Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) and International University of Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a partnership for exchange of academic ideas and programmes.
Vice-president for Academic Affairs, International University of Grand-Bassam, Prof. Ahmed Legrouri who led the institution’s delegates said the partnership was informed by his aim to make the institution a world class university like ABUAD.
He explained that with the existing learning facilities and array of academic gurus in ABUAD attest to the fact that the Aare Babalola has incurable penchant for high quality market driven education.
“We are here to seek partnership with ABUAD so that we can offer opportunities to our student to develop.
“Education is a key to the development of our countries. And like ABUAD we put inface on quality education and training the future leader of the country.
“We are really very impressed with the achievement of this great institution. And with the achievement of this university we are ready to adopt them as our model.
“We have learnt a lot from the infrastructures and the attitudinal disposition of the people managing them.
“And in the way of building our new campus on 80 hectres in the city of Bassam we are going adopt what we have seen here”, he said.
While speaking, the Founder of ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola said the decision to adopt ABUAD as mentor was not accidental but as a result of unparalleled achievement of the institution in the realm of functional education.
Babalola disclosed that the collaboration would be the third of its kind, saying ABUAD is already in partnership with a university in Ghana and Republic of Benin.
Babalola stated that the establishment of the institution was borne out of his inclination to illuminate the world with academic ideas.
“If you want to be a university internationally recognized, you must have affiliation with other universities outside the country.
“And you must have students and lecturers from other countries and curriculum that will make others to come.
“With these it is crystal clear that ABUAD place on the map of global education can’t be compromised.
“My joy is that invitations are not done by us. What they have read, learnt and heard about us made them to approach us for mentorship”, Babalola said.