A Senior lecturer in the Department of History and International Relations, Federal University Otuoke, Dr. Akachi Odoemene has been awarded a Two year scholarship for the Oxford-Princeton Global leaders Fellowship Programme in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Akachi whose research interest is on “Global Land Grab Phenomenon inAfrica” during an interview with our reporters Tuesday at the University said he intends to acquire more productive skills, competence and develop synergic scholarly networks.
According to him,” During my time as a fellow, my objective is to explore more effective and productive strategies for mutual engagement, cooperation and benefits in global land politics and governance in Africa.”
The Scholar also stated that he “seeks to develop policies and approaches that would mutually benefit the interest of the main parties- The local population in Africa and the Foreign Investors”
Dr. Odoemene said he opted for the programme because of its global repute and the need for Federal University Otuoke to have ambassadors that will project its image and open door for global partnership with world class Universities.
He however assured that he will be a worthy ambassador who will positively project the image of his Parent University and on return will ensure that the knowledge and experiences garnered will be impacted on students in particular and the University in general.
The social historian who is on a scholarship funded by the coordinating Universities urged Nigerian Universities to improve research funding and ensure availability of updated research materials also emphasising that most administrators play politics with research grants, blaming these factors for the poor quality of researches conducted in the country and thereason why most researchers now prefer going abroad for their studies.
“Major constraint to quality research in our Universities are insufficient funding and unavailability of current research materials, funds and updatedresearch materials are critical to any successful research” he asserted.
The University Don who has a Doctoral Degree in African History from University of Ibadan, Nigeria is among the four successful scholars in the fellowship programme.
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