The Tertiary Education Trust Fund has signed an agreement with the Morgan State University in Maryland, USA.
The Morgan State University President, David K. Wilson, announced the new educational collaboration with TETFund on Monday May 18, 2020.
He stated that the five-year agreement was aimed at creating a pathway for Nigerian students to study in the U.S. and pursue a Morgan degree.
According to him, the agreement could provide an opportunity for about 50 new Ph.D. students and up to 20 postdoctoral researchers to travel to the MSU. campus each year.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Professor Suleiman E. Bogoro, said, “TETFund is glad to secure a worthy partnership with Morgan State University through the recently signed MOU that reflects a new paradigm in TETFund; geared towards content development of more than 220 federal and state-owned tertiary educational institutions in Nigeria.
“These institutions are the direct beneficiaries of TETFund intervention lines, being academic staff training and development, R&D as well as the upcoming TETFund Centers of Excellence,” he said.
“We appreciate the mutual respect and understanding between the leadership of both institutions in making this historic and special agreement a reality.
“We look forward to the future of shared opportunities between TETFund and Morgan towards meeting the human capital development, exchange programs, infrastructure and overall economic development aspirations of Nigeria and the USA,” he added.
In his response, the Morgan State University (MSU) President, David K. Wilson, said, “This is a historic collaboration for Morgan State University, possibly the largest agreement of its kind between an African nation and an American institution of higher education.
“Through our arrangement with the TETFund, not only will Morgan greatly enhance its standing as a high research university, but the resulting research could be globally beneficial.
“Morgan provides world-class education, and we are appreciative of being given this opportunity to work in partnership with Nigeria to produce intellectual capital capable of advancing the nation toward its goals,” he added.