Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), has said that the university’s newly established Institute of Nigeria-China Development Studies will encourage mutual economic growth and development and serve as a brain trust for the Nigerian and Chinese governments.
According to Punch, the Vice Chancellor of the Institution made this known during the formal inauguration of the institute at the university’s Senate Chamber last Tuesday.
“The Confucius Institute UNILAG, Chinese Investors Association and the off of the VC birthed the idea. This symposium is an indication that a lot can be done between both communities. The institute will create multiple avenues for the study of Chinese and Nigerian culture and civilizations so that we can identify the weakness of both sides in order to find a platform for mutual growth.
“Today the relationship between Nigeria and China is significant. Both countries have economic and democratic advantages. We both have room to bloom economy-wise. The institute is to highlight the ways we can grow each other. The objective is to become a resource centre for Nigerian and Chinese businessmen willing to work together and strengthen mutual cooperation. Although it would not only serve academic purposes, it would embark on research in natural, pure, applied and human sciences for developmental purposes,” the VC said.
Mr. Ronnie Changan, President of the Chinese Investors Association for Development and Promotion was also at the inauguration.
He said that the quest for professionals to guide members of the Chinese community on the need co-habit amicably had led them to UNILAG.
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