UNIABUJA, ACCI partner on research, others


By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

The University of Abuja has partnered with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to enhance knowledge sharing, promote innovation and capacity building.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both organisations, the collaboration would be implemented through the University Business School, Internship and Linkages Services (ILS), Centre for SIWES and Student Employment Scheme (CSSE), Centre for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and Centre for Sponsored Projects (CSP) and the ACCI’s Business Entrepreneurship, Skills and Technology Centre, Dispute Resolution Centre, Abuja Trade Centre and Policy Advocacy Centre.

The areas of collaboration include: research and development, technology transfer, commercialisation of research outputs, training programmes, internship and industrial attachment placements, creating linkages with relevant industries, mentorship programmes, research funding and policy advocacy.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, said collaborations between universities and industries were known to have driven the economy of the most advanced nations of the world.

He said it was time educational institutions and businesses in Nigeria began to work closely together to drive national development.

The Vice Chancellor assured ACCI that the University was ready to play its role in accordance with world best practices to ensure that the partnership has significant impact on the Nigerian economy.

“I assure you that I will give this collaboration my total support.  I want to make sure that our students benefit tremendously from the initiative and even more than that, that our nation benefits tremendously from its implementation,” Na’Allah said in a statement issued by the Head, Information and University Relations, Dr Habib Yakoob.

President, ACCI, Dr. Al-Mujitaba  Abubakar noted that the agreement was on a very important aspect of the economy.

Represented by the vice president of the chamber, Barr Jude Igwe, Abubakar said it is imperative for businesses and educational institutions to partner to provide skilled workforce for the economy.

“To prepare a skilled workforce, business and educational institutions must partner to preserve our nation’s competitiveness and economic strength in response to a rapidly changing and increasing competitive world,” he said.

According to him, the MoU, when implemented, would not only improve the quality of education at the disposal of the students but also add to the value the students will be giving to the society and the country when they leave school.



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