The Vice-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alikie, Ebonyi State, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba has commended the French Government for collaborating with the university on postgraduate scholarship, for which 35 academic staff of the institution are presently studying in various world-acclaimed French Universities.

The Vice-Chancellor made his feeling known recently when he visited the out-going French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Denys Gauer at Abuja to bid him farewell as he concludes his diplomatic mission in Nigeria aftertwo and a half years.

Expressing his gratitude to the Ambassador for his dedication to the postgraduate partnership with the university as highlighted by his visit to the institution in 2017, the Vice-Chancellor also thanked the envoy for making it possible for him to meet with the French President, Emmanuel Macron in the course of his official visit to Nigeria recently.

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He further reiterated the university’s resolve to groom a critical mass of French-trained academics in the university who will drive its culture of excellence, integrity and internationalization. The Vice-Chancellor also used the opportunity to request for more admission quota for staff in the Social Sciences and Humanities in order to balance the impact of the postgraduate collaboration across the university.

While expressing his delight on the progress France has made in its relationships with Nigeria, the envoy noted that the postgraduate collaboration with Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State was the zenith of his achievement in the country,pledging to work towards expanding it to other mutual-benefiting areas.

The Vice-Chancellor who was accompanied to the visit by the Coordinator of AE-FUNAI – French Collaboration, Dr. NnnenaNwosu-Nworuh and the Director of the Centre for Development Assistance Management and Training (CEDAMPAT), Mr. Chris Uwadoka, presented the Ambassador with an art work produced by the university’s Fine and Applied Arts department.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor has announced the elevation of the Coordinating Office of AE-FUNAI – French Collaboration to full directorate with Dr. Nwosu-Nworuh as the new Director. He noted that the decision became imperative in order to streamline the activities of the directorate and make it more purpose-driven.

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