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  • By Professor B.N. Okolo Vice Chancellor And Professor Jerry Ugwuanyi Coordinator
  • Salutation … Warm greetings from the University of Nigeria- The cradle of university education in Nigeria
  • The Background
    • The Federal Government of Nigeria applied to UNESCO for the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Biotechnology, to be domiciled at the University of Nigeria.
    • This center is expected to be a regional center for West Africa and also serve other parts of Africa.
  • Our Mission
    • To inform you, as important stakeholders in the region, of this initiative.
    • To solicit your support at the UNESCO Council Meeting for the approval of the proposal to UNESCO, for the establishment of the Center at the University of Nigeria.
  • Our Delivery Plan
    • The Founding of the University of Nigeria
    • UNN Growth Profile
    • Our Accomplishments
    • Research & Development Landmarks
    • Our Strengths
    • Our Pride
    • Some Current Collaborations
    • Campus Tour
    • Our Concept
    Our Delivery Plan can only be explained with some historical background and structure of UNN, viz-a-viz;
  • The Founding of the University of Nigeria
    • The University of Nigeria was founded 50 years ago and is, thus, Nigeria’s oldest University.
    • This idea was that of Nigeria’s first indigenous president, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe , who studied at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania, USA).
    • UNN was designed after the American-style land grant university, based on a blueprint from Michigan State University (MSU).
  • The Founding of the University of Nigeria (cont’d)
    • The founder of the University aimed at relating its activities to the social & economic needs and day-to-day lives of the people of Africa.
    • And so, the courses of study at UNN were devised to enable our youth rediscover themselves & dedicate their lives anew to the building of a new nation.
    • Particularly in the fields of Agriculture, Engineering, Home Science, Business Administration, Environmental Sciences, Law & Education.
  • The University: Philosophy, Motto & Vision
    • Philosophy:
    • To seek Truth, teach Truth and preserve Truth.
    • Motto:
    • To Restore the Dignity of Man.
    • Vision Statement:
    • To create a functional, Globally competitive & research-focused University which is not just an Ivory Tower, but responsive to the needs of the society, while delivering World-class education and Knowledge.
  • Our Growth Profile
    • Student population has grown from 220 in 1960 to over 35,000.
    • Academic staff have grown from less than 100 in 1960 to about 1,700.
    • Number of faculties has grown from 2 to 16.
    • While the number of departments has grown from 6 in 1960 to 106, plus 5 sub-departments.
  • Our Growth Profile (continued)
    • In addition, we have 10 academic institutes/centres, a school of postgraduate studies and a school of general studies.
    • Number of campuses has grown from 1 to 4.
    • We currently offer 212 postgraduate programmes.
    • About 5,000 undergraduate students earn degrees each year from the University of Nigeria.
  • Accomplishments
    • Our history is full of accomplishments for which we are proud.
    • Our alumni continue to excel in national professional examinations in fields of law, medicine, engineering, accountancy, etc.
    • This reflects the standard of training we offer.
  • Accomplishments (continued)
    • Such excellence is often repeated in the diaspora, where our alumni shine bright as postgraduate students, employees or entrepreneurs.
    • Many of our alumni also grow to become captains of industry even in the diaspora.
  • Research & Development Landmarks
    • Development of a cholera vaccine.
    • Development of the menu for malting of Sorghum for the production of confectionaries and alcoholic beverages.
    • Discovery of a raw starch-digesting amylase.
    • Discovery of an alternative to hops for use in beer brewing.
    • Breeding of new crop varieties (tomatoes, pepper, solanium, green beans, etc.)
  • Research & Development Landmarks (continued)
    • Micro-propagation of endangered food and medicinal plants for conservation.
    • Development of tissue culture protocols for propagation of under-utilized forest species for domestication.
    • Discovery of drug for managing diabetes, sickle cell anaemia and asthma.
    • Discovery of an anti-snake venom.
  • Research & Development Landmarks (continued)
    • Invention of a drug-testing kit.
    • Invention of machines for the processing of local foods, e.g. peeling of cassava, shelling of melon and rice, etc.
    • Pioneered the village adoption scheme in agricultural extension.
    • Over 30 other inventions awaiting commercialisation.
  • Our Strengths
    • Innovations in Biotechnology
    • Agricultural Sciences (Agronomy, Extension, etc)
    • Economics, Sociology and Anthropology.
    • African Studies.
    • Creative Arts (Music, Drama, Pure & Applied Arts).
    • Drug discovery and formulation from African Bio-diversity.
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery, Tropical Medicine and Public Health.
  • Our Pride
    • We pride ourselves of being a legacy institution & have a record of producing leaders. Examples include:
      • The current Vice President of World Bank (African Region – Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili).
      • Chinua Achebe; the author of “Things Fall Apart”.
      • Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie; Renowned writer.
      • Three serving State Governors.
      • Two serving Ministers.
      • A number of Federal and State Legislators.
        • The past Governor of the Central Bank.
