In line with the University’s quest to spice up international students’ enrolment and global visibility, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, FSSSN on Monday, January 27, 2020 received in audience the inaugural Ph.D. students for the West Africa Science Service Centre on global climate change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) Doctorate Research Programme (DRP) in global climate change and Human Habitat at the boardroom , Main Campus.
Prof. Bala congratulated the newly admitted students on their well-deserved admission, adding that the University Management would do everything possible to form their stay in FUT, Minna and Nigeria memorable. The Vice-Chancellor urged the scholars to abide with the principles and regulations governing postgraduate programmes within the University while disclosing that FUT, Minna postgraduate programme was one among the foremost wanted within the country thanks to the very fact that it’s well structured with a well-defined time-frame.
He also commended the Director of the Centre, Prof. Appolonia Okhimamhe for competently and seamlessly handling the activities of the Centre.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of WASCAL Academic and planning board , Engr. Prof. Salawu Sadiku said the aim of the visit was to introduce the pioneer PhD students of the Centre to the Vice-Chancellor, adding that the visit would enable the scholars to satisfy the Vice-Chancellor whom the federal has vested the authority to manage the University.
The Chairman who is additionally the Dean of the University’s Postgraduate programme disclosed that the WASCAL programme started with a Master’s degree programme but was later upgraded to a PhD status supported the successes recorded by the Centre.
Prof. Sadiku commended the Vice-Chancellor for giving approval for the reservation of hostel accommodation for the scholars on Campus, adding that the gesture would assist them to acclimatize with their new environment.
“The students also will be subjected to the traditional orientation and matriculation programmes of the University for the scholars to be up to hurry with the principles and regulations governing the postgraduate programme in FUT, Minna”, he disclosed.
In her vote of thanks, the Director of WASCAL, Prof. Appollonia Okhimamhe expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor and therefore the University Management team for his or her well-documented support to the Centre. it’ll be recalled that the scholars were also received in Abuja on arrival by the Honourable Minister of Environment, Alh. Mohammed Mahmoud.
The newly admitted 11 students are from Niger, Senegal, Burkina-Faso, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Togo and Benin Republic. WASCAL may be a capacity building and research programme funded by the German government.