Study Hard and Top Your Classes, VC Charges Young Academics
The Vice Chancellor of Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi state, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba has charged some young academics of the University preparing to travel abroad for their post-graduate studies to take their studies seriously in order to be the best in their respective disciplines.
The Vice Chancellor made the charge on Wednesday, 22nd of March, 2017 when he met with some lecturers who are being prepared to study in French Universities as part of the agreement between the University and French Government at the Language Laboratory.
Recall that the University had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the French Government through their embassy in Nigeria, Campus France, Abuja and Alliance Francais which enables qualified academic staff of the University to study in reputable French Universities on scholarship.
The collaboration is the first of its kind in the Nigerian University system, made possible by the efficient internationalization efforts of Prof. Nwajiuba. In fact, FUNAI and the Kano State Government are the only corporate entities in Nigeria that are partnering with the French Government in such bilateral relations.
Admonishing the young academics to be resourceful and respectful during their stay in France, the Vice Chancellor said “you may not appreciate the benefits of this rare opportunity until later in life”, adding that “the scholarship provides you with the opportunity to build bridges of friendship across the divide.”
“You must key into the international system in order to make notable impact in your field and for you to have a good life in future
“I expect you to behave well and be good ambassadors of the University and our country in France
“How you behave will determine what happens subsequently
“Study hard and top your class. Being multi-lingual is clearly an advantage in today’s world”, he enthused.
The Vice Chancellor vowed to ensure that the University did not renege in the implementation of the agreement, as it provides ample opportunity to give global visibility to the University and its staff and products, noting that the University is also exploring other avenues of collaboration with the French Government.
The first batch of selected individuals would be leaving the country to France between September and October 2017.