  • Support Facilities Largest library & library holding of any Nigerian University Modern electronic/ digital library facilities and vast online resources 83 room full service International Scholars village (ISV) 60 room guest house on campus High quality & reliable municipal services High speed ubiquitous wired and wireless university-wide internet access
  • Some Current Collaborations Institution s Field African Technology Policy Studies Network, Kenya - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK Several North Dakota State University, USA Several University of South Florida, Tampa (cooperative agreement universal consortium on landslides) History, Sociology and Anthropology New York State University at Oswego Entrepreneurship Kenesaw State University, Atlanta, GA, USA STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics), Early Childhood Education and Nursing The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Agricultural Sciences University of Tsukuba, Japan Life Sciences
  • Some Current Collaborations (continued) Institution s Field Bridgewater State University, Boston, USA Technology, Staff and Student Exchanges University of Maryland, USA Bio-sciences, Medical Sciences and Nursing Michigan State University, USA - University of Nottingham, UK Veterinary Medicine University of Pittsburgh, USA Public Health University of Hokkaido, Japan Life Sciences University of Delph, Netherlands Electronic Engineering
  • A Brief Tour of the University (main campus)
  • Our Biotechnology Centre
  • The North Entrance to the University
  • South Access Road to the University
  • The Main Drive Way into Nsukka Campus
  • The Lion Triangle
  • A Typical Street Within the Main Campus
  • A Typical Street Within the Main Campus
  • A Typical Street Within the Main Campus
  • A Typical Street Within the Main Campus
  • A Typical Street Within the Main Campus
  • A Typical Street Within the Main Campus
  • The Hilly Landscape of Nsukka Campus
  • The Hilly Landscape of Nsukka Campus
  • The New Nnamdi Azikiwe Library
  • The New Nnamdi Azikiwe Library
  • A Section of the interior of the New Library
  • A Section of the interior of the New Library
  • An Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory
  • Faculty of Arts building
  • Faculty of Arts building
  • Inside the Faculty of Arts Complex
  • Fine & Applied Arts Sculptors
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering (labs)
  • Faculty of Engineering (auditorium)
  • Faculty of Law (Enugu Campus)
  • Margareth Ekpo dining hall
  • Female accommodation hall
  • Evening shot of female accommodation hall
  • Road leading to Freedom Square
  • Freedom Square Roundabout
  • List of Centers, Schools and Institutes Centres Schools and Institutes Centre for Energy Research and Development School of General Studies Center for Rural Development & Cooperatives School of Post Graduate Studies Center for Entrepreneurial and Development Research. Institute of Developmental Studies Center for Basic Space Research Institute of Education Center for Innovation &Technology Incubation Institute of African Studies Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials Center Centre of Technical Vocational Education and Research
  • The Institute of African Studies
  • Center for Innovation and Technology Incubation
  • Continuing Education Center (CEC)
  • Continuing Education Center (CEC)
  • School of Post Graduates
  • The Postgraduate Hostel
  • The Senior Staff Club
  • The Senior Staff Club
  • The University Stadium (Under construction)
  • The University Stadium (Under construction)
  • Administration Blocks
  • The New Administration block (rear)
  • The New Administration block (rear)
  • The New Administration block (Front)
  • The New Administration block (Front)
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  • PROPOSAL
    • CONCEPT AND OPERATION OF THE BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
  • University of Nigeria International Institute for Biotechnology. A UNESCO Category II Centre of Excellence
  • UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA
    • Improving Biotechnology Education and
    • Practice in (West) Africa by Leveraging
    • UNESCO Goodwill.
