Active Engagement in Academic Research Gives Varsities Global Recognition- Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has asserted that higher institutions become globally recognised because of their active engagements in research.
Prof Osinbajo stated this on Monday when he received a delegation from the University of Lagos, (UNILAG) Alumni Association, led by the National President, Dr. John Momoh.
This was contained in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande on Monday.
He said, “We should focus on how to endow research because ultimately, research is what puts us on the world map of intellectual achievement and attainment.”
While emphasizing on UNILAG, he called for more resources to be devoted to research, adding that universities like UNILAG, “Ought to be at the frontline of scholarships and intellectual achievements. This is probably a lot cheaper sometimes, than some of the major things that we do in terms of ‘brick and mortar’.”
Using the COVID-19 Pandemic and the place of medical research in tackling the virus as a reference, the Vice President said that, “If you look at medical research especially in the light of public health challenges that we have had, COVID-19, and so many things going on, we need to be able to put some resources behind research, especially scientific type research where we can immediately see the benefits.”
While using example of the work done by the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) in diagnosing the first case of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, he said, “Very few people know that the Redeemers University in Ede has an African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID). As soon as the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa, the sample of blood was sent to the centre in Ede and within 48hours, they were able to share with the international community, the first genome sequence of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) from Africa.
“That was a major achievement by any standard. The World Bank and World Health Organisation are contributing to that centre because they realise that this is a major centre for medical research.
“We really owe a responsibility to our own time and generation to make some real progress that will redefine the university.”