No fewer than 1,500 Nigerian students displaced by the Russian invasion in Ukraine are set to commence their studies at Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State by September 2022.
The development came as a result of a partnership agreement signed by the Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas with the management of Igbinedion University.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that a Ukrainian university had signed an agreement with Igbinedion University to help displaced Nigerian students continue their studies in Nigeria.
According to a statement made available by the representative of the Ukrainian University in Nigeria, Cliff Ogbede, on Monday, the cooperation was made under the National Universities Commission trans-educational guidelines.
The statement read, “In their quest to return students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to class, another top-rated Ukrainian academic institution—Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas—has equally signed a cooperation agreement with Igbinedion University, Okada.
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“This cooperation will enable their students who were displaced by the war in Ukraine to resume classroom lectures at Igbinedion University campus on a joint educational programme, under the Nigerian National Universities Commission Transnational Educational Guidelines.
“The joint Transnational Educational programme will enable the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Ukrainian Ivano Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas to continue their academic programme uninterrupted in addition to the existing distance learning mode, as a similar model is applied in particular for the organisation of academic cooperation with universities in Turkey and some other countries.”
Providing further clarification, Ogbede noted that the students were about 1,500 and would resume by September.
“The students are about 1,500 and they will be back by September,” he said.