KUST Wudil, Al-Istiqama University seeks academic exchange to enhance manpower capacity
Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil and Al-Istiqama University, Sumaila have sealed an understanding to share academic exchange programs that will add value to their pursuit for excellence.
The Vice-Chancellor, KUST, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa who paid host to the management of the newly established private university, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Salisu Shehu express the readiness to share core values with their Sumaila counteroparts..
According to Professor Shehu, KUST is prepared to support the young university in the area of academic development through staff exchange and support programs .
The Vice-Chancellor stated that Wudil has the obligation as a sister university to render all necessary technical support and lineage to Al-Istiqama because of the neighborliness of both citadels of learning.
He raised concern over the wide gap between the Southern and Northern parts of the country, especially in the areas of accessibility to tertiary education, largely due to acute shortage and poor investment in the private universities in the North.
The VC who applauded the foresight and courage of the former senior special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, on legislative matters, Dr. Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, founder of Al-Istiqama university, Kano, reiterated readiness to build a sustainable relationship with the university.
” Let me assure you that KUST is ready to support Al-Istiqama in all areas of interest that could build sustainable development and academic excellence. We are ready to sign an agreement with you for staff and program exchange perhaps inform of part-time, leave without pay, sabbatical, and other related.
” We would not hesitate because we consider it an obligation to support you in research proposals, conferences, seminars, manpower support, and staff training. If you are also looking in the direction of postgraduate training for your staff, KUST has 58 postgraduate programs to build your manpower.
” We started in two academic programs and 91 students in 2001, today, I’m pleased to inform you that KUST has 20, 836 students running 58 postgraduate and 47 undergraduate programs. All our academic Programs have 100 percent accreditation”. Professor Shehu noted.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Al-Istiqama university, Professor Salisu had disclosed that the newly licensed private university has commenced full academic session in October 2021 with over 300 undergraduate students and about 119 enrollees through its IJMB program, all accommodated in the university hostels.
Professor Salisu said Al-Istiqama is looking forward to joint conferences, seminar, and workshops to build academic and community service.
“As sister university, we share the same golds that are why we decided to seek partnership and collaboration in several areas of interest. We are here for good neighborliness as the closest neighbor. We feel and believed being neighbors alone is a good opportunity we must not take for granted.
” As a young citadel of learning, we are struggling to grow, and lending the rope through a senior university is more than necessary. We are more concerned in the area of staff training and development, research development, joint conferences, seminar, workshop, and conferences”. VC Al-Istiqama said.