MTN Nigeria, Pan-Atlantic Varsity launch Media Innovation Programme (MIP)

By Moyosore Salami  MTN Nigeria and Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) announced the launch of the MTN Media Innovation Programme (MTN MIP), which will be run by PAU’s School of Media and Communication (SMC). According to the MTN Nigeria, the six-month, fully funded fellowship for Nigerian media practitioners, is designed to support the sustainable development of the nation’s changing media scene. It is open to media practitioners across the spectrum, including print, electronic, online platforms and social media content creators. The MTN Nigeria CEO, Karl Toriola, said the course is designed to give…

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CALL FOR INNOVATION RESEARCH GRANTS ON RESPONSIBLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Call for Innovation Research Proposals The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM; www.ruforum.org), on behalf of the Research and Innovation Network for Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action in Africa [RESEN-RAICAIA],in partnership with West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL; www.wascal.org) and AKADEMIYA2063 (https://akademiya2063.org/ ), invites applications for innovation research proposals from eligible researchers universities and academic research institutions in Africa. The general objective of the Network is to advance climate action in Africa through the responsible development and deployment of artificial intelligence innovations.…

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Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering and FUTA set to establish welding academy

By Moyosore Salami The Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering, NIMechE is set to establish a standard Welding Academy in Ondo State in partnership with the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).  The National Chaiperson, Engr. Mrs. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, said “the welding academy is part of efforts to equip graduates with practical skills needed to compete in the industry and contribute to the national development of the country.”  She noted that the situation that enables multinational firms to import welding experts for critical projects in a country where there are thousands…

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Industry-focused universities tackle Chinese skills gaps

Privately backed institutions seen as new model for higher education development From Times Higher Education Source: Getty China’s new crop of privately backed, industry-focused universities could help meet skills gaps and jump-start innovation, academics said. At the end of last year Chinese businessman Cao Dewang came one step closer to establishing his institution when he signed an agreement with the city government of Fuzhou to build a university for developing applied research and technical talent. The Fuyao University of Science and Technology is one example of a handful of such…

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NUC, NPHCDA Collaborate to Ramp Up Covid Vaccinations in Varsities

By Moyosore Salami The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) led by the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, has solicited for inter-agency collaboration in the area of strengthening sensitisation of the academic community on the need to get vaccination and building synergy in research generation. The aim of the collaboration is to tackle the current Covid-19 Viruses and mitigate against other possible diseases that could emerge in the nearest future. The Executive Director and CEO of NPHCDA, Dr. Shuaib, commended NUC for its compliance with…

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ACTDF Interacts with Liberia U Students: Promises Effective Internet for Enhanced Learning Experience

Visiting Nigerian Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr. Noah Dallaji, has disclosed that his foundation will provide efficient internet services for students at the University of Liberia to enhance teaching and learning and to promote research. Dr. Dallaji and delegation are currently in Liberia as guests of the Jewel-Starfish Foundation, as part of efforts to aid less fortunate Liberian youths develop their talents. According to Dr. Dallaji, his foundation is focused on providing the basic needs of young people so that they do not experience setbacks in their learning processes. “What we…

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Hundreds of global universities ‘yet to set net zero target’

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/hundreds-global-universities-yet-toset-netzero-target?mc_cid=25862e22f5&mc_eid=45b29e2869 THE research finds that high share of institutions that have specified goal are not counting indirect emissions such as travel Ellie Bothwell Source: GettyTreading warily: universities shy from targets as ‘they imply a recognition of the crisis and a need to transform business as usual’ Read the THE report, The Race to Net Zero: How global universities are performing Almost half of global universities that suggest they are committed to taking climate action are yet to set a target date to reach net zero, according to a new report from Times Higher Education. While more than 550 universities across the world submitted data relating…

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ABUAD performs first kidney transplant

Culled from The Sun Newspaper Afe Babalola University Multi-System Hospital, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), has recorded its first kidney transplant after a procedure that lasted five hours, fifteen minutes, thus making the successful transplant the first of its kind in Ekiti/Ondo axis of the country. The procedure was carried out on a 46-year-old player in the entertainment industry (name withheld) who was diagnosed to be hypertensive as far back as 2017 had not been passing urine in the last six months as a result of which he has had difficulty breathing. He also…

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VC charges intellectuals, govt. to advance disruptive innovations

The Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie on Wednesday challenged Nigerian intellectuals and governments to improve on innovative technology. Prof. Owens-Ibie made the call at the 2021 Caleb University International Conference in Lagos, with the theme: “Future forward: Disruptive innovations what next?” Disruptive innovation refers to innovations and technologies that make expensive or sophisticated products and services accessible and more affordable to a broader market. He said it was high time intellectuals and governments did things differently to reposition Nigeria and Africa in a rapidly evolving…

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Discouragement not to embark on the project inspired me, says Corper who donates boreholes in Ondo

By Opeyemi Babalola A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Osaretin Micheal, who donated hand pump boreholes to two communities in Akure has finally shared his experience before and after the project completion.The 22-year-old, who served in one of the two communities where he built the borehole while speaking with BBC Pidgin and monitored by University Times International, said words of discouragement he received from people about the project inspired him till he finally achieved his aim. He donated the hand pump boreholes to Origere and Ajipowo communities and also gave…

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