Nigeria : Innovation For Sustainable Development Possible Through Research – Prof. Obi, UNICAL VC - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, August 12, 2021

Nigeria : Innovation For Sustainable Development Possible Through Research – Prof. Obi, UNICAL VC


By Our Reporter

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi has identified research as a tool for bringing about necessary innovations required for Sustainable development of the country and its universities.

Prof. Obi said that her administration would always place high premium on research and called on academics to embrace research as a means to drive the  growth of Universities and Nigeria.

She spoke during the 2nd Nigerian Conference of the institution's Faculty of Physical Sciences with the theme, ‘’Physical Sciences: Innovation through Diversity for Sustainable Development’’ at the New Chemistry Auditorium.

Describing the conference as ‘timely and unique, the Vice-Chancellor noted that no tertiary institution could achieve meaningful progress  without research, emphasizing that research was critical to development of new ideas or innovation that drive growth and progress in society and nation.

She reckoned that the conference came at a time the University was seeking visibility and desirous of sharing research knowledge and results of other people’s researches across the globe

Prof. Florence Obi said the conference would also help to build the capacity of young academics, especially in research, as part of their continuous professional growth and development.

She said the conference has offered staff and students the privilege to present their papers and carry out researches especially in contemporary areas, even as she charged all participants to be focused on others to achieve results.

 “We want our students to know that, once they come into Ph.D programme, they must learn to present their research findings in conferences and publish them in reputable Journals by so doing, their capacities will be improved because they go out as the University ambassadors,” she said.

Also, the Dean, faculty of physical Science of the University of Calabar, Professor Ayi A Ayi hailed the conference, saying it provides a valuable opportunity for research scientists, industry specialists, and decision-makers to share their experiences.

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