On Thursday the 16th of November 2017, Arthur Jarvis University played host to a team of experts from the Institute of Export Operations and Management, which arrived at the University Campus for a partnership meeting. The meeting was convened at the instance of the Chancellor of the Institution, Sir Jarvis Archibong at the Vice Chancellor’s conference room.
On hand to receive and welcome the team to AJU, was the University Management led by the Vice Chancellor: Prof. Julian O. Osuji and supported by Principal Officers, Deans and Directors of the Institution. In an address of welcome, the Vice Chancellor warmly received the visitors and thanked God for their safe arrival to the Campus. He expressed his sincere delight at their choice of AJU for collaboration and requested further that they intimate the Management with their mission and offer of partnership. The spokeman for the team, Mr Ofon Udofia who happens to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute, introduced two fellows of the Institute; Dr Eniola Taiwo and Mr Kayode Oluwafemi who together with him constituted the three man team of experts from the Institute. Mr. Udofia thereafter explained that the Institute has been embarking on aggressive campaign in tertiary Institutions to create awareness on the importance of managing exports for sustainable development. This initiative according to him can be better achieved by engaging University students and making exports processing part and parcel of their undergraduate education. He added that AJU was one of the Universities chosen by the Institute to partner with in this wise.
In his contribution, Dr Eniola Taiwo gave a holistic picture of the Institute’s activities and core mandate. He reiterated the fact that export oriented entrepreneurship can only be successfully implemented when institutionalized through curriculum development and proper student engagement. He mentioned the collaboration that the Institute was currently having with the German Government in terms of Human Capital Development for Nigerian Universities, stating that AJU could gain from this and other benefits of the win-win partnership.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor of AJU: Prof. Julian Osuji, applauded the team for their Initiative and expressed the readiness of AJU to partner with the Institute. He pointed to the vast arable University lands as a resource that could be taken advantage of by the Institute for Agro allied export operations that can be profitable to both staff and students of the University. He however plead that the young age of the University should be taken into consideration when drawing up the M.O.U. Prof. Ani Nkang, the Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences also lauded the team for their effort, and envisaged a situation where the Institute and AJU will partner in the area of grantsmanship tailored to promote export operations for sustainable development goals The Chancellor of the University, Sir Jarvis Archibong lent his support to the offer of partnership by the Institute and asked for the way forward. According to him, AJU was open to developmental initiatives that can open up frontiers for business, recognition and patronage. He requested for a speedy preparation of the M.O.U by the visiting team for consideration and inputs and subsequent signing by both partners. The Registrar moved a vote of thanks before the meeting ended with exchange of pleasantries and group photograph of all present.