    • Presented to
    • National Delegations of West Africa to UNESCO
    • 17 th December 2010
    • UNESCO Headquarters, Paris
  • Funding the Institute
    • Public Sector funding from the government of Nigeria
    • Public sector contributions from collaborating national governments (staff secondment, donation)
    • Contributions from the University of Nigeria
    • Contributions from Collaborating institution (staff secondment, equipment placement and use-where-is basis, etc) A
    • Grant in aid, research grants, contract research and international donor agencies, global competitive grants
    • Contributions from Biotech Industries in form of contract and commercial research, CSR donation
    • Incubation facility and commercialization
    • Goodwill donations (subject to Board control)
    • Donations from international and multilateral bodies
  • Services to Research /Industry
    • Teaching; own & visiting postdoctoral & doctoral researchers and scholars
    • Scheduled international conferences, seminars & webinars
    • International & Structured workshops in advanced biotech
    • International Master of Biotech programs in collaboration with Universities. Collaborative multi-location PhD research
    • Base for implementation of grant funded cutting edge research/
    • Bench space for fee
    • Educational and training activities to transfer knowledge in biotechnology
    • Undertake research, scientific Investigation & development in collaboration with relevant research centres in the region & beyond
  • Services to Research /Industry
    • Mentoring for young researchers & new techniques training
    • Capacity building, non-certificate training for industries to address felt needs
    • Contract research for industry
    • Provision of specialist top end research facilities
    • Collection & provision of globally available information/ establishment of data bank
    • Collection and dissemination, through networking of relevant local knowledge
    • Dissemination of outcomes of research activities through publications & other media
    • Promote collaborative research and networking in specific areas of biotechnology
    • Enhance exchange and mobility of scientists at the regional and supra-regional levels
  • Services to Governments
    • Work with collaborating institutions and intergovernmental agencies to provide expert advice in biotechnology policies
    • Collaborate in Conduct of specialized/ classified investigations
    • Provide international, general and specialised culture collection & gene banks
    • Related Biotechnology Education: Train & retrain staff
    • Other services related to centre mandate and sector SPO
    • Control and reduce drain of quality manpower from the region
  • Institutional Focus
    • Food Security through advanced biotechnology (crop, animal and microbial biotechnology related to food production and improvement)
    • Tropical disease research
      • Bioresources management and gene banking & culture collection (Microbial, plant and animal/ tissue)
      • Conservation / environmental research related to the above
  • Food Security Research
    • Sustainable exploitation of bioresources and biomass
    • Regional facility for culture collection/ gene banking
    • Development of high yielding, adaptable and resistant varieties suited for the region to serve food/ forestry/ pharma (eye on global environmental change effects on food productivity)
    • Mass propagation of endangered tropical plants with potential for bioactive compounds and nutritional value (e.g. protein sweetners)
    • Containment facilities for progeny testing
    • Advisory functions to government on related matters
  • Tropical Diseases Research
    • Treatment/ control & eradication strategies for major tropical diseases
    • Cell and tissue culture for the rapid screening of active compounds
    • Research & development of biotech vaccines against tropical diseases
    • Characterisation & formulation of active compounds into suitable dosage forms
    • *Developments in this field will take place in the region where the problems exist
  • Tropical Diseases Research
    • Refine traditional control methods & develop new ones
    • Work with tertiary medical facilities to develop & test new treatment strategies
    • Explore & exploit available biodiversity in the region based on environmentally sustainable strategies
  • Basic Operational Zone
  • Target Collaborators
    • Universities in the West African (over 200 universities have some form of biotech activity or other) and other Regions of Africa
    • National Research Institutes in the regions (government owned and controlled institutes with biotechnology activity as whole or part of the mandate)
    • International Institutes in the regions (e.g. IITA, ILRI) and beyond (multilaterally owned and controlled institutes and centres, e.g., ICGEB labs).
    • South – South Institutes, Multilateral and other International institutes active in Biotech research
    • Independent institutes with biotechnology expertise
  • Structure for Cooperation UNN UNESCO FGN CAT II Governments, International Universities & Institutes, Industry, Multilaterals, others FMST FMH FMA&WR NABDA & Special agencies Universities & inter- University centres Biotech Establishment
  • Governance, Organisation & Structure
    • Independent of government / university in day to day pursuit of mandate
    • International trust council or Governing Board as for similar UNESCO supported facilities responsible for centre’s funding & strategic focus, international status, terms of collaboration etc.
    • Independent Local Management Council- Centre day to day scientific activities and project implementation.
    • UNESCO will be involved in all critical events (workshops, conferences, trainings, seminars and other international events)
    • Periodic report to UNESCO on all activities of the centre
    • Hope to get some level of UNESCO funding support in the conduct of approved activities
  • Proposed: Structure for Operation
    • Governance and Control
    • Governing Board (highest authority): Include international experts / enthusiasts, from across the region and beyond and to include critical stakeholders (organizations and governments)
    • The Board shall have powers for all aspects of administration and control (budget, work plan, finances, approval of internal control and terms of collaboration/ MOUs)
    • Board members to contribute directly/indirectly to centre activities and policies. Capacity to attract international goodwill and funding will be critical
    • Local Management (include unit heads & team leaders)
    • The Executive Committee (University and Board action to appoint)
    • Day-to-day management of the Centre (to be headed by the Director) in consultation with the Board
    • The Programme Advisory Committee (Honorary?)
    • To provide technical advice for planning, execution, review and monitoring of the scientific programme of the centre
    • The Secretariat
    • To execute the day-to-day activities of the Centre (Director and staff)
    • Board shall appoint Director
  • Basic Management Model
  • Service to the Region & Beyond
    • Promote biotechnology research that address regional challenges
    • Create and reinforce networks for exchange of scientific, technical and policy information
    • Develop and coordinate collaborative and cooperative research by specifically harnessing regional competences in a single block
    • Organise knowledge transfer and sharing activities with regional emphasis
        • Promote capacity building at regional levels
        • Create a hub and network of biotech experts in the region
        • Work to develop a network of satellite centres in the region
        • Plug into and advance bases for South – South cooperation in biotechnology
  • Prospects and Sustainability
    • Government funding
    • International goodwill
    • University support
    • Industry support
    • Commercial research/ consultancy
    • Marketable products & services / project incubation
    • Fees, charges and sundry income
    • THANKS FOR LISTENING