In an attempt to widen the scope of its partnership with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and further include other departments apart from the Institute of Cultural Studies, officials of the Institute for African and Asian Languages, University of Paris, France, have paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede in his office to seek his views on the proposed expansion among others issues of interest.
Speaking while receiving the guests, the Vice-Chancellor said that he had earlier met the team on arrival and had very productive and far reaching discussions, adding that the university is fully in support of what they are proposing to do. He promised that the University authority will back whatever decision was reached at the end of the deliberations with the departments concerned, hoping that the partnership would be beneficial to all the parties.
Ogunbodede used the occasion to express appreciation to Professor George Alao for his contributions to the University over the years, especially the Institute of Cultural Studies.
The Director of OAU’s office of Linkages and sponsored Research, Professor Adeyinka Adesina, in his comment remarked that Obafemi Awolowo University has extensive length of linkages within and outside the country which have not failed.
Earlier, while briefing the Vice-Chancellor on the purpose of their visit, the Director, Institute of Cultural Studies, Dr. Omidire who led the team, explained that the team was in OAU to discuss the details of the agreement to enlarge the scope of the previous association.
Professor Anne Grynberg of the Institute for African and Asian Languages (INALCO) noted that the institute’s partnership with OAU has been beneficial to both parties, stating that is the reason which prompted them to come for the enlargement of the earlier agreement and that INALCO really has interest in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife