BUK Selected to Host PASET PhD Programmes …One of Top 7 Winning African Universities Out of 144

Bayero University has been selected to serve as one of the host universities for Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), a Pan African Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) PhD programmes.

On Thursday, 9th May, 2019, the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) of PASET sent a congratulatory letter to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello on the selection of BUK as one of the institutions to host its PhD programmes.

 “The selection process has been highly competitive and rigorous: Out of 144 applications received, 80 applications were found to be compliant/eligible and were each reviewed by three independent external reviewers. The 16 shortlisted doctoral programmes were visited for on-site validation that focused on the proposal and staff capacity. The RSIF Independent Evaluation Committee at its meeting of 24th April, 2019 discussed the results of the evaluation and recommended seven universities to be considered as PASET African Host Universities for approval by the PASET Executive Board," said the letter.

According to the letter signed by RSIF-RSU Manager, Dr. Moses Osiru, “we are pleased to inform you that following a competitive process, Bayero University and in particular, the PhD Programme in Natural Resource Management and Climate Change has been selected by the Executive Board of PASET as one of seven African Universities to host PASET doctoral scholars and RSIF research and innovation activities. An official letter from PASET confirming this will be shared with you in due course.”

The decision was taken at the RSIF’s Independent Evaluation Committee meeting on 24th April, 2019 to discuss the results of the evaluation.

The letter added that the RSIF is organizing a side meeting at the 5th PASET Forum which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 20-22nd May, 2019 to discuss further the PASET RSIF host university roles and responsibilities including timelines for student selection and registration. “We request that you nominate a person familiar with the PhD program selected (preferably the Lead Applicant) to attend this meeting. The meeting will enable us to jointly discuss the details of the partnership with RSIF, including work-plan for recruitment of next cohort of RSIF scholars and matching of PhD students. An agenda for the meeting will be shared with you in due course,” it said.

The PASET’s Validation Team  had on 18th April, 2019  visited Bayero University, Kano and evaluated the Centre for Dryland Agriculture’s (CDA) supported PhD programmes in Natural Resource Management and Climate Change (NRM&CC).  The NRM&CC is hosted in the Department of Geography. During the visit, the team interacted with staff and inspected facilities of the Centre.

The Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), is an initiative by African governments to address fundamental gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long term, sustained economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). PASET established  Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) to contribute towards the training of a critical mass of PhD and post-doctoral candidates, and support research and innovation in some priority thematic areas: ICTs, including big data and artificial intelligence; food security and agribusiness; minerals, mining and materials engineering; energy including renewable and climate change.