“Universities Treat Us As Kings and Queens” - South African Professor
A South African Professor of Education, Lungi Sosibo, from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa, has stated that mastery of technicalities of proposal writing is important in attracting funds to institutions in Africa.
The curriculum development specialist made the assertion in a meeting with the members of the management committee of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria during her visit to the College on Tuesday, 24th September, 2019 at the Centre for Education Technology in the institution.
According to her, skills in writing fund-attracting proposals would make university authorities treat such academic staff with respect, noting that her visit to the College is to share her experience with the College community of scholars with the aim of sharpening their skills.
“Our universities treat us as kings and queens because we attract grants which the universities seriously need for their sustenance. You need to invest time and energy to have a mastery of the skills to attract funds to your institution,” she stated.
The head, Department of Senior Phase + Further Education Training (SP+FET) added that: “You need to be smart about it even though it is technical in nature. We need to learn from each other, share skills within the African continent, share ideas and maybe sign an MOU.”
Earlier, the Provost of Adeyemi College, Dr. Samuel Akintunde had lamented that funds remain unaccessed by the teaching staff of the College because the senior academics were yet to master the technicalities involved in writing proposals that win grants to the College.
He had enjoined the visiting professor to impart the skill to the College scholars during her one-week stay in the College.
“We would like you to impart skills of mastering the technicalities of proposal writing that have not been mastered by the ‘egg heads’ and improve our skills of writing proposals that will be accepted anywhere in the world,” the Provost stated.
The visit of the professor was facilitated by the Director, International Linkages and Research, Dr. Bridget Awosika.
Dr. Awosika stated that she was glad that the visit would culminate in an MOU being signed by the Nigerian College and the South African Cape Peniusula University of Technology as promised by the visiting professor in her earlier remark.
She further stated that she is optimistic that the short stay of Professor Sosibo would contribute to building capacity of staff in area of research and writing.
Meanwhile, the 1989 set of alumni of the College presented a portrait to the Provost, also an alumnus, to mark its 30th anniversary of graduation from the College a forth night ago.
Mr. David Olaoye presented the portrait to Dr. Samuel Akintunde who graduated in 1990 from the College, on behalf of the set who had come from various parts of the globe to find a way of giving back to their alma mater.
Present at the event were Principal Officers of the College and members of the College Management Committee.