IHVN, Kanazawa University sign MOU on capacity building
In furtherance of one of its cardinal goals of enhancing the research capacity of Nigerians in diseases of public health importance, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kanazawa University, Kanazawa in Japan.
IHVN Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patrick Dakum said that with the signing of this MOU for cooperation, Nigerians will benefit from the exchange of faculty members and research fellows, collaboration in academic publications, and opportunities for Nigerian students to pursue doctoral degree programs in Medical Sciences in Kanazawa University. “I am excited because this agreement will result in many of our students doing doctoral degree courses and will snowball into other research activities soonest,” he said.
Speaking during the signing of the MOU at the corporate headquarters of IHVN, the Chairman of the Department of Viral Infection and International Health, Graduate School of Advanced Preventive Medical Sciences, Kanazawa University, Professor Hiroshi Ichimura, said he was optimistic that the agreement will be beneficial for the development of academic and educational exchanges between the two institutions.
Earlier, the management of IHVN visited the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, His Excellency, Sadanobu Kusaoke, to express its gratitude for the interest of one of the best universities in Japan to collaborate with IHVN in the areas of capacity building and medical research.
The Ambassador expressed willingness to support this collaboration reiterating that the people and government of Japan are supporting several health programs in Nigeria especially the eradication of polio and provision of technical assistance on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in line with Japan’s Global Health Policy.
His Excellency said the government of Japan will help to further reduce mortality among mothers and children in Nigeria by strengthening health systems to ensure a comprehensive “Continuum of Care” and its sustainability; and facilitating the introduction and expansion of quality MNCH services that are internationally recognized as being effective.
Professor Ichimura was at the site of IHVN’s International Research Center of Excellence to see the progress of work on the building of the center, which will promote public/private partnership for quality health services, capacity building and research in West Africa. He was accompanied by the management of the Institute including IHVN’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Charles Olalekan Mensah who foresees the IRCE someday becoming a research university like Kanazawa University that began as Hikoso Vaccination Center in 1862, and which was selected for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.