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Redeemer's University Wins World Bank Centre of Excellence
News > Postgraduate Study      |      Posted: October 10, 2013 08:50:43am GMT
Left Dr. E. L Adebayo, University Librarian, Mrs. Bolatito Oloketuyi, Registrar, Professor Zwogho Rungomo, the Vice-Chancellor, Great Zimbabwe University, Professor. Debo Adeyewa, Vice-Chancellor Redeemer's University, Mrs. Yvette Ouashie, African Region Head, Association of African Universities, Professor Kubate Brunok, team leader AAU-World Bank Funded ACE Project Visitation Team and others during a recent visit of the AAU-World Bank Funded ACE Project Accreditation Team to the University

Redeemer's University has made 'Nigeria' proud by emerging the best rated university among 15 prestigious universities selected from West and Central Africa in the bid for the establishment of African Centre of Excellence in different fields to be funded by the World Bank.
This feat  brought to fore the aspiration of the founding fathers of the Redeemer's University to build a university that will be renowned for global excellence.  The university won a World Bank Grant to fund the establishment of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID).  This was announced at the end of African Centre of Excellence Project Steering Committee meeting held recently in Dakar, Senegal.  
According to a statement from the Secretary General of Association of African Universities, Professor Etienne Ehouan Ehile, “the choice of ACEGID was based on the positive recommendations of international experts on the fields after a transparent and rigorous evaluation exercise of all the 52 proposals that were submitted by various universities in Africa to the continental body”.
Redeemer's University was one of the few universities that earlier emerged victorious at the end of a keenly contested national assessment of all the proposals submitted for the African Centre of Excellence in various disciplines. Speaking on the selection of the university, the panel of experts commended the university for the high quality of its proposal submitted which was rated very high.  In its congratulatory letter, the panel noted that "As a young university, your proposal is visionary in scope as with most 'leapfrog efforts' in development and scientific endeavour".  The panel further noted that the recent $1.8million H3 Africa research grant award to the university by the United States National Institutes of Health bears witness to the success of the Dean of the College of Postgraduate Studies of the university, Professor Christian Happi in research. This bodes well for sustain-ability of this young institution.
The establishment of ACEGID at Redeemer's University will be complemented with the establishment of the first formal Central and West African postdoctoral fellowship training programme to produce next generation of researchers who can foster genomic applications to meet the challenges of health in Africa. The success of ACEGID is predicated on the strong partnership among academic, clinical, and research institutions in Nigeria, Sierra-Leone and Senegal. The partners in these three countries have a long-term track record of successful research, training, and capacity building in collaboration with each other and with US partners at Harvard University, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and Tulane University. The collaborating partner in Nigeria is the University of Ibadan. 

The ACEGID has a mandate to: (1) Develop African research capacity in genomics by building a critical mass of well-trained scientists; (2) Empower African researchers to optimally utilize genomics knowledge and tools towards control and elimination of infectious diseases; (3) Create a genomics curriculum to support and promote cutting-edge genomics-based research for health advancement; (4) Establish a formal postdoctoral training programme in translational research in infectious diseases in Africa and (5) Create a vibrant academic and research environment that is free of outside influences, and that transcends national boundaries and ensures the conduct of relevant, responsive, ethical and high quality translational genomics-based research on health in Africa.  ACEGID will not only support science in Africa, but also have wide ranging impacts on public health in the continent.  By building capacity for state-of-the-art genome sequencing and field-deployable genetic tools for microbial infection in Africa, ACEGID will support clinical care of the most devastating diseases and enable a surveillance network for some of the world's greatest global health threats. Overall, the establishment of the ACEGID at Redeemer's University will not only bring academic and research success for African science, but also contribute in fundamental ways to continental health and economic development.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debo Adeyewa has dedicated the award to the Redeemer Himself and the proprietors, most especially the Visitor to the University, Pastor E.A. Adeboye for his extra-ordinary support that enables the university to rank among the best. He also commended Professor Christian Happi, the Center Leader, and Dr. Onikepe Folarin, Redeemer's University Center Coordinator.  Other team members and the entire university for a sense of purpose and doggedness that resulted in the achievement.

It will be recalled that experts from the Association of African Universities/World Bank visited the university recently to inspect the facilities for the proposed Redeemer's University African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases.


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