In line with the vision of the Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba to train a critical mass of scholars who are functionally bilingual, experts in their various disciplines and with the right attitude to excel in a globalized economy, the institution recently organized a send-forth for 7 of its academic staff who will be leaving for France for their post-graduate studies under the AE-FUNAI/French Collaboration.

VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba (4th L) in a group photograph with the staff

 Presenting the beneficiaries to the Vice-Chancellor in his office, the Director, AE FUNAI-French Centre, Dr. Nnenna Nwosu-Nworuh noted that the efforts geared towards ensuring that the University attains global academic competitiveness through the collaboration with the French Government, is yielding enormous dividends. As a result, 7 academic staff of the institution would be departing for French Universities on Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 in pursuit of their Master’s and Doctoral degrees, making it 34 numbers of academic staff of the University that have benefitted from the scheme

“Today, these 7 staff will bring the total number of scholars in the programme to 34”, she stated, adding that 3 more scholars would be leaving for France in February 2019.

Represented by the Director of Research and Development, Professor Dennis Akoh, she further noted that the need to have a good number of international bilingual scholars in the university has been the driving force propelling the training of some lecturers in French universities, who will in turn bring their international experience and exposure to bear in the institution.

While biding the staff farewell, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nwajiuba stressed that the University was geared towards becoming the only institution with a strong French culture in the gulf of Guinea.

He maintained that the University also wants to have a critical mass of scholars who can teach in both English and French languages, which in his words would give the institution an edge over others in the West African sub-region.

VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba handing over an international passport and visa to one of the beneficiaries, Mr. Jayeola Folorunsho of the Music Unit

 He also vowed to ensure the speedy internationalization of the University by recruiting and offering admission to staff and students from neighboring French-speaking countries like Cameroun, Togo, Benin, Chad, Niger and Equatorial Guinea.

Professor Nwajiuba further used the opportunity to urge the staff not to lose the consciousness of the fact that the world is driven by knowledge and ideas, calling on them to be good ambassadors of the University even as he equally advised them to always display the right attitude, robust knowledge and competence in their various disciplines in order to win the heart and support of their supervisors.

The staff who are the 3rd batch beneficiaries of the French collaboration include: Agu George A, Omoniyi Gbenga, Nkitnam Elijah, Jayeola Folorunsho, Igwe Monday, Chinedu Onyekpere and Lucky Nte.

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