FUTA, WORLDFISH BEGIN COLLABORATION
In a collaborative effort to develop scientific and technical cooperation and accelerate the progress of research and training in the area of aquaculture and fisheries, The Federal University of Technology Akure FUTA and WorldFish Penang, Malaysia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Abuja . The collaboration is to engender scientific and technical cooperation between both institutions. The Director General, World Fisheries Center (WFC) Dr Garreth Stone signed on behalf of his institution while the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development, Professor Phillip Oguntunde signed on behalf of FUTA. The Benefitting department of the agreement in FUTA is Fisheries and Aquaculture, School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology SAAT.
WorldFish is an international, nonprofit, scientific research center created to conduct, stimulate and accelerate research on fisheries and other living aquatic resources for sustainable benefits of the present and future generations of low-income users in developing countries. Under the terms of the agreement, FUTA will benefit from exchange of visiting scholars, faculty and post-doctoral fellows. It will also involve collaboration in fields of mutual research interest namely fisheries, aquaculture, climate change impacts, management and food security; exchange of scholarly information; and holding of joint seminars, workshops, lectures and conferences.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape said the agreement with World Fish Centre is in tandem with FUTA’s pursuit of excellence and collaboration with leading national and global institutions. He reiterated FUTA’s commitment to excellence in learning and research stating that the institution will continue to partner with world class institution in its bid to keep up with global best practices in academic achievements. He assured WFC that FUTA had the capacity to make the partnership a success. On his part Dr. Stone expressed optimism that the collaboration will be profitable in the short and long term to both parties.
The MoU which was initiated in June 2019 was facilitated by Dr Mrs. Lydia Adeleke of FUTA’s Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture with inputs from Dr Oluyemi Gbadamosi of the same Department; Project Director WFC, Dr. David Shearer; WFC Country Director, Nigeria, Professor Baba Ahmed; WFC Country Director, Egypt and Nigeria, Dr K Harrison; Aquaculture Compact Leader, Professor B Fregene, and WFC, Project Head Dr Sunil.