The President, Board of Trustee of ICT University, Louisiana, USA., Professor Victor Mbarika, has said that his institution and Yobe State University would collaborate in research and scholarship.
He said the collaboration would make the state university one of the premier destinations of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and modern areas of IT research.
The University Don stated this while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Vice Chancellor of Yobe State University, Prof. Yakubu Mukhtar, in Damaturu.
The President said that his institution was very keen in the implementation of the designed project.
“After this signing of the MoU, within the period of six to eight weeks, we will do everything possible to fly the equipment from our hub in New York City to Lagos where the equipment will be collected.
“We have equipment for the e-learning and the e-Library and a multi-media equipment to help with the implementation of a Health Technology Diploma Program with this university’s School of Medicine.
“Our goal is to ensure that there is a strong information technology presence or we continue to enhance the presence of IT that this institution already has through the great leadership of Prof. Mukhtar.
“We will be having a lot of lecturers and students exchanges in this institution. I don’t want this to be based on equipment, equipment.
“Our number one goal is research and scholarship and we will ensure that good research comes out of both institutions so that Yobe State will be one of the Premier destinations of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and modern areas of IT Research” the assured.
He said that the equipment worth about N30 million would be made available to the university in pursuit for effective implementation of the MoU.
“We are very seriously keen about our partnership because we are answerable to ICT University Foundation and its funding agencies. So to be fair to them and to the institutions in the developing world that we collaborate with, we want to ensure that we don’t just stop at the signing of MoUs and MoAs but to actually see to their implementations” he added.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Yobe State University, said that the MoU would fast track growth and development of the university, and open ways for future development and various opportunities with other institutions across the globe.
He said, as an institution of higher learning, the university must collaborate with other institutions to attain greatness because “no organization can exist as an Island on itself”.
“That is why I am so pleased with this collaboration and I am sure, Yobe State University is going to benefit immensely from it. We are very keen to give every support to see this MoU to the next level”, he added.