Tuesday 28th March, 2017
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UNILAG ex-VC harps on improved funding for varsities

UNILAG ex-VC harps on improved funding for varsities

Former Vice Chancel­lor of University of La­gos (UNILAG), Prof Tolu Odugbemi, has said that Africa can break away from the back­waters of underdevelopment if greater attention is directed at adequate funding of universities.
Prof Odugbemi said this while presenting a paper at the second matriculation and distinguished lecture of Mountain Top Univer­sity (MTU), Ogun State, titled, “Fundamental Issues in Running a New University in Nigeria.”
He lamented that inade­quate funding of varsities has, to a great extent, hindered the progress of Science, Technolo­gy and Innovation (STI) on the continent, urging African lead­ers to ensure that universities are well-funded so as to impact pro­foundly on the quality of high­er education delivery, develop a good and well-coordinated re­search policy to be backed up by local and international research grants.
He said: “Universities are first and foremost communities of scholars and students commit­ted to the search for knowledge in specific areas. They are also centres of excellence and inno­vations, committed to knowl­edge generation (research), dissemination (teaching) and application (community ser­vice).
“But Africa is yet to witness meaningful development due to poor funding. The progress of STI on the continent has been hindered to a very large extent by underfunding of universities due to rival claims on public fi­nances. Investments in STI are key ingredients for long-term development, and they are crit­ical elements in achieving the objectives of the SDGs in Africa.
“Private organisations and governments therefore, at both the state and federal levels, must increase their spending in sci­ence and technology research­es in universities. Top graduates of these institutions must be re­tained, if Nigeria and indeed Af­rica is to become competitive in global economy. I desire to see a Nigeria that is in the forefront of scientific and technological achievements,” Odugbemi said.

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