A new vista in higher education in Nigeria was opened as Technical University (Tech U), Ibadan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Texas Technical University (TTU) within the week.
With the MoU signed with TTU, a globally recognized university, the two institutions will start collaborations in forms of exchange programmes for students, lecturers, researchers and other members of staff for internationalization of their degree and post-graduate programmes.
According to the management of the institution, Tech U may also emerge as the hub for TTU’s Study Abroad programme in Nigeria and other West African countries.
The university envisaged that the exchange programme could commence as early as the 2019/2020 Academic session with TTU students attending six-week internships in factories and institutions in Ibadan and Lagos as may be facilitated by the university.
Tagged ‘Collaborative Agreement for Study Abroad and Research’ between students and staff of the two institutions, the partnership will afford students of Tech U to complete their degree programme at TTU and proceed to postgraduate studies if they desire.
TTU has an expansive campus spread across the major parts of Lubbock, a serene city in Texas, United States of America.
The partnership will also afford students and staff of Tech U to participate in short and postgraduate programmes in which TTU has special capacity and competence, just as researchers from both sides will also collaborate in areas of common interest to internationalize their works.
Lawrence Schovance, TTU President (Vice Chancellor equivalent), that signed for his institution in his office expressed the excitement of the university to expand scholarly activities to Nigeria through the partnership with Tech U.
Schovance, a professor of engineering, explained that the partnership was another step forward in TTU’s goal of widening its international operations to ensure that its students and faculty enjoy international enrichment in their studies and research.
He pointed out that the partnership will bring great opportunities to both students and faculty of the two institutions, adding that Nigeria has now become a priority for TTU in its efforts at achieving global connections for studying, teaching and research.
Tech-U Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ayobami Salami, said the end result of the partnership was for the institution to produce graduates who will be key players within the national space and in the larger global economy and acknowledged the importance of internationalization to bring this to fruitarian.
“I am very excited seeing the dream coming to reality,” Salami said.
Prof. Ibidapo-Obe, the Pro-Chancellor examined that the move was the first among the steps to take the young university to the international scene and expressed optimism that in the next 50 years, Tech U will be a model university in Nigeria given this type of partnerships and related initiatives.
TTU’s programmes are highly rated with its research works regarded as among the best in the United States.