ATPS signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Nigeria
The African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Nigeria Nsukka [UNN] on the 1st of September 2014. The two institutions were represented by their principals, Dr. Nicholas Ozor Ag. Executive Director of ATPS and Professor Benjamin C. Ozumba, Vice Chancellor, UNN.
The MOU is intended to provide a framework that enables ATPS and UNN collaborate to identify and conduct research and sector studies that generate evidence-based and empirical information in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). The collaboration will also cover areas such as joint training programmes on STI for the quadruple helix (researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society actors); advocacy and enlightenment programmes on STI; staff exchange and capacity building programmes; and data and resources sharing opportunities among others.
Whereas the ATPS is a transdisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promotes the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of science, technology and innovation (STI) for African development, environmental sustainability and global inclusion and implements its programs through members and partners in National Chapters established in 30 countries (27 in Africa and 3 Diaspora Chapters in the Australia, United States of America, and United Kingdom); the University of Nigeria is a leading manpower training, research and development university in Nigeria. UNN encourages and promotes scholarship and conducts research in all fields of learning and human endeavor and relates its activities to social and economic needs of the people of Nigeria.
Nigeria is one of the countries where ATPS has an active national chapter with strong links to the science and technology policy community. ATPS and UNN are currently collaborating in the African Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ACCAI) being funded by the Open Society Foundation (OSF) and do intend to hold various joint activities in future that contribute to STI policy research and policymaking in Nigeria. Above all, ATPS and UNN will seek in good faith to fulfill their responsibilities under the MOU.
Posted on Monday 22nd September, 2014
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