As part of activities of repositioning the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife for global relevance, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. E.O. Ogunbodede has signed an MOU with Towson University, Towson, US. TU is the second largest public university in the state of Maryland with a nationally rated Cyber Security programme,
designated by the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security of US as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education in 2002 and in Cyber Operations in 2013. TU is one of only 19 institutions in US to receive the NSA/DHS Cyber Operations designation. The TU team led by were on campus between 17th January – 21st January, 2018 in order to establish a strong partnership between Towson University and Obafemi Awolowo University; especially in respect of the OAU Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) project. At the signing event, the VC expressed optimism that the MOU will signal an onset of an active, mutually benefitting collaboration between the two Universities. The TU team comprised of Prof. David Alan Vanko, Dean, Fisher College of Science and Mathematics; Prof. Siddharth Kaza, Chairperson, Department of Computer Science; Prof. Clare Muhoro, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Prof. Yeong-Tae Song, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science.
The team also met with the University management, members of OAU ACE team led by the Co-Centre leader, Prof. G.A. Aderounmu; Dean, Faculty of Science, Prof. (Mrs.) O. Adedeji alongside Prof. Owolabi Ajayi and Dr. Adekola, Head, Department of Geology; Head, Department of Computer Science, Dr. Odejobi and students/staff of the department. On second day of the visit, Prof. Clare Muhoro made presentation on Grants Writing and Manuscript Preparation. Drawing extensively on over two decades experience as a University researcher, Science Partnerships Advisor; and Science and Technology Policy Fellow, USAID, Prof. Clare in a simple but profoundly rich narrative took the over sixty participants selected across faculties and units in the University through the process of grant seeking. Professors Imasogie and Popoola, the Deans of Faculty of Technology and Education were also in attendance.