Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo, in partnership with the United States of America Consulate in Lagos, officially launched Benin City Window on America (BCWoA), a space where visitors can learn about the country.
Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, at the event held in Benin on Friday, said the partnership represented a strategic collaboration.
According to him, the partnership also aimed at bolstering amongst others, cultural integration, education, skill acquisition and youth empowerment for the benefit of the good people of Edo.
The American space, he noted, would provide an opportunity for the people of Edo and Nigeria, in general, to connect with the United States.
“Prior to this launch, Benin City Window on America has already hosted a number of persons in virtual meetings.
”Including the just-concluded series on Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) camp, targeted at the youth and fresh graduates that ran for almost five weeks.
“Conversation with Alumna, Speak with a Diplomat and the Employability Webinars that are all standardised programmes for America Space, amongst others.
“I am sure you will all agree that this initiative is timely and apt for our country in general and Edo State in particular, as it would go a long way to support democratic and economic growth as the youths become empowered and engaged meaningfully.
“Founded 22 years ago, Igbinedion University has been in the forefront of championing higher education revolution in Nigeria through innovation, entrepreneurship and bespoke research in tandem with its motto of Knowledge and Excellence,” he said.
Ezemonye noted that the university known for its excellent delivery on partnership demands and projects, said BCWoA would be another opportunity to highlight the benefit of international collaboration.
“With the support of the Governing Council, we are poised to provide all the required leverage in order to deliver maximally on the project pact.
“We look forward to strengthening this partnership with the U.S. Mission in Nigeria as we work assiduously towards delivering on set targets,” the vice-chancellor added.
Mr Stephen Ibelli, Public Affairs Officer of the consulate, said the window was a platform for the U.S family worldwide.
Ibelli said the centre was for people to learn about the country, including its government, history, culture and educational system through programmes, lectures, books and electronic resources provided by the U.S government for free.