Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen has strengthened links with a leading university in Nigeria which aims to provide British standards of higher education in Africa.
Lecturers at RGU hosted Baze University founder and Pro Chancellor Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed recently who was keen to find out more about the modern campus in Aberdeen.
Baze University, which was established in 2010, is a private university located in Abuja, Nigeria and has approximately 1,400 students studying undergraduate programmes.
The visit gave academics the opportunity to discuss future links between the two universities which can benefit students in Scotland and Nigeria.
Dr Bassam Bjeirmi, Associate Head of Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, worked with Dr Charles Maddison from Aberdeen Business School and RGU’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jamie Hastings to show Senator Baba-Ahmed around the university.
As well as meetings with senior management at RGU, the group toured RGU’s School of Engineering, the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, Aberdeen Business School, RGU Library, and also had a demonstration of the DART drilling simulator.
Senator Baba-Ahmed said: “It was an honour to visit Robert Gordon University and discuss how our two organisations can work together in the future. RGU has developed a modern campus which is a very rare opportunity for universities.”
Dr Bassam Bjeirmi said: “It was a pleasure hosting Senator Baba-Ahmed and showing him what we do here at RGU. He heads up an ambitious project at Baze University which may have great potential for both parties to work together.”
Senator Baba-Ahmed’s visit is the most recent link between the two universities following two visits by RGU lecturers to Baze University in July and November 2015.
Most recently, Dr Charles Maddison delivered a guest lecture at Baze University on Oil and Gas Economics before an audience of more than 80 students, dignitaries and staff.
Baze University is currently building a School of Engineering and a Medical School on its campus and aims to increase its number of students to 4,500 in the coming years.
Photo: L to R - Dr Bassam Bjeirmi, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, Dr Charles Maddison and RGU Regional Manager for Africa Jamie Hastings in RGU’s Sir Ian Wood Building.