The Centre for Gender and Development Studies of Ekiti State University is exploring possibilities of Academic Collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland towards improving the quality of teaching and learning as well as the overall development of the Centre.

The Director of the Ekiti State University’s Centre for Gender and Development Studies Professor Olabisi Aina said this while leading a combined team of the University of Eastern Finland and Ekiti State University to the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oladipo Aina.

Professor Olabisi Aina explained that the University of Eastern Finland has sent a representative to Ekiti State University to look at details of the mutual collaboration and exchange that will benefit both institutions adding that Ekiti State University and the Centre for Gender Studies will benefit immensely from the arrangement.

She added that the Centre for Gender and Development Studies is equipped to offer Postgraduate Diploma Courses, short term certificate courses as well as doctorate degrees in gender and Development Studies and social work.

The Project researcher from the department of Social Work, University of Eastern Finland, Mr. Thomas Akintayo expressed satisfaction with the work environment in Ekiti State University and the Quality of Academic Personnel at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies.

He explained that the University of Eastern Finland will offer expertise to remodel, repackaged and improve existing platform in the Centre for Gender and Development Studies adding that the second stage of the collaborative project will involve exchange of development ideas that will enhance the Health, Social and Infrastructural sectors of Ekiti State. 

Mr. Akintayo commended the University for embracing globally marketable courses that will attract international support to the University.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oladipo Aina thanked the combined team for their hardwork adding that the success of the collaboration between EKSU and the University of Eastern Finland is key to the actualization of the vision of the University to transform to a first class University in the 21st Century.

Professor Aina assured the project researcher from Finland that necessary measures would be put in place to ensure the success of the Project.