Funding for Innovative Research
The University of Ibadan’s pursuit of cutting-edge research receives a significant boost as it secures a substantial N1 billion funding. The collaboration between the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission aims to establish a pioneering Diaspora Research Center. This strategic move seeks to create avenues for knowledge exchange, research, fellowship, and transnational projects among Nigerians in the diaspora, fostering a dynamic landscape of research and development in Africa.
Groundbreaking Diaspora Research Center
The University of Ibadan is set to house the groundbreaking Diaspora Research Center, a first-of-its-kind initiative in Africa. The Chairman of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri, underscores the potential of the center to reshape the research and development panorama on the continent. With a commitment of N1 billion from TETFund, the project is positioned to become an incubator for hosting experts, practitioners, and policy professionals dedicated to advancing diaspora and transnational studies.
Global Impact and Collaboration
The envisioned Diaspora Research Center at the University of Ibadan is designed to have a lasting impact on the global research community. The facility is envisioned as a repository of valuable resources, including texts, archival documents, multimedia materials, and online resources. Beyond its research functions, the center aims to drive collaborations, facilitate fellowship and exchange programs, and engage with policy-formulating institutions both locally and internationally. The initiative reflects TETFund’s dedication to research and development, as evident by an additional allocation of Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira for a Global Research Center at the institution.