ABU, University of Edinburgh to conduct research on out-of-school children in 3 countries
An agreement has been reached by the Distance Learning Centre, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom to jointly conduct research on out-of-school children in Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania.
The two universities have also accepted to work together to access a range of grants and funds to support teaching, research and community development services, through a collective effort towards accessing support from key sponsors such as Google Outreach Grant, Mastercard Foundation (MF), and the British Council.
Auwalu Umar, ABU's Public Affairs Director, in a statement on Wednesday, said the two universities have also agreed, in principle, to conduct joint research and publications leveraging ABU Distance Learning Centre databases.
According to the statement: "All these are the outcome of a high-level meeting held recently in London at which officials of ABU Distance Learning Centre and those of the University of Edinburgh identified a number of areas for collaborations, partnerships, and supports.”
The statement added: “Other areas identified included a conference on digital education which UoE and ABU-DLC have agreed, in principle, to jointly organize. Additionally, some leading experts in digital education from the University of Edinburgh have offered to be e-tutors for ABU Distance Learning Centre.
Under the partnerships, for example, UoE's Centre for Research in Digital Education has agreed to organize a training workshop for ABU-DLC e-tutors, staff and other stakeholders on pedagogy in digital education.”
The statement explained that Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Kabiru Bala, described the London meeting as a "huge success", and expressed gratitude to the University of Edinburgh for its willingness to collaborate with Ahmadu Bello University Distance Learning Centre.
He reaffirmed the commitment of ABU Distance Learning Centre to work with Excel Centres, local radio stations and other strategic partners in the United Kingdom to further enhance the visibility of the Centre in particular, and the University in general.
Professor Bala, As stated by the statement, expressed ABU's immense appreciation to the Programme Director, Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, Dr Michael Gallagher; UoE's Head of Global Partnership, Dr Derek MCLeod; and Co-Director, Global Health Academy, UoE, Professor Fransisca Mutapi, for the success of the meeting.
Others whose efforts were acknowledged by the Vice-Chancellor included Senior Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, UoE, Dr Jean-Benoit Falisse, and Lead, Out-of-School Youth Research Project in Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania, Dr William Smith.
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