About 17 Nigerian Universities, according to Punch News, have been approved to receive the sum of USD70m to conduct researches on infectious diseases, tropical diseases and reproductive health under the World Bank’s Africa Centers of Excellence project.
According to Punch, the researches which are to begin in April 2019 under the ACE Development Impact Project, would address the regional development challenges in West and Central Africa.
This was made known in a statement by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and signed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ibrahim Yakasai.
According to the NUC, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Redeemer’s University (RUN), Bayero University, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), University of Benin (UNIBEN), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State University (LASU), University of Nigeria (UNN) and Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) are some of the World Bank-funded tertiary institutions in the country.
“West and Central African countries, with support from the World Bank, unveiled the regional Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence in 2014. The project is focused on scaling up postgraduate education and applied researches that are fundamental to the economic growth of the region.
The supported universities should meet the global standards for quality education, recruit student across the region and collaborate with other African universities,” NUC said.
However, the NUC ACE Director, Dr. Joshua Atah, stated that the expected results of the project include development impact, increase in the amount of externally generated revenue and commercialization of research results.
“The project will see to the increase in the number and strength of sector partnerships that lead to production and hiring of high-performing graduates, increase in the volumes of internally generated revenue, improvement in the quality of university programs and increase in the enrolment of students, particularly females.
“The projects will address specific regional development challenges following the priority fields; science, technology, engineering and mathematics; health sciences, agriculture, environment and applied social sciences,” Atah said.