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The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede has expressed the University administration interest to incorporate space science and technology into the academic programmes of Obafemi Awolowo University.
This, he noted, would consolidate the reputation of OAU as a frontier University, not only in Africa but in the whole world.

Professor Ogunbodede said this in his remarks while hosting the management team of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTEE) led by Dr. Ganiyu Agbaje, in his office.

The OAU helmsman hinted that he would seize the opportunity o ARCSSTEE’s visit to introduce space technology to the University’s Curricular, saying it will bring a lot of improvements to the University in terms of research and technological advancement.

He also expressed readiness to involve personnel from outside the University to set up the programme, if the need arises, while also imploring the Centre to partner with the African Institute of Science Policy & Innovation (AISPI).

“We are going to look at the space programme, and see how we can collaborate to achieve our goal. We need to use your visit to cement certain things and to have direction to follow in leveraging your presence to improve OAU as one of Africa’s most prestigious universities. We would also like collaboration between ARCSSTEE and AISPI, which we know will be very beneficial to OAU”.

Earlier, the Director of ARCSSTEE, Dr. Ganiyu Agbaje said OAU as one of Africa’s leading Universities, should utilize the opportunity of having the Centre within the Institutionto develop it, saying the University would gain much from space research and technology.

He also told the Vice-Chancellor and other principal officers present that although the centre does not have a degree awarding programme, it does have a post-graduate programme which is reputed to be among the best in the world.