouti, Guinea, Togo and Gambia.
Africa Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact), also known as ACE 3, resulted from the gains and successes recorded with ACE-1 and 2.
ACE-3 aims to work better across sectors, with more industry collaboration.
It aims to simplify the flow of funds and support more policy harmonization initiatives in higher education across the region.
According to the World Bank, the broad objective of ACE Impact is to increase the quantity, quality and development of relevant postgraduate education in selected universities through regional specialisation.