THE German government through relevant institutions is partnering the University of Benin (UNIBEN) to create awareness and showcase opportunities that will enhance academic growth.
In line with the goals, a three-day capacity-building and development training workshop for academic staff, researchers and scholars at the University of Benin has been held in the institution.
The workshop was a partnership between the German Academy Exchange Service, Alexander Von Humboldt and Deutsche Forschungsgemeischaft.
The Consul-General of the German Embassy in Nigeria, Ingo Herbert, listed areas of interest as special programmes, scholarships for prospective scholars, lecturers and academic researches.
Ingo, who was the special guest of honour at the occasion, said the German Embassy in Nigeria has the highest number of applicants seeking German scholarship to study in Germany, while, India and China have the largest number of foreign students in German universities.
He said, “We are very grateful for the initiative of the University of Benin to organise such a workshop together with the relevant institutions in Germany, which are responsible for special programmes and scholarships for academic researches. We hope to strengthen that relationship”.
The vice chancellor of the university, Professor Faraday Orumwense, said the workshop was meant to improve the capacity and interest of lecturers in the University of Benin to scholarly works research.
Orumwense, whose welcome address was delivered by the deputy vice chancellor (Academics), Professor Abiodun Falodun, assured that the programme would strengthen prospective scholars/fellowships and applicants on how to write proposals that would skyrocket their academic research activities.
A professor of Agronomy/Plant Physiology, Clem Adeboye, said beneficiaries of international exchange academic programmes must be able to prove their mettle in the field of research that would earn international awards and reputation in their field of study.
The Head of Information and Library, Goethe-Institute, Nigeria Cultural Centre, Sufarat Balogun, gave tips on visa requirements for scholars who want to study in Germany, stressing the need for Nigeria students seeking to study abroad to have the drive and right information.