Provost Receives Researchers from George Washington University, Hints at Future Collaboration

On April 20, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Muhammadou Kah, received two research students, Amaka Ume and Chinwe Weli, from his alma mater, George Washington University.

The two who have Nigerian roots, are currently pursuing their Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and are both in Yola to research maternal and child health. Vice President of University Relations, Mr. Abba Tahir, and Dr. Jennifer Tyndall of the Natural and Environmental Science (NES), who is collaborating with the students on the research, joined the meeting.

The Provost was overwhelmed to meet the students from his alma mater. He encouraged them and assured that AUN is always a place they could come to.

“When I received the documents from Dr. Tyndall, I was very happy. GW is dear to my heart. I have taught in GW, and I also have a Master’s degree in Finance from there. So, when I was told about some students of GW, I was very excited. We hope to see more of GW students on our campus.”

Prof. Kah also hinted at a possible collaboration with GW in some areas of interest that could benefit both institutions.

“I have opened a dialogue with the school of engineering and applied sciences. So we are trying to explore collaborations and, maybe, look into possibilities of an MOU between our two institutions to facilitate movement of our students to GW and GW students here. But definitely, I think that we need to explore possibilities of a summer program in certificates in Public Health.”

Miss Ume, whose concentration is in Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control, identified Yola is one of the places affected by conflict.

“We came for an inception meeting. We are researching productive maternal and child health and giving health services during conflict or post-conflict settings. Considering the situation here in the Northeast, we came to inform our partners, learn from people here, and to seek advice.

On her part, Miss Weli, concentrating on Global Health Policy, said, “The research is a consortium that involves about ten countries including Ghana, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria. But our university is responsible for Nigeria, and our main funder is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This study will last until the end of this year, and we will come again to do data collection with the stakeholders that we have identified, and then perform the analysis.
Hopefully, we will come again just to wrap up the evidence that we got, which should be published by January.”

The researchers also said that the motivation behind their involvement in the project is because it gives them an opportunity to come back to their country of origin and impact the lives of people.

Reported by Bashir I. Bashir