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World Bank has selected 16 Nigerian Universities as Centres of Excellence in various academic fields. The ACE (African Centres of Excellence) award was recently given to the schools due to their developmental impact (ACE Impact).

Lagos State University was selected as a Centre of Excellence for the Innovative and Transformative STEM education, while Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State received the ACE award in Applied Informatics and Communication.

ACE in ICT Driven Knowledge Park was given to Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife according to the News Agency of Nigeria. Centre for Public Health and Toxicological Research (PUTOR) was awarded to University of Port Harcourt; and ACE for Sustainable Power and Energy Development went to University of Nigeria Nsukka.

ACE for Drug Research, Herbal Medicine Development and Regulatory Science (ACEDRHMDRS) was University of Lagos. ACE on New Pedagogies in Engineering Education (ACENPEE) was Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

ACE on Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology was given to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Centre for Oilfield Chemicals Research (CEFOR) was University of Port-Harcourt; and ACE for Genomics of Infectious Diseases was Redeemer’s University, Ede.

ACE in Reproductive Health and Innovation was given to University of Benin; Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER) was Benue State University, Makurdi; and Centre for Dryland Agriculture was Bayero University in Kano.

ACE for Mycotoxin and Food Safety was given to Federal University of Technology, Minna; and Centre for Population Health and Policy (ACEPHAP) was Bayero University, Kano.

ACE in Future Energies and Electrochemical Systems (ACE-FUELS) was awarded to Federal University of Technology, Owerri while ACE on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) was given to National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

By Chineze Onu

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