UGA administrators attend convocation in Nigeria as invited guests

Athens, Ga. – Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education, and Akinloye Ojo, director of the African Studies Institute and associate professor in Comparative Literature recently attended the 32nd, 33rd, and 34th Joint Convocation Ceremony at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), in Lagos, Nigeria, as invited speakers. Over 8,000 AOCOED students were conferred degrees at the ceremony.

Pandit delivered the convocation lecture titled “Internationalization of Higher Education” which addressed the ways in which international education is being reshaped by economic globalization. She focused in particular on the issue of “brain drain” which is a major concern for African universities as many of their best graduates leave to study and work in the West.  Pandit also spoke about the need for universities to embrace “comprehensive internationalization” which shifts the view of international education as a series of activities–international student recruitment, study abroad, language training–to an approach that infuses international and intercultural content into all aspects of a university’s mission. Her lecture was widely covered by the local media including Lagos’s Daily Independent.

Ojo presented a seminar at the AOCOED School of Languages on the prospects of African studies.  He spoke about the influences that have shaped, and continue to shape, Africa’s internal evolution as well as the role it plays in the world.

“The visit of the UGA delegation to Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education has further strengthened the relationship between the two institutions,” said Ojo. “We made academic presentations and met with the institutions officials, including members of their governing board. More importantly, having Dr. Pandit give AOCOED's 2014 convocation lecture was important and beneficial to our plans of improved relationship with AOCOED, especially in the area of academic exchanges.”

“It was an honor to deliver the convocation lecture at AOCOED which is one of Nigeria’s leading colleges for teacher education,” said Pandit. “I look forward to working with the African Studies Institute, the College of Education, and other units across campus on advancing collaborations on areas of mutual interest.”

Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education has been established for over 55 years and has been offering programs in science, languages, vocational and technical education, early childhood, and primary education studies. UGA has been collaborating with AOCOED since 2008 and the universities are in the process of renewing the international cooperative agreement.

Dr. Kavita Pandit and the Registar, Dr. Bola Disu, along with the group of authorities from the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education

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