Italy-based scholar gives tips on how to secure grants

A Nigerian scholar at the Abdulsalam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, Prof C. E.O. Onime, has said that scholars can still access a lot of grants from Africa and across the world to further their growth as researchers.
Prof. Onime disclosed this at the University Auditorium during an interactive session with Unilorin scholars from different Faculties and Departments on the available opportunities in the fields of science.
The session was part of Prof. Onime’s week-long visit to the University of Ilorin.
Speaking on the topic “International Research and Grant Opportunities for Scholars and Researchers”, the don noted that there is a variety of opportunities for scholars under the categories of research, education and outreach, which can be accessed by postgraduate students at different levels and stages of their programme. He said that PhD students also have an opportunity to visit ICTP yearly, for three months.
Prof. Onime also noted that interested scholars can benefit from the Centre’s Diploma and Masters programmes in Physics and other areas of the core sciences.
The scholar, whose area of interest includes big data, augmented reality, cloud computing, green computing, and artificial intelligence, gave a background to the establishment of the Abdulsalam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. According to him Muhammed Abdulsalam is a laureate in physics and he founded the institution to bring scientists from all over the world together at a time when Soviet scholars were ostracised from a global community of scientists.
He revealed that there are also opportunities close to home which are provided by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which help in funding researches in universities. He noted that Facebook Research and Microsoft are places scholars need to contact to access research and grant opportunities.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sulyman A. Abdulkareem, commended the guest lecturer, who was described as a benefactor of the University.
Prof. Abdulkareem recalled that the visiting lecturer has been of immense help to the University as far back as 1996 when he knew him initially. He noted that the University has a great opportunity to benefit from the lecturer as an institution and at individual levels without any financial implication.
The Vice-Chancellor also noted that the University will soon be benefiting more than it currently does from Nigerians in the Diaspora through its Open and Distance Learning
Alabi seeks more hostel accommodation for foreign students

The Ag. Director of Linguistics Immersion Centre, University of Ilorin; Dr. Taofeek Alabi, has appealed to the University management to provide more hostel accommodation for the foreign students of the institution, saying that this will make the students more homely and afford them the opportunity to settle down very quickly and face their academics squarely.
Dr. Alabi made the appeal  during an interview with newsmen  in his office.
He stressed the importance of making hostel accommodation affordable for the foreign students for easy acclimatization to their new environment and to make learning convenient and conducive for them at all time.
The Director also spoke on the mode of admission for foreign students who usually apply with results composed in French language.
He said that the Centre is saddled with the responsibility of harmonizing their O’ Level results and translating them to English for proper placement into different Departments.
He also stated that any of the students with O’ Level that does not meet up with his course of choice will be given alternative courses that such results meet up with.
Dr. Alabi also stated some important roles of the Centre, which he said, includes serving as the link between the University and its French-speaking international working colleagues for easy communication and exchange of programmes.
He also said that the Centre serves as a help center for individuals who want to develop competency on the world major languages therefore enhancing good communication especially outside the country. Others that spoke at the workshop include the registrar, Dr. F.M. Olowoleni,who was represented by the Deputy Registrar, Mr. M. Alfanla.

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