Joint Advanced Seminar (JAS) 3 at the University of Ibadan
Twenty-two (22) fellows from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria), University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Malawi, Makerere University (Uganda), University of Dar es Salam (Tanzania) and University of Ibadan (Nigeria) attended this year’s JAS 3.
A good blend of local and international facilitators was available to give fellows specific, one-to-one guidance. JAS 3, structured to afford fellows protected time and space for data analysis and scholarly writing, achieved this objective.
Following the uplifting early morning scientific blitzes, fellows had the opportunity to write individually, interact with peers – through manuscript clubs, Work in Progress and diagnostic sessions, consult with facilitators and attend formal teaching sessions.
The Intergenerational Dialogue was a unique opportunity for fellows to benefit from the wealth of knowledge of PhD holders from 3 – 5 different generations, who offered their distinct perspectives and experiences over the years.
The fellows also participated in a public Lecture on August 23, 2018 titled Broken links” in the chain of development: Higher education in Nigeria and Africa, a complexity theory perspective. It was delivered by Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith, the Director General, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER).
Over 150 people attended the well-delivered lecture that not only enlightened the listeners but was also thought-provoking as he tasked the federal government to build infrastructure and increase remuneration for lecturers in the nation’s tertiary institutions. The talk was held at the Paul Hendrickse Lecture Theatre, College of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka was ably represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Kayode O. Adebowale, expressed his appreciation to CARTA for taking the initiative to rebuild and strengthen the capacity of African Universities to produce well-trained researchers and seasoned administrators. Principal Officers of the University of Ibadan graced the event which was generously covered by the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and various national daily newspapers.