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ATPS signs Memorandum of Understanmding with the NUC - Nigerian Universities Commission. Promoting dialogue and practice on ST&I in Nigeria through capacity building across knowledge communities

Abuja, Nigeria, February 11th, 2010: The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius A Okojie has taken another bold step to reposition the Commission to serve the university community and indeed the Nation better as he signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS). ATPS is a leading multi-disciplinary Network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society, promoting science, technology and innovation (ST&I) policy research, policy making and policy practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, the ATPS operates through national chapters in 23 African Countries. The ATPS was represented by its Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Chika Urama at the Memorandum signing ceremony.

This collaboration which became effective on 11th February, 2010 will last for two years in the first instance. Both parties have agreed to deploy their resources - human, material and financial towards the promotion of science, technology and innovation policy research and development, paying particular emphasis on dialogue and practice on ST&I in Nigeria through capacity building for policy makers, academics, policy analysts, parliamentarians, journalist and researchers in Nigeria. This partnership will also support the sharing of electronic resources and building of network of experts both locally and overseas.

Dr Kevin Urama (Executive Director ATPS), Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary, NUC; Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, World Bank STEP BDr Kevin Urama (Executive Director ATPS), Prof. Julius Okojie, Executive Secretary, NUC; Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, World Bank STEP BSpeaking during the signing ceremony, the Executive Secretary expressed deep confidence in the capacity of ATPS, in promoting Science, technology and Innovation in Nigerian Universities and in Africa in general. He notes the achievement of the ATPS in Nigeria through its National Chapter and promised to advance the collaboration for the mutual benefit of both organizations.

Responding, Dr. Urama thanked the Executive Secretary for his upright and exemplary leadership of the Nigerian Universities Commission and urged continued efforts to mainstream sound trans-disciplinary knowledge structures where innovation can thrive in African Universities. He particularly lauded the achievements of the Commission in espousing good monitoring and evaluation systems in Nigerian Universities, noting that a sound knowledge based system of innovation is critical to leapfrogging development in Nigeria. The ATPS is well placed to support the Commission through training and sensitization activities and will draw on the wealth of expertise and experience of the Network membership in Africa and across the globe.

Within the framework of this agreement, both NUC and ATPS will organize at least two workshops annually in Nigeria in the area of building requisite skills in research and policy analysis in science, technology and innovation. ST&I remains a key determinant of the vision of the Federal Government to attain Vision 20-2020

This can only be achieved if appropriate policy regimes, capacities and funding are made available to relevant government agencies to create the necessary synergies and partnerships that will support technical, technological and scientific research on-going in the nation universities, research institutes and polytechnics.

As a new chapter is opened in the relationship between NUC and the ATPS, all stakeholders are encouraged to support the collaborative efforts of both organizations who are promoting excellence ion science, technology and innovation across Africa.

Posted on Thursday 11th February, 2010




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