Officials of Novus International and their representatives in the country, Norgem (Nigeria) Limited recently visited the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), to explore the possibility of establishing a technical co-operation with the University.

The Director of Novus International for Latin American and Africa, Dr. Luis Azevedo, while expressing the intention of his firm to venture into official relationship with the University, said they are world leaders in providing Animal Nutrition and Health and were interested in exploring the possibility of coming to FUNAAB, just like what they did in 2006, when they sponsored graduate students from some leading Universities in China. According to him, “we see ourselves more as a company that is interested in innovation and technology in the field of Animal Nutrition and Health and plans to be a key player in the growth of animal production in Africa; with Nigeria being the key market needed to broaden the establishment”.

In actualizing these plans, the Director pointed out that it was very important to have a very close relationship with Universities, not only in terms of validating the technologies that were developed, but also in developing the people by adapting these technologies to market needs. Dr. Azevedo stressed that Novus International was looking forward to reforming its relationship with the academia so that “we can do a trial together that can evolve in terms of knowledge transfer, evolve in developing the faculty, developing the students, better preparing the students for the market and bridging the gap that exist between academia and the industry”.He pointed out through the relationship; students in Animal Agriculture would be encouraged to develop strong research programmes, while international perspective opportunities would be open to students to do internship at the Novus International headquarters in the United States of America.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole assured the delegates of the University’s willingness to partner with them, adding that researches in FUNAAB were usually tailored towards addressing industrial needs. According to him, the University’s College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM) had the largest concentration of Professors of Animal Science in any Nigerian University. He added that the University would assist the company in any area of interest as well allow the officials of Novus, to teach the students.

The Dean of COLANIM, Professor Christian Ikeobi, who was represented at the occasion by the Head, Department of Animal Nutrition, Professor Oluseyi Oduguwa, disclosed that the activities of Novus was not unfamiliar to the University because a Doctorate student of FUNAAB was already making use of its product for her research work and promised to give the required co-operation for the smooth take-off of the technical co-operation.

Last Updated on December 16, 2014 by admin

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