TETFUND Board approves increase of national research fund to N8.5 billion in 2021

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The board also announced a total of N5 billion in special intervention to the University of Lagos, UNILAG, to be captured in the 2021 budget.

Chairman, TETFund Board of Trustees, Alhaji Kashim Imam, who made the disclosure at a 2-day capacity building workshop for heads of beneficiary institutions and staff of TETFund.

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The centres of excellence, in Abuja, said the intervention to UNILAG, which was on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, was also carried out in the University of Abuja in 2020.

 

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro, said the TETFund centres of excellence project is, at the first instance, a zonal tertiary education project designed to promote specialisation among participating universities

 

within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM, Agriculture and Health areas, among others.

 

Bogoro said the project is geared towards addressing identified national development challenges, as well as strengthening the capacities of beneficiary universities to deliver high-quality training and applied research.

 

Earlier, the Director of R&D and TETFund Centres of Excellence, Salihu Bakare, said TETFund’s international profile has risen significantly as other countries like Ghana and Tanzania have come to understudy it and implement their own versions back home.

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According to him, Nigerian universities must cease to be local universities, attract foreign students and compete favourably with any university in the world.

 

The workshop was aimed at equipping participants with the information, knowledge and skills in administering the TETFund centres of excellence

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