The Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye has lauded the University of Technology of Malaysia (UTM) for its crucial partnership with transport technology.
The UTM and the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in support of advancing research collaborations, staff development programs and staff mobility and exchange.
Adegoroye disclosed this at the three-day official visit from 24 until 26 August 2022 to UTM’s research centres by the NITT delegation hosted by the department of research and innovation).
The MoU was signed by UTM vice chancellor, Prof. Datuk Ismail and the director and chief executive of NITT, Dr. Bayero Farah and witnessed by the Minister of State for Transportation, as well as the High Commissioner of Nigeria to Malaysia, Amb. Hajara Salim.
The move is a part of efforts by both entities to develop competent human capital in the field of logistics and transportation.
“UTM was chosen due to its world-class education and research offerings and the high employability of its graduates.
“To date, 16 NITT staff consisting of 11 PhDs and five MSc holders are undergoing various programmes from different faculties, adding to the 321 Nigerian active students in the UTM.”
The programme was initiated by the director of the Centre for Innovative Planning and Development (CIPD), Prof. Muhammad Zaly Shah and NITT representative, Barau Sani, in 2020.
Pleased with the collaboration progress, Fauzi Ismail said: “This collaboration is an important milestone in the relations between UTM and NITT. For this collaboration to be a success, I hope it can be transformed into tangible results. Therefore, I urge that this partnership continues to be at the forefront in the field of logistics and transportation, where new research and developments will occur.”