team of officials from the World Bank and the Association of African
Universities (AAU) paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Folasade
T. Ogunsola, FAS at
the Senate house on Monday, January 23, 2023.
Led by its Monitoring and Evaluation
Assistant, Mr. Schenineda Kweku Ankomah, the team is in the University to
verify the ACE impact project, tagged DLI 7.6 which focuses on the digital
infrastructure and network capacity of the university,
According to Mr. Ankmah, the visit
is part of an assessment exercise by the World Bank on beneficiary institutions such
as the University of Lagos (UNILAG) which received financial support in order to scale up postgraduate education and applied research that are fundamental to
economic growth in the region.
The visit provided an opportunity
for the team to congratulate Professor Ogunsola, following the recent investiture
as the first female Vice-Chancellor of the 60 -year old institution.
In response, the Vice-Chancellor,
Prof. Ogunsola welcomed and thanked the team for the warm wishes. She lauded
the team for the impact the Africa Centers of Excellence project (ACEs) has had
on beneficiary institutions in the region, noting that it continued to address
higher-level skills development needs and innovative research requirements
within the continent.
Prof. Ogunsola while assuring the
team of the institutionâ€™s drive to be fully automated within the next 5 years, revealed
that the DL1 7.6 aligns with some of the universityâ€™s priority development in which
digital technology is apparent.
The World Bank in May 2018 launched
the third phase of the Regional Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence
(ACE) with 15 other Nigerian Universities as beneficiaries.
University of Lagos won the African Centre of Excellence for Drug Research,
Herbal Medicine Development & Regulatory Science (ACE-DHARS) in 2019.
Consequently the World Bank, AAU inspection team is expected to tour the centerâ€™s