Provost Hosts Researchers from Johns Hopkins University

On January 25, three graduate students in the African Studies program at Johns Hopkins University, Washington, visited AUN.


Emily Weiss, Georgia Jeweh, and Shuting Yav were at AUN on a research project which they are carrying out in collaborating with Creative Associates International, a nongovernmental organization, and students of AUN. The team was led by project supervisor Chiedo Nwankwor, who teaches African Politics & Gender Studies at Johns Hopkins University and, accompanied by an M&E Consultant at Creative Associates, Esther Ajayi.

The researchers are investigating entry barriers for female learning associates in Bauchi and Adamawa states.

Vice President of Academic Affairs & Provost, Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah, received the research team in his office.

“We are pleased and delighted that the collaboration is happening. We hope it will be the beginning of further collaborations.”

At the meeting, which had Interim Dean of SAS, Patrick Fay, in attendance, the provost explained to the team how AUN helps engage with its host community in various ways including through community service, technology, and entrepreneurship.

The researchers spoke of AUN students’ involvement in their research. “We wanted to give the project more contexts. When we were planning the research design, we had ideas in mind. We were unsure how to tailor-make it to Nigeria. So, we decided to involve AUN students so that they can give their input.”

Besides being subjects in the research, the female students also have a technical role in the research design, serving as translators when administering the surveys to the over 40 participants and helping to contextualize the language that is being used in the survey.

The team’s ongoing plan in collaboration with the students also includes their involvement with the presentations and the deliverables of the project, including data analysis of the project. Dr. Nwankwor added that the team is looking forward to greater opportunities for collaboration.

"Three AUN students from the School of Arts and Sciences, Maryam Abdulkadir, Alex Gekpe and Sedoo Orije-Ishegh, worked on the research with the students from Johns Hopkins University, while Bwamakula Fwa and Naja'atu Abubakar assisted with the translation for Hausa speakers.  In addition to working with the Johns Hopkins University students, the AUN students engaged in focus group discussions with a group of AUN students.

“The collaboration between the students from AUN and Johns Hopkins University was judged very productive by both sets of students. The visiting team was very impressed with their experience of AUN and with the Provost's visions for future collaborations.  

“For our AUN students, it was the first opportunity to engage in such collaboration with a prestigious American university.  Going forward we hope to build on this and engage in more such joint projects”, Dean Fay said.


Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa

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