Talks have been ongoing between the Management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and the authorities of Delaware State University, U.S.A on the ways of fostering exchange programs.

Receiving a delegation from the Delaware State University recently in his office, the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Charles. O. Esimone, FAS expressed his delight in the vision of the University to extend collaboration with foreign universities. The Vice-Chancellor walked down memory lane to acquaint the visitors of the drive of his administration to be amongst the best 200 Universities in the world through sustained academic reforms and capacity building network. He informed the team of the earlier collaboration which the University had with foreign institutions, namely; Xiamen University, China (for our Confucius Institute), the University of Sandiego (for an exchange program, for our School of Pharmacy),four Professors from Germany to teach our students German language in the Department of Modern and European Languages; two Professors from Spain to teach the Spanish language to our students and so on.

He further informed them that the University is in partnership with CHISCO Group, a transportation company that saw to the establishment of CHISCO INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORTATION STUDIES. Prof. Esimone later charged the delegation to consider two major areas of collaboration with the University such as Aviation Management, Agriculture and Pharmacy.

Earlier in his opening address, the Vice-President of Delaware State University and the leader of the delegation Antonio Boyle thanked the Vice-Chancellor for receiving them. He expressed hope of a potential partnership with the University. Mr. Boyle said that Delaware State University was established in 1891 and the graduates are well-doing.

Stressing on the unique features of the University, Dr. Emeka O. Morah who is a consultant with Delaware State University said that students coming from UNIZIK will be treated as US students. He said that every student at Delaware State University owns a laptop, stating that they have a history in understanding how things work. Dr. Morah assured the Vice-Chancellor that on graduation, the Management team of the University would be invited to celebrate with their students. He further sought for staff exchange programs between UNIZIK and Delaware State University where lectures will interchange ideas and broaden their knowledge. He, however, affirmed the readiness of the University to support UNIZIK at all times stating that our institution is the third in the series of universities in Nigeria they had come to explore opportunities of linkages. He listed Godfrey Okoye University and Coal City University (both in Enugu State) as the places they had visited. Meanwhile, Dr. Morah frowned at the laissezfaire attitude of our people in tackling the challenges before them, noting that “We lack the spirit of following up a matter”.

Concluding the discussion, the Vice-Chancellor assured the team that the University shall come up with proposals soonest on the key programs they shall collaborate with Delaware State University. He mandated the Management team present to identify the key programs within two weeks for onward presentation to the National Universities Commission (NUC) for approval. The Vice-Chancellor prayed for the commencement of the program(s) by the next academic session all things being equal. He enjoined the team to solicit the students’ opinions through sampling while articulating their program.
In their various contributions, the members of Management present at the occasion extolled the vision of the Vice-Chancellor in his effort to lift the University to a greater height. According to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Frederick Odibo, “With co-operation from Delaware University, we shall key into the lofty project of the Vice-Chancellor (#Project200). The Director of International Collaboration and Linkage, Prof. IfeomaEnweani sued for the inculcation of the curriculum in the collaborative venture. The Director, Continuing Education Programme (CEP), Prof. Ada Sam Omenyi, on her part, expressed delight in the partnership program.

Also present during the occasion were the Director, Academic Planning, Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu and the Deputy Director, International Collaboration and Linkage, Dr. Sunday Nduka.