The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has indicated the university’s readiness to collaborate with the Universities of Armsterdam and Nairobi on studies in the area of Paediatric Oncology.
The Vice-Chancellor gave this indication in a chat with a visiting Professor of Paediatric Oncology from the University of Armsterdam, Professor Gertjan Kaspers, who paid him a courtesy call as part of his one-day working visit to the university’s Department of Paediatrics in the College of Health Sciences, to deepen discussions bordering on Paediatric Oncology.
Professor Ogunbodede who said the University administration is looking forward to concretizing the tripartite collaboration, assured the guest that the university has all that will be required to make the collaboration successful, noting that it is not sheer coincidence that the idea of the collaboration is coming up now that the University is overhauling the curricular of its various programmes to accommodate the realities of the present-day.
The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the collaboration will not only help project the image of the University, it will also provide a solid pedestal for the training of staff and students, and for research. While appreciating the visiting professor for his interest in OAU, Ogunbodede charged the leadership of the College and the Department of Paediatrics to set machinery in motion to actualize the collaboration within the shortest possible time.
Speaking, Professor Gertjan Kaspers, who thanked his hosts for the warm reception, said his home-country encourages collaborations with other academics, researchers and institutions all over the world, for the betterment of mankind, adding that through collaborative efforts, a sub-Saharan hospital was set up in Kenya.
He continued that the complementing resource centre is now to be established through a foundation for the outreach project and international collaboration, highlighting the great benefits that the exchange of knowledge and ideas will bring to the collaborators.
Professor Gertjan Kaspers submitted that with all that he met on ground in the University, he is certain that the collaboration will be successful.
He was led to the office of the Vice-Chancellor by a six-man team from the College of Health Sciences comprising the Provost Professor Kayode Ijadunola; the Deputy Provost, Professor Ayo Salako; the Head, Department of Paediatrics, Professor Wasiu Olowu; Professor Gbenga Adeodu and Dr. Femi Adefehinti of the Department of Paediatrics; and Dr. Gbade Adedeji of the Department of Chemical Pathology.