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W’Africa Varsities Gather In Ibadan On New Course Of Study

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 2:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola –   Ibadan


A four-day workshop involving eight West-African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, Republic of Benin and Ghana yesterday began at the University Ibadan (UI), Ibadan to brainstorm on a new course for tropical biotechnology in the continent of Africa.

Biotechnology, according to experts, refers to exploitation of biological processes for industrial and genetic purposes, especially the genetic manipulation of micro-organisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones and so on and the workshop was being held with a view for the Nigeria’s premier university to commence International Masters of Tropical Biotechnology.

It was gathered that the proposed course of study had commenced long ago in seven universities in Francophone countries while Ghana was the first country with a university in Anglo-phone country that embraced it.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Isaac Adewole, who received the delegation of the International Master of Tropical Biotechnologies to UI led by Djibril Sane of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in Senegal said the institution currently had more than 400 international collaborations and would not accept new one, unless it has mutual benefits.

Represented by the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Administration), Emilolorun Ayelari, Adewole said, “we welcome collaborators, provided there will be mutual benefits from it. They can benefit from us, which is good for us, and we can also benefit from them. In this age, there is no knowledge that is hidden, whatever we know; we also want other people to know”.