Professor Aliyu Shugaba, Vice Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri, said the university’s Center for Peace, Diplomacy and Development received a $300,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation for research.
Shugaba revealed this at the Nigerian News Agency forum in Abuja on Sunday.
He said that the university was engaging with the foundation to be able to do some research in the areas of peace and development.
According to him, there has been internal funding from the university but it only allows staff to be trained inside or outside the university.
“To go abroad, we have always relied on TETFund’s allocation for the training and development of academic staff for master’s and doctoral programs, where they are permitted in designated areas acceptable to the university senate.
“In addition, the individual efforts of the staff lead them to obtain sponsorship from donor agencies for scholarships in particular areas of research.
“But with the insecurity that has been going on in the region, many international organizations are finding better ways to help the university do research and other things.
“Also, our Center for Peace, Diplomacy and Development Studies was given $300,000 to be able to do some research, particularly research that touches on peace and development,” he said.
The vice chancellor added that the Northeast Development Commission had also assisted the university in the area of reducing violent extremism.
He said other areas of financial support from other international organizations were being explored to help the institution become more focused and conduct research and development that would translate into the development of the nation.
According to him, the secret of being recognized in the research areas is based on the correct vision and mission of the university towards the achievement of glory and excellence.
“As vice chancellor, we cannot afford to fail in that area. Now our own College of Medical Sciences has been previously designated since 1986 as a Center of Excellence.
“The law school has also been a center of excellence for the study of law.
“Recently, TETFund has pumped money into our Center for Dryland Studies to make it a center of excellence for dryland research.
“Therefore, we will continue to consider all of this as the criteria and we will not allow a situation where our own achievements are brought down,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor therefore praised TETfund for helping to improve the institution’s facilities and training its workforce.
He said that this development has resulted in the training of some 395 professors, adding that more manpower is also being trained at the master’s and doctoral level.