Igbinedion University at Okada in Edo State has entered into a partnership with the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, to absorb about 2,500 Nigerian students displaced by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

A representative of the Ukrainian university in Nigeria, Cliff