Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has received a grant of $8 million (N1.3 billion) from the World Bank to establish the University Knowledge Park.
This is contained in a statement signed by Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the University and made available in Osogbo.
Mr. Olarewaju said that the grant would be used to establish an African Centre of Excellence with specific focus on the University Knowledge Park (OAK-Park).
He quoted Bamitale Omole, the Vice Chancellor of the university, as saying that the OAK-Park will “create a nationally recognized and internationally acknowledged model for research and technology’’.
Mr. Omole said that the center would ensure the systematic incubation of research ideas and products from OAU and other partnering institutions in West African.
“The objective is to annex the creative and innovative energy of the teeming youths into entrepreneurial endeavor by using appropriate skill-enhancing training and mentoring.
“Specifically, the OAK-Park facility will, among other things aspire to stimulate creativity and excellence in research and innovation,” Mr. Omole said.