The Rector of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu, Prof Austin Nweze, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi over his tremendous support to the school, which has placed the institution on global map.
Prof Nweze told newsmen in Enugu that the school recent partnership deal with the Dublin City University, Ireland, facilitated by the governor would go a long way to reposition the school.
Governor Ugwuanyi had in February 2016 led an economic mission to Dublin to explore various investment spheres during which his administration signed a MoU with the Irish university for the purpose of effecting academic engagements between the institution and Enugu State-owned tertiary institutions.
Speaking on the gains of the MoU, Prof Nweze said the academic collaboration would allow for cross-fertilization of academic ideas between the institutions, adding that both the students and staff of both institutions are now free to move into the schools for academic engagements.
He said, “We have to thank our governor for providing the connection to Dublin City University for us. This academic collaboration is what polytechnics and universities around the world should be talking about, and it is better when it is done internationally.
“The name of the institutions involved would be in the world’s academic map. For instance, IMT is now in the world academic map following that collaboration.
“That arrangement would benefit us because some of our staff and students would go to Dublin University and theirs would also come here for exchange of ideas and academic programmes. Any student who completes his programme here can go to Dublin for his post-graduate programmes,” he said.
The rector also poured encomiums on Ugwuanyi over the moves to make IMT a degree awarding institution and described the gesture as another laudable effort by the governor.