However, the global direction is now more focused on developments which would be environmentally sustainable in continuous collaborations with best-in-class institutions and mind that will strengthen partnership with the developed and developing nations.
Thus, for Nigeria to achieve the goals of Vision 20:20 as well as emerge as a top economy, there is need to train high quality manpower and introduce advance research methods and technology, which could adapt to changing international trends in scientific and technological (S & T) fields, finding the ways to form strategic cooperation for international network with international educational centers.
Scientific and technological capacities are required to reduce poverty, ensure environmental sustainability and effective competitiveness in the world markets. Thus technical intellectual capacity is required to access, adapt, use, diffuse, and generate knowledge in science and technology.
Through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET-FUND), special funding has been provided to Federal Universities of Technology (FUT’s) as well as to all federal universities to improve teaching and learning facilities. Private funding of post-basic education has also increased as more private universities and other post-basic institutions have been established.
Despite these worthwhile interventions, Nigeria is still lacking behind in international competitiveness, and is low in the Human development index ranking at number 153 (HDI, 2012).
There is urgent need to refine its educational system to turnaround this decline and encourage organizations and people to acquire, create, innovate, disseminate, and use knowledge more effectively for greater economic, environmental and social developments.
In response to the above it is our vision to set up a model research centre for international technological cooperation to be partner with renowned International Research Centers (like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Laboratory, USA, and the International Environmental Analysis and Education at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea), and at the same time bringing in private ownership through a consortium of local, national and international businesses.
The activities of ICEESR will include organisation of the centre, designing of innovative research, professional education programmes and preparation of a long-term plan for the centre. The centre will develop a network of experts and researchers focusing on specific research issues relating to energy, environment, and sustainable development.
It will strive to reach out to prominent research groups around the world, industries and government organisations in the African region for cooperation on information dissemination, education and technological development.
The center will take leading role in the field of science and technology for sustainability. The center will foster inter-disciplinary linkages to actualise its mandate and objectives.
Finally, the organized private sector, international development partners, donor agencies, governments, and all stakeholders are invited to partner with ICEESR. Fellow scientists, researchers and students ICEESR welcomes you!
Dr. Edu Inam