EXECUTIVE MANAGERS OF TOP UNIVERSITIES HOSTED AT NUST
NUST hosted four executive managers of prominent African universities recently at high-level meeting at the University’s High-Tech Transfer Plaza Select (HTTPS). The aim of the engagement was for the heads of the institutions to endorse candidates selected for scholarship under the FRAME Project. FRAME, an acronym for Fostering Research and Intra-Africa Knowledge Transfer through Mobility and Education, is an Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme set up under the Pan-African Programme (Development Cooperation Instrument) of the African Union.
The partner universities of FRAME include the University of Buea (Cameroon), University of Hawassa (Ethiopia), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), University of the Free State (South Africa), University of Twente, Faculty of ITC (Technical Partner), and Namibia University of Science and Technology, (Coordinating partner). The programme is designed to serve as an instrument of knowledge exchange and institutional cooperation in Africa in Food, Energy and Water security (FEWS) nexus. It has of African-wide relevance because it involves the mobility of staff and students across five African partner universities.
During a welcome event, Dr Erold Naomab, the NUST Vice-Chancellor emphasised the Institution’s commitment to engaging with partner institutions to facilitate a “fusion of ideas through transdisciplinary research, co-creation, co-development, application and transfer of specialised knowledge and technology” within Africa. In the same meeting, the Principal Investigator of FRAME, Prof Eugene Chigbu, spoke about NUST’s emerging leadership in Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS) knowledge in Africa. All the executive managers pledged to collaborate with NUST in its internationalisation aspirations for tertiary-level educational development in Africa.
FRAME is a 5-year project which started in February 2020, with a budget of €1.3 million funded by the European Commission through its Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency, and managed by NUST.