AAUA Researchers Win Int’l Grants, Awards
• Our Researchers Have What it Takes to Compete Globally – VC
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, has again recorded another feat as two of its academic staff won grants from the world-acclaimed Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany, AVHF, and the International Foundation for Science, Sweden, IFS.
The researchers, Dr. I.A Ololade, an Associate Professor and Acting Head, Department of Chemical Sciences, won $12,000 from IFS, while Dr. N.A. Ladoja, a Senior Lecturer and Hydrochemist, won equipment grants worth 19,800 Euros.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, who inspected the scientific equipment procured with the grants at the Biochemical Laboratory of the University, described the grants as big donations from AVHF and IFS.
The VC expressed the confidence that AAUA has researchers that can compete favourably with their peers around the world.
He said, “These grants are very big donations from AVHF and IFS. It takes only great scholars to win these kinds of grants. I want to say that the University is very proud of these distinguished scientists, Dr. Ladoja and Dr. Ololade.
“AAUA has great researchers who can compete with their peers around the world. The grants will, no doubt, add great value to research endeavours in the University.”
Prof. Ajibefun added, “It is equally important for members of staff, particularly the academic staff, to compete for grants as these ones so that scholarship can be enhanced and the image of the University can continue to soar both locally and internationally. What we are witnessing today is a pointer to the fact that our University is one that prioritizes cutting-edge research.”
Dr. Ladoja, whose research grant is given to support a research proposal written and submitted to the Foundation to develop a Ceramic Membrane for ground-water deflorisation, said he has enjoyed a lot of support from the University as it creates enabling environment for research to thrive.
Ladoja said, “The essence of the Grant from AVHF is to support a research proposal written and submitted to the Foundation to develop a Ceramic Membrane for ground-water deflorisation. This is not my first grant. I had also won other grants, but this is for highly-skilled researchers. I have enjoyed a lot of support from the University. The University creates enabling environment for research.”
Dr. Ololade explained that the grant given to him is to enable him to do a research which is aimed at evaluating the level of power flow in rivers across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
He said, “I have won several grants at both local and international levels. This is my second time of winning grants from IFS.
“It was quite exciting when the news came that my second application was approved, but the fact still remains that it is a very challenging experience. I must say that the University has been very supportive, especially in the area of research. The University appreciates scholarship, and quality, and that is one reason researchers are succeeding. If we continue like this and we sustain the quality of the researches that are going on in the University, AAUA will rank among the best Universities in Africa and even globally.”
Some of the items procured with the grant from the IFS are Nitrogen Evaporator, Solid Phase Extraction Cartridge, Field Ice Box, Nitrogen Gas Cylinder, Generator, Big size refrigerator, Glassware/Kits, and Modified anaerobic box.
Items and equipment such as Ion Analyzer, Fluoride Ion Electrode, Fluoride Standard Solutions, Mechanical Shaker, Peristaltic pump, Membrane filter, sample bottles and Glass column were procured with the fund from AVHF.
AAUA VC Charges Humanities Scholars on Critical, Globally-Competitive Policies
The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, on Tuesday last week, charged humanities scholars to initiate new areas of research and collaborations that would provoke new ways of thinking that would result in critical and critically-competitive policies.
The VC gave the charge while giving his Opening Remark at the first Faculty of Arts International Conference, entitled, “The Humanities and National Development”, held at the Nelson Mandela Hall of the University.
The VC, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor (Mrs.) Oluyemisi Adebowale, said, “The Humanities are known for intellectual banter. This is the beauty of academics. There are bound to be arguments and counter arguments. But the synthesis of such arguments must be logically rendered in such a way that they can be actionable by both professional and academic. Participants at this conference should provoke a new way of thinking that will result in critical and globally competitive policies.”
He noted that the Humanities play a central role in scholarship and the society.
He said, “To be sure, Humanities occupy a critical bend in the generation of seminal ideas and ideals that we need to navigate through the global labyrinth in a world that is in dire need of ideological finesse, without which humanity will ebb lower or life will be very dull. In this way, the Humanities cannot be lost in the cluster of ever forward-looking discoveries of science and technology. In other words, despite the pride of place the humanities enjoy, the challenges being faced now must be creatively confronted.”
Prof. Ajibefun who said the Humanities have a critical role to play in proffering fitting solutions to global religious and terrorist attacks on humanity and infrastructural formations, thanked the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Benson Akinnawonu, and the organizers of the Conference for organizing a befitting conference.
Earlier in his Welcome Address Prof. Akinnawonu, had said the desire to host the Conference was as a result of a compelling passion to create an intellectual platform to promote scholarship and stimulate vibrant and intellectual engagements among scholars and practitioners in line with the University’s academic tradition.
The Dean expressed the Faculty’s appreciation to Prof. Jeremiah Kalai of the University of Nairobi, who delivered the Keynote Address, and Professor Umar Danfulani from the University of Jos, Nigeria, who presented the Lead Paper of the maiden conference.
The suspended students who have been invited to appear before the Students’ Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 10.00 a.m. in Prof. E. F. Ogunbodede’s Office (Academic Planning Unit, Senate Building), are to note that the date has been shifted.
The new date is Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
The postponement is as a result of the public holiday declared by the Federal Government.
Oluwafemi Ayomide GEORGE-OJO (Department of Sociology) should note that he is one of the invited students.
DR (VC’s Office)