In its drive to promote research in the Nigeria and make the country a global research hub, Anchor University has finalised plan for a collaboration that will drive research and development in space science.
According to Dr Victor Nwankwo, Head of Physics Department, Anchor University, the University is on the verge of establishing a strong research base that will help in research and investigation relating to space science. As part of the plan, he was in India earlier in the year to meet with the Management of Indian Centre for Space Physics. The visit was productive as they discussed how the centre could work with AUL to promote research activities relating to space physics in Nigeria. Indian Centre for Space Physics is an Indian based research organisation dedicated to leading and advanced investigations in space science, astronomy and astrophysics.
Speaking on the development during the inspection of a Radio Wave equipment given to AUL by the centre, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Joseph O. Afolayan said Anchor University is ready to explore different ways to promote research and ensure students in the University are exposed to the best training available anywhere in the world.
“We are happy for this development in Anchor University. Dr Nwankwo was sent to Indian to see how AUL can collaborate and undertake research in space science and, this response is a proof that we are moving in the right direction,” the Vice Chancellor said as he directed that work on the installation of the equipment should commence immediately.
Commenting on the success of the trip, Dr Nwankwo hinted that the visit has already started yielding results. In his words, “the management of the centre was upbeat about the proposal to work with Anchor University. They even donated one of the tools produced by the centre to AUL and, once installed, we will be able to receive signal and work on data from the ionosphere. This will help us to study atmospheric activities and use the data for research and learning in Anchor University.”
Beyond installation and use of the tool, Dr Nwankwo further explained that AUL would collaborate with relevant authorities within and outside Nigeria as well as have experts from the centre in India to train lecturers and students on how to use and drive rigorous research in space science.
Anchor University is a new faith-based University located at Ayobo, Lagos and is owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry. The Management of the University has set a huge target of becoming one of the top 5 Universities in Nigeria within its first 10 years of existence.