*boasts of over 100 funded collaborations
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Idowu Olayinka has disclosed that the University currently has more than 100 funded research collaborations.
Professor Olayinka stated this in his virtual speech to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Research Management Office (RMO) of the institution.
The Vice Chancellor declared that University of Ibadan remains the first choice of researchers seeking collaboration from within Nigeria and those outside Nigeria working in Africa due to her frontline research profile.
Professor Olayinka while identifying funding and ICT infrastructure challenges in the management of research pointed outthat University of Ibadan has entered into partnership agreement with some companies for laboratory supplies with rebate to improve access laboratory quality and cost effective supplies
“I am happy to say that the UI RMO has been providing technical support to sister institutions to establish their research management offices across the country. Currently, it is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, research management office among the Nigeria universities, with 25 Research Administrators (RAs) and a Director.”, he said.
Professor Olayinka added, ” the RAs are constantly exposed to on-the-job trainings and workshops, locally and internationally. Because of the importance the University attaches to research,”.
” UI is the first university in Nigeria to establish the office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor,(Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships) (DVC RISP) which oversees the RMO as one of its functions to strengthen research process. The RMO has added value to the university research profile through increase in research collaborations, new research initiatives, responses to calls for proposals, improved University/Industry relationships and research uptakes.”
The Vice Chancellor maintained ” presently, more than 100 funded research collaborations are ongoing in the university. The university now has partnership agreement with some companies for laboratory supplies with rebate to improve access laboratory quality and cost effective supplies.”
The Director of UI Research Management Office (RMO), Professor Ayodele Samuel Jegede stressed that adequate funding of Research management and improved ICT infrastructure would drive development in Nigeria
Professor Jegede noted that research funding and its management must be properly organized and managed in Nigeria’s higher institutions of learning if Nigeria is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
“The importance of research in national development is widely acknowledged. Research being a major component of the role of University system places the university strategically to drive development. Therefore, the university as the incubator for research and innovation is the engine room for national development. If Nigeria will achieve the millennium Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) research must be properly organized and managed in our higher educational institutions.”