The first set of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund) sponsored postdoctoral fellows have successfully completed their tenure at Morgan State University (MSU), Baltimore.
The 17 scholars selected from various tertiary institutions across Nigeria were under the mentorship of Morgan Faculty.
According to a statement from the Executive Director, Office of Global Partnerships-Africa Morgan State University, Professor Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani, the first cohort of TetFund-sponsored postdoctoral fellows completed their tenure at MSU on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.
“They have been under the mentorship of Morgan Faculty since last year. Seventeen in number from various tertiary institutions across Nigeria, they taught the arts and sciences of research, grant writing, evidence-based research methodology, access to advanced MSU labs, engaged in experiential learning, educational pedagogy and cultural immersion.
In his comments, the group leader, Dr. Racheal Agbonna, notes that: “the experience is the most enriching of my career; my group greatly appreciates the opportunities and the visionaries.
“As an institution, we are delighted to have TetFund as a partner, and we will always carry out its mandate to provide access to the people and government of Nigeria in its quest to develop the skills and capacity of its teaching staff.
In his admonition, the AVP International Affairs, Dr. Astatke the Fellows to retrain others; maintain the partnership through ongoing joint research.
Speaking further, Dr. Tijani, who urged the Fellows to continue to be good ambassadors for their institutions and their country, said: “As a win-win partnership, Morgan faculties like Dr. Damoah, Dr. Bista and Dr. Rahman continues with the Research Fellows on research and grants.
“The idea of mentorship without boundaries is part of fulfilling President Wilson’s vision.
“Some MSU faculties will soon be sponsored to spend time in Nigeria as part of continuity and win-win mantra.
“Morgan expects 50+ second cohort of postdoctoral fellows in various disciplines by December.
“In addition, another group of 60 sponsored PhD students were admitted and started with hybrid classes.
“They are the fourth cohort of PhD students sponsored by TetFund at MSU.
“We can say that President David Kwabena Wilson’s vision has gained a strong foundation and that Africa’s mission as the centerpiece of the MSU’s transformative strategic plan is moving in the right direction,” he noted.