Virginia State University will host a delegation of 20 faculty, administrators and student leaders from the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Nigeria’s top ranked university, from June 20-30.
VSU President Keith T. Miller invited the delegation to campus as part of the “International Institute for Capacity Building in Higher Education,” a professional development program that emerged from a recent partnership between the two universities. The 10-day Institute will engage delegates in academic and cultural activities, including participation in conferences and seminars, workshops, guest presentations, outreach activities and networking in their respective disciplines.
The delegation represents a range of disciplines and academic areas, including agriculture, engineering, education, library science, computer information systems, business, law, mass communication, post-graduate studies, and student government.
The Institute’s goal is the sharing of resources and expertise to assist both institutions in enhancing program offerings and internationalizing student learning. Each institution will alternate in hosting the annual Institute and visiting delegation, designing a program based on the academic areas of participants selected by the partner institution.
VSU and UNILORIN signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2009, paving the way for this partnership. Last August, President Miller hosted the Vice Chancellor of UNILORIN, Professor Ishaq Oloyede. The two leaders discussed the institutions’ partnership and identified ways to begin collaborating. For more information, contact Maxine Sample, Ph.D. in VSU’s Dr. George H. Bennett Office for International Education at firstname.lastname@example.org  or (804) 524-5986.