ABU, University of Edinburgh to jointly conduct research in Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania

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The Distance Learning Centre, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, have agreed to jointly conduct research on out-of-school children in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania.

Both institutions have also accepted to work together to access a range of grants and funds to support teaching, research, and community development services.

In this regard, ABU Distance Learning Centre and UoE are expected to work to access support from key sponsors such as Google Outreach Grant, Mastercard Foundation (MF), and the British Council.

ABU, University of Edinburgh to jointly conduct research

According to a statement signed by the Public Affairs Directorate of Ahmadu Bello University, the two universities have also agreed, in principle, to conduct joint research and publications leveraging ABU Distance Learning Centre databases.

All these are the outcome of a high-level meeting held recently in London at which officials of ABU Distance Learning Centre and those of the University of Edinburgh identified a number of areas for collaborations, partnerships, and support.

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Other areas identified included a conference on digital education which UoE and ABU-DLC have agreed, in principle, to jointly organize. Additionally, some leading experts in digital education from the University of Edinburgh have offered to be e-tutors for ABU Distance Learning Centre.

Under the partnerships, for example, UoE’s Centre for Research in Digital Education has agreed to organize a training workshop for ABU-DLC e-tutors, staff, and other stakeholders on pedagogy in digital education.

The Vice-Chancellor, of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabiru Bala, described the London meeting as a “huge success”, and expressed gratitude to the University of Edinburgh for its willingness to collaborate with Ahmadu Bello University Distance Learning Centre.

He reaffirmed the commitment of ABU Distance Learning Centre to work with Excel Centres, local radio stations, and other strategic partners in the United Kingdom to further enhance the visibility of the Centre in particular, and the University in general.

Prof. Bala expressed ABU’s immense appreciation to the Programme Director, Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh, Dr. Michael Gallagher; UoE’s Head of Global Partnership, Dr. Derek MCLeod; and Co-Director, Global Health Academy, UoE, Prof. Francisca Mutapi, for the success of the meeting.

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Others whose efforts were acknowledged by the Vice-Chancellor included Senior Lecturer in African Studies and International Development, UoE, Dr. Jean-Benoit Falisse, and Lead, Out-of-School Youth Research Project in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tanzania, Dr. William Smith.

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