World Bank Shortlists 15 Nigerian Universities For Centre Of Excellence

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Akin Akande, Abuja

The World Bank has short listed 15 proposals from Nigerian universities for final evaluation for its funded African Center of Excellence (ACE).

Thirty proposals from universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Senegal made it to the final evaluation stage.

Nigerian Universities sent in fifty-three proposals.

Each ACE would receive a grant of $8million from the World Bank.

Speaking at a meeting with Evaluators of the ACEs in Abuja on Thursday, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, said the other proposals that were not shortlisted by the World Bank Evaluators would be fine-tuned and submitted to the Tertiary Trust Fund (TetFund) to be considered for local funding.

He assured the evaluators of the commitment of the Nigerian government to development of universities in line with contemporary demanded.

Okojie disclosed that tele-medicine and simulation methods for teaching are being considered for medical schools in Nigeria as obtained in developed countries.

Speaking further, the NUC boss said the idea of Centres of Excellence is not a new one in Nigeria.

He disclosed that 27 federal universities had already been interlinked with ability for virtual learning environment.