By James Sowole
The Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Auburn University, Alabama, USA, as part of efforts to deepen its academic programmes,
The MoU, which essentially is to facilitate exchange of students and staff, and research collaboration among other benefits between the two universities, was signed by the AAUA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun.
The MoU came barely four months after AAUA signed a similar document with Alabama State University, USA to expand its global partnerships and broaden opportunities for its staff and students.
In his remark, Ajibefun expressed delight at the development, which he described as worthwhile and promised to maximise the partnership in the interest of the university.
The President of Auburn, Dr. Jay Gogue, expressed delight with the partnership and expressed hope that it would yield good fruits.
Meanwhile, AAUA has emerged the overall winner of the maiden edition of Professor Akinsola Akiwowo Inter-university Debate Competition, which held at Obafemi Awolowo, University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The debate titled, ‘Ethno-religious Bigotry: The Mother of Terrorism’, was organised by the Nigerian Sociology and Anthropology Students Association (NSASA) of OAU. It featured the host institution, University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, Ekiti State University, University of Osun and Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.
Miss Ifeoluwa Oluwatuase (400-level) and Mr. Samson Adeoye (300-level), both of the Sociology Department of AAUA, were declared overall winners at the end the third and final stage of the competition.
Receiving the winner’s plaque in his office, the Head, Department of Sociology, Dr. Femi Tinuola, said, “this victory is a display of the ability and responsiveness of our students who have yielded to adequate and effective training by the crop of lecturers in the department. The victory is dedicated to Igbekele, our Vice-Chancellor, who provided the enabling environment for such a giant victory.”
He said the department was excited about the feat despite receiving the invitation to participate in the competition very late, adding that the victory was not unconnected with the track record of excellence in the university.