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July 21, 2014 – Federal University Oye-Ekiti was selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to host an African Diaspora scholar from the United States to work on a collaborative project on advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. Professor Chris Bolu will lead the project, together with Professor Leonard Onyiah from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, USA. 

Analytics has become one of the driving forces in government, business and Industry. SAS software is one of the foremost analytical software used in government, business and industry all over the world. Globally analytics jobs have grown by huge leaps. Some of the big conglomerates operating in Nigeria, use SAS in their core businesses, and need analysts. Besides, as an emerging nation, Nigeria needs people who are well-trained to supply the manpower in analytics that our local businesses and industries currently need, and would need in the near future. Nigerian graduates need to have skills in analytics to fill the many positions that exist and that would be available in analytics in near future.

The Federal University Oye-Ekiti project is one of 31 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities.  Professor Leonard Onyiah is one of thirty-three African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded Fellowships to travel to Africa beginning this month to conduct the projects, which span an impressive range of fields across the arts and humanities, social sciences, education, sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The winning projects in this first round of awards were submitted by 24 institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.  Host universities include, Ghana: Ashesi University College, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; Kenya: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya Methodist University, Kisii University, University of Nairobi, Rongo University College; Nigeria: Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Federal University for Technology Akure, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, Kwara State University, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Port Harcourt; South Africa: University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of Venda, University of the Witwatersrand; Tanzania: The State University of Zanzibar; Uganda: Kyambogo University, Makerere University.

This innovative Fellowship program facilitates engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities. The program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with Quinnipiac University, which chairs the Advisory Council, and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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