Issue date: 15 February 2013
UWE Bristol is getting ready to welcome Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, who will be arriving at the Frenchay campus on Monday 18 February with his management team.
Professor Adewole, who lectured at the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan from 1997 until being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2010, is coming to UWE Bristol as part of the partnership formed with the Nigerian University to deliver an MSc in Construction Project Management. The programme, which currently has 24 students enrolled, is run by Colin Booth across both university sites. Students study in Ibadan for the first semester, UWE Bristol for the second semester and there is an option to stay on or return home to complete the final dissertation module.
The main focus of the visit will be to discuss further ways in which the two universities can broaden the scope of academic collaboration, most notably across the forensic science, molecular biology, genetics, business and law and construction management subject areas. Professor Adewole will also meet with Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, Steve West, again with a view to deepening the partnership between the two academic institutions.
Professor Adewole said "The visit will afford a consolidation of the newly-commenced UI-UWE Joint Master degree programe in Construction Project Management, which is novel in the construction field in Nigeria. Given the huge infrastructural deficit in Sub-Saharan Africa, the capacity to be built through the programme is more germane at this time than ever.
"We are happy to be in UWE to explore the expansion of the budding relationship between both institutions to also cover fields of Medicine, Business and Law. This collaboration is in tandem with the Internationalisation Strategic Plan of UI."
Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Olomolaiye, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology, commented that, “UWE Bristol is excited to welcome the Vice-Chancellor and his team from Nigeria's Premier University of Ibadan to Bristol.
“With British Council support under the UK Prime Ministers Initiative (PMI2) the two institutions have developed a joint Master's degree in Construction Project Management to build capacity for Infrastructural Development across Africa. The first set of students have arrived at Bristol and this visit celebrates the partnership which will be extended into Health and Business related subject areas in the coming years.”