A Visitation Panel from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, arrived on the 7th of August, 2023. Led by the esteemed Prof. Akindele Ojo, along with members from the Center for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies, the panel’s primary mission was to assess the Institute’s preparedness to offer Post Graduate Diploma courses in Disaster Risk Management & Climate Adaptation, as well as Disaster and Humanitarian Management.
Facility Inspection: Under the guidance of the Institute’s Director, Dr. (Mrs) Diamond P. Nebechukwu, the panel meticulously inspected the facilities to ensure they met the rigorous academic standards. This thorough assessment aimed to gauge the Institute’s ability to provide a conducive environment for advanced studies in disaster-related fields.
Courtesy Call to Founder: Following the facility inspection, the panel paid a courtesy call to the founder and initiator of AAIPSDS, His Excellency, Gen Abdulsalami A. Abubakar GCFR, CSG. Led by the Institute’s Director, the discussion delved into the Institute’s vision, mission, and its unwavering commitment to advancing education in disaster risk management and humanitarian studies.
Insights into the Institute’s Journey: During the meeting, the founder shared valuable insights into the Institute’s journey, its notable achievements, and outlined future plans. This exchange provided the panel with a comprehensive understanding of the Institute’s dedication to excellence and its significant impact on the academic landscape.
Addressing Academic Concerns: The visitation panel sought clarification on crucial aspects such as the academic curriculum, faculty qualifications, and the integration of practical field experiences for students. The founder eloquently addressed these queries, emphasizing the Institute’s collaborative efforts with experts and organizations in the disaster management field. Furthermore, he highlighted the Institute’s active engagement with other institutions, fostering a network that enriches the educational experience.
Positive Feedback and Confidence in AAIPSDS: Impressed by the commitment and high standards observed at AAIPSDS, Prof. Akindele Ojo expressed confidence in the Institute’s potential to significantly contribute to the academic landscape in disaster risk management. The panel concluded their visit with positive feedback, extending best wishes for the Institute’s successful transition to its permanent site.
Prospects of Continued Collaboration: The team from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, expressed eagerness for continued collaboration between their institution and AAIPSDS. This positive sentiment underscores the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships, further strengthening the Institute’s standing within the academic community.
The successful visitation by the panel reflects AAIPSDS’s commitment to maintaining high standards in disaster risk management education. The positive feedback and expressions of confidence from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, serve as a testament to the Institute’s dedication to excellence, paving the way for a promising future in advancing education and research in disaster-related fields.