Unijos Vice Chancellor lauds research effort of the Nigerian Academia


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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako says Nigerian Academics are becoming global leaders in their respective disciplines through their research on issues that have significant socio-economic importance.

Professor Maimako believes Nigerian Researchers are increasingly raising the standard of their research output and breaking new frontiers in relevant areas of study.

The Vice-Chancellor was speaking during the opening of an International Conference on Globalization, Arts Education and Sustainable development organized by the Department of Arts Education, Faculty of Education, University of Jos.

Represented by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Tor Iorapuu, Professor Maimako noted that Academics the world over are required to publish their research findings as a means of advancing their careers and contributing to societal development and such conferences serve as a veritable platform to achieve these.

He commended the Department of Arts Education for organizing the Conference and enjoined the Participants to make their deliberations robust and impactful.

Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Professor Mary Haggai said the contemporary trend in Education is not just to educate the learner, but to make Education sustainable through interactive strategies in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Professor Haggai stressed that the Faculty aims to improve teaching methods and research techniques of its Staff as well as learning skills of its Students through the adoption of new paradigms in specialized communication and classroom delivery.

According to her, the Educator’s role has changed over time and rapid advances in technology has made it imperative for the Teacher to utilize the diverse channels of information and knowledge generation for higher productivity.

Head of Department, Arts Education, Dr Gloria Ojo represented by Dr Yakubu Sanda said the Department was made up of Four Units – English Education, History and International Studies Education, French Education and Religion Education. Dr Ojo explained that such diversity of disciplines had created an ideal forum for an all-encompassing theme for the Conference. For Dr Ojo, this would enable the Participants present their research efforts, pedagogical practices and innovative measures that would help practitioners and students alike to understand and engage complex school situations and the work environment.

She noted that basic competences and knowledge expectations of the past have now given way to higher levels of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and creativity, and assured that the papers presented during the Conference will be compiled and published as an international journal.

The Conference featured Panel Discussions on Globalization, Education and Business: Creating and Managing a Sustainable Future with Professor James Sunday Etim of the Winston Salem State University, North Carolina, USA, presenting the Keynote Address. Other Speakers included Professor Cletus Gotan of the Faculty of Education, University of Jos, Professor Dinatu Iwala of the Nasarawa State University and Professor Dada of the Federal University, Wukari among others.      


Abdullahi Abdullahi

Principal Assistant Registrar, Information and Publications,

University of Jos