NUC, CVC commend NOTAP for Promoting Academia – Industry Linkage
The National University Commission (NUC) and the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVC) have commended the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) for its initiative in the promotion of academia – industry linkage in Nigeria.
The commendation was made when a delegation of NOTAP management staff led by the Director General, Engr. Umar Bindir, paid sensitization visits to the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie as well as the Secretary-General of CVC, Prof. Mike Faborade, respectively in Abuja, yesterday.
The Director General said, during the separate visits, that NOTAP introduced a new initiative, the NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF) scheme, that encourages industry to fund and nurture new crop of highly skilled and industry-driven young academic researchers for the Nigerian university system.
Engr. Bindir further said that NITTF would provide the platform for suitable and qualified Nigerians to undertake Phd studies in Nigerian universities in all fields of study including engineering technology, basic and applied sciences, arts, humanities and the social sciences.
He disclosed that the PhD projects of the NOTAP Fellows would be tailored for application in industry and they would be committed to pursue academic careers in teaching and research in Nigerian universities and research institutes. “NITTF will breed researchers who understand industry as well as produce the critical mass of highly skilled researchers who will revolutionize the Nigerian educational system,”
He added that the NITTF scheme was initiated to groom a new generation of university academia for the future and solicited the support of the Executive Secretary and the Secretary-General who he described as worthy stakeholders.
Commenting further on other efforts of NOTAP at academia-industry linkage, Engr. Bindir said NOTAP established Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in universities and institutions of higher learning in order to link education to industry and promote Intellectual Property (IP), innovation and demand driven research. “NOTAP had established 4o IPTTOs of which 30 are in the universities,” he said.
He explained that because of the disconnect between Nigerian tertiary education and industry which had ensured that the 129 universities in the country contributed little or nothing to industrial goods and services produce locally, the IPTTO had been strategically established to generate new resources through the licensing of IPs and had also helped in the creation of start-up companies through the technology value chain. “Using IPTTOs, we have managed to push and encourage universities to have technology parks as well as contribute to the needs of industry.
In their separate responses, both Prof. Okojie and Prof. Faborode commended NOTAP for the initiatives and pledged their support for the successful implementation of NITTF.
Head Public Relations