Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State, has partnered Engineering Materials Development Institute (EMDI) in Akure, the state capital, on research and capacity development.

The agreement, signed by leadership of both academic institutions, followed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the university Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, and the Managing Director of the Federal Government-owned institute, Dr. Samuel Olusunle.

The MoU is expected to be in effect for a period of three years in the first instance. With the partnership, facilitated by AAUA’s Centre for Research and Development (CRD), both parties will explore areas of common interest for possible collaboration through capacity development and collaborative research and development.

Also, members of staff and a select number of AAUA students will be allowed access to the required facilities of EMDI for academic and research purposes. EMDI is expected to provide opportunities to select students of the university for Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).

The agreement is also expected to make provision for research collaborations in natural and applied sciences, engineering and other related fields and the facilities of any of the parties, which will aid trainings,accreditations, certifications and consultancy, among others.

The VC disclosed that beneficiaries would have access to engineering construction equipment and materials available in the institute, pointing out that the school will make optimal use of the agreement.

The EMDI boss said the institute has had successful partnership with corporations and academic institutions in the state, adding that AAUA will benefit greatly from the partnership.

He urged researchers to make use of the facilities available in the institute, adding that EMDI and AAUA will reap profits from the commercialisation of research results.

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