LIBERIAN VARSITY SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH UNICAL
A Liberian University, African Methodist Episcopal University (AME) is seeking to forge a solid and vibrant partnership with the University of Calabar (UNICAL) in the area of research, as well as, students and staff exchange programmes.
Indications of the proposed partnership were brought to the fore when the Vice-Chancellor of AME, Dr, Alvin. E. Attah paid a working visit to Unical.
Speaking with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Dr Attah said as an alumnus of the institution, the need to give back to his alma mater informed his decision to pay a visit to the University.
The AME VC who said he will continue to be a good ambassador of the University expressed optimism that the partnership would expand the frontiers of knowledge.
In his words, '' I am here to see how well we can collaborate in some common areas like Staff and Student exchange and research.
'' We have issues in Africa and unless we find solutions within ourselves to solve them, nobody will do it for us. We have common traditions, common cultural values and we all need each other to see how we can move forward.
'' As a malabite, it is a good thing for me to come and visit where I was trained''
He said AME is also partnering with other varsities in Africa in this regard, maintaining that, Unical, being a reputable tertiary institution was chosen among many others.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof.Florence Obi said she was quite pleased that an alumnus of Unical is at the helm of affairs in a Liberian University.
Prof. Obi said she is proud of the AME VC, adding that, '' you have done so well, we congratulate you as a malabite, 'once a malabite, always a malabite''.
She called on him to always make his alma mater proud by projecting the image of the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor also said, having risen to the position of a Vice-Chancellor in Liberia, it shows that the institution churns-out quality and value-driven individuals who have been found worthy in character and learning.
The University helmsman commended the AME VC for deeming it fit to involve Unical in his quest for African Collaboration and partnership, saying that, it is easier for Africa to partner with itself rather than looking outwards all the time.
She said Unical is ready for the partnership and modalities will be put in place by the Institution's Directorate of External Relations and Partnership to cement the relationship between the institution and the Liberian Varsity.
The AME's VC's visit itinerary included a tour of the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Physical Sciences where he was welcomed and conducted round by Dr Joseph Obu on behalf of the Head of Department.
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