African International Conference/Workshop, March 24-28, 2014
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The economic, social and developmental arguments for organizing the African International Conference/Workshop at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) are strong, compelling and urgent.
First, it is an incontrovertible fact that science and technology have emerged to become critical to economic growth and sustainability in modern economy. The developments in materials science have contributed significantly in man’s quest to conquer his environment. More importantly, renewable energy is likely to be man’s long term solution to increasing demand for energy.
Also, Africa suffers a shortage of human capacity with requisite scientific and technological skills. Africa’s development, therefore, is dependent on the establishment of effective system for developing and retaining scientific and technological knowledge It is anticipated that this African International Conference/Workshop will discuss promising research and development (R&D) of technology that can help the rural poor.

This African International Conference/Workshop is hoped to re-train the scientists and University Teachers and re-focus them to meet the challenges in African human capital development. . It is important to increase the energy generation to meet demand of the emerging modern economy. Greater percentages of African poor communities live without access to energy from the national grid. The application of renewable energy technologies in Africa is growing rapidly without commensurate increase in appropriate human capital to drive and sustain the growth.

Further, the probable impact of successfully hosting the African International Conference/Workshop and possible establishment of a Centre for Nanotechnology Application (CNA) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka will afford Scientists and Students the opportunity to use the facilities for research and development in relevant areas of Africa needs. There is a need for inter-disciplinary research centre to integrate researches in renewable energy, environment and health.

In addition, the African International Conference/Workshop will provide opportunities for internationally renowned resource persons to identify possible areas of collaboration with African Institutions and assist in training some of their staff to acquire Ph.D and Post-Doctoral research experience/qualifications in critical areas.

Finally, it is equally hoped that the first phase of this African International School and Workshop/Conference shall last for four years and will be an annual event with hands-on sessions.

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

The University of Nigeria was established in October 7, 1960 as the first indigenous university in Nigeria. It has two major campuses at Nsukka and Enugu both in Enugu State, South East, Nigeria. The main campus of the University is located in Nsukka, which is about eighty kilometres North West of Enugu. The features of this town predominantly characterized by savannah grassland with scattered strands of trees are serene, pleasant and healthy climatic conditions. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has fourteen (14) faculties and well over fifty (80) academic departments and over 40,000 students.

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