Nigeria’s best state University, Lagos State University (LASU) on Thursday, 6th October 2022 formally struck a partnership deal with another topflight American University, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) on the commencement of a Manufacturing Assistance Centre (MAC) and other areas of education and research.

The signing of the partnership deal was performed at the Conference Room of the Lagos State University in the Vice Chancellor’s office at the main campus of the institution, in Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria.

One of the products of the partnership is the Manufacturing Assistance Centre (MAC), a centre equipped to train engineering students and graduates in various skills to contribute to the manufacturing industry in Nigeria.

The host and visiting teams as well as did a tour of the facility which is currently under construction at the Epe Campus of LASU.

Also on the touring crew were officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, funders of the project, and the Lagos State Government on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Apart from the MAC, the partnership between LASU and Pitt covers areas of research projects in fields of mutual interest, exchange of academic publications and reports, sharing of innovative teaching methods and course designs, partnership to organise symposia, workshops and conferences, the opportunity for students and faculty development and exchange, amongst others.

The Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello noted during the ceremony that the partnership will have long-term positive effects on communities in and around Lagos and expressed enthusiasm that the partnership would last for a long time.

The MAC Centre project facilitator, Mr. Adeola Adetunji; Head of African Studies, Pitt, Dr. Catherine Kovevola; head of the MAC centre at Pitt, Prof. Bopaya Bidanda and Project Coordinator, Mr. Yemi Osilaja were at the meeting to represent their respective institutions while the LASU VC was joined by members of the university management and the legal team.

The partnership will last for a period of five years in the first instance.

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