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FUNAAB VC urges international collaboration to enhance research in Nigeria 



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Researchers in Nigeria have been advised to collaborate with their counterparts in other parts of the world to enhance research and contribute meaningfully to nation’s development.

Prof. Felix Salako, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), gave the advise on Thursday at a research collaboration symposium in Abeokuta.

The event was organised by a German-based research-funding organisation, Alexander Humboldt Foundation.

Salako, who was represented at the symposium by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Morenike Dipeolu, said that research partnership and collaboration among scientists formed an essential component of the development goals of the university system.

He, therefore, urged FUNAAB reseachers to reach out to their international counterparts, saying that “those who wish to be outstanding in their research should not limit themselves to their immediate surroundings.

“They must have a global look while working locally. They must strive to break the barriers for increased global competitiveness.

“Researchers from Nigeria need to reach out to researchers from other countries to expand their frontiers of knowledge, improve quality and impact potential of their research and keep abreast of recent developments in their fields,” Salako said.

He expressed concern over the difficulty in accessing funds for research in Nigeria.

He, therefore, urged government at all levels and well-meaning Nigerians to support researchers.

The General Secretary of the foundation, Dr. Thomas Hesse, said that research in agriculture was leading in the universities that had enjoyed support from the foundation.

Hesse said that interdisciplinary research on appropriate land usage, plant and animal breeding, health and seed technology were fundamental in building a more secure future for Nigeria.

He commended researchers in university for their commitment in mentoring the young and promising researchers in the institution.

Edited by: Sam Oditah/Felix Ajide

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