The University of Industrial Development (UID) Accra Ghana, has appointed the Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), as its mentor-institution. The appointment was conveyed to ABUAD Founder, Aare Afe Babalola, in a letter signed by UID proprietor/founder Dr Shelley Amos.
Amos said the partnership was anchored on Babalola’s faith in the continent as well as his massive investment in the nearly four-year-old ABUAD.
The journey to the collaboration started when Shelley led the UID team to ABUAD during its first convocation in October.
The letter reads in part: “It is our pleasure to formally convey to you the decision of the board of directors of the new University College Industrial Development (UID) Accra, Ghana, the appointment of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) Nigeria, as the mentor tertiary institution for our new university.
“We in UID believe you are one of the foremost believers in the need for us to save Africa from becoming a perpetual dumping ground for goods and products made in India, Korea, China, Brazil and other countries which were once ranked with Nigeria as Third World countries. From those profitable ventures we witnessed in your commercial farms during your first convocation in October, it is our fervent believe that Africans should start to develop her indigenous products, especially from agriculture, and our abundant natural resources. This is why you are more than qualified to be our mentor for this ambitious, intercontinental objective.
“This appointment is in accordance with the rules and regulations set up by the National Accreditation Board (NAB), of Ghana to guide the setting up of new tertiary institutions in the Republic of Ghana. One of the initial conditions for accreditation of establishment of a new university college in Ghana is for the institution to seek for affiliation with a reputable, accredited university within or outside Ghana, to serve as mentor to the said institution.
“The objective of such affiliation ‘is to ensure the attainment and maintenance of high standard for the promotion of academic quality’. The relationship is ‘for the mentoring institution to provide academic support and supervision to the university being mentored’. The mentored university in Ghana shall receive the certificates of the mentoring university (in this case ABUAD) until the accreditation board grants it the presidential charter.
“You are aware that our proprietor visited ABUAD as guests. We were quite amazed by the overwhelming state of facilities and the relaxed conducive environment of learning which you provided for the students. We were particularly impressed by the high standard of the graduating students and the initiative to reward excellence both in academic and behaviours.
“We have also taken our time to make adequate enquiries into the performance and delivery of quality education by ABUAD since its establishment, and we have noted, beyond reasonable doubt, that your university has met all the required qualification set up by NAB of Ghana for you to mentor our institution. Enclosed are the documents on the rules and guidelines of the National Accreditation Board of the Republic of Ghana to explain the details of the affiliation.”
“Our proprietors will soon pay a visit to your university to discuss the details of the affiliation and mentorship with you and your management. Please accept our regards in the highest esteem for the anticipated acceptance and mentorship.
Source: The Nation Newspaper
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