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Nigerian university looks to build collaborative partnership with FVSU

Published: 08/18/15 4:13PM
By: booner

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Fort Valley State University College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology faculty and staff pose at the Houston Stallworth Agricultural Research Building with faculty, staff and students from Gregory University, Uturu in Nigeria Aug. 6.

Fort Valley State University and Gregory University, Uturu (GUU) located in Nigeria, may soon be exchanging knowledge and students after a traveling party consisting of 15 faculty, staff and students from GUU recently visited FVSU Aug 6.

The students, part of an exchange program with Langston University in Okla., visited the U.S. for four weeks before returning to Nigeria on Aug. 10.

Dr. Juliet Elu, a professor and vice chancellor (by proxy) at GUU, said the students and faculty found FVSU’s goat research efforts, processing and the utilization of goat by-products to be most impressive. She said that GUU, which opened its doors in 2012, is a new university in Nigeria, and FVSU will serve as a model for GUU’s agricultural programs. She added that the chancellor of GUU is eager to visit FVSU and sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the university.

Lisa Wilson, director for FVSU’s Office of Sponsored Programs said the purpose for the students visit is to introduce them to FVSU’s undergraduate and graduate agriculture programs. The visit also presented an opportunity for the two institutions to collaborate on research and economic development projects.

For more information about sponsored programs at FVSU, contact Wilson at 478-825-6253 or wilsonl@fvsu.edu.