Collaboration agreement signed with university from Nigeria

By University Communications
November 2, 2015
UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer, right, speaks with A.S. Gbadegesin, vice chancellor of LAUTECH university in Nigeria, during a collaboration agreement signing Friday, Oct. 23, at UW-Stout.

Photo: A.S. Gbadegesin and Bob Meyer

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer signed an agreement Friday, Oct. 23, with a Nigerian university to collaborate on research, scholarly activity, student and faculty exchanges and other interactions.

Meyer signed the agreement with A.S. Gbadegesin, vice chancellor for Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, in Nigeria. Gbadegesin also is chief executive officer of the university, akin to a chancellor in Wisconsin.

LAUTECH is a relatively new university, about 25 years old, compared to UW-Stout’s 125-year history, but the two leaders said faculty, staff and students of both universities can learn much from each other.

“We are so pleased to enter into this agreement with you,” Meyer told Gbadegesin at the signing ceremony in the Chancellor’s Conference Room at UW-Stout. “This will be a fantastic opportunity for our students, faculty and staff.”

Gbadegesin said he is interested in exploring a number of areas of collaboration between the two institutions, including vocational and technical education, curriculum development, research and vocational rehabilitation.

The Nigerian delegation has been in Menomonie since Wednesday. The group toured UW-Stout facilities and met with university officials. “It has been wonderful to be here,” Gbadegesin said.

Abel Adekola, dean of the College of Management, said there also is an opportunity to collaborate with LAUTECH on leadership development and online education.

The visit could mark a beginning in a renewed effort to attract more Nigerian and other African students to UW-Stout, Adekola said.

“We have not done enough with Africa,” he said, noting that there was a large Nigerian student population at UW-Stout in the 1980s. “We need to get back to that.”