In line with the Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) on Funai-French Government Collaboration/Franco-Funai Joint Scholarship signed with the French Ambassador on June 25, 2016, and in the effort to fully utilize TETfund Intervention Project through scholarship opportunities for staff to become functionally bilingual and experts in their various fields of study, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, on Friday 29th March, 2019 organised a send-forth for one of its academic staff who was leaving for France on Sunday the 31st day of March, 2019 for Post Graduate Studies as the last of the 35 beneficiaries as per the MoU on the programme.

Presenting the beneficiary, Mr Amos Onyekwere of Biology/Microbiology/Biotechnology, to the Vice-Chancellor in his Conference Room, the Director, AE-FUNAI-French Centre, Dr. Nnenna Nwosu-Nworuh, noted that the effort AE-FUNAI is putting, in collaboration with the French government, to ensure that the university attains global academic excellence, is yielding fruits. She did a roll call of the 34 staff that have benefited from this scheme and are already in different countries for their studies.

DVC Academics, Prof. Sunday Elom, presenting International passport and visa to Amos Onyekwere

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Prof. Sunday Elom, commended the AE-FUNAI- French Director, Dr. Nnenna Nwosu for her drive and support towards this project. He added that she is a unique and dedicated staff and that the University is happy to have her in the institution.

DVC Academics, Prof. Sunday Elom (middle), DVC Admin. Prof. Philip Omoke (right), Director Franco-Funai, Dr. Nnenna Nwosu-Nworuh with Mr. Amos Onyekwere in a group photograph

Professor Nwajiuba further used the opportunity to urge the staff not to lose focus in his studies. ‘’we are sending you now to France as an Ambassador, try to uphold our motto ‘EXCELLENCE AND INTEGRITY’ and ensure that you make us proud by concentrating on your studies so as to come back in flying colours”, he said. He advised him not to engage in any menial job that will be a distraction to his studies, stressing that the TETFUND package will be enough to take care of him throughout his academic pursuit in France.

The beneficiary, Mr. Amos Onyekwere, when interviewed, expressed excitement and appreciation to the school authorities for granting him this rare opportunity to be part of this scheme. He further stressed that his expectation is to primarily focus on his studies to get a good result even as he appreciates TETfund, AE-FUNAI and the country at large and pledged to impart the knowledge to the students on his return.

Group photograph of AE-FUNAI DVCs and other senior staff in group photograph with Amos Onyekwere

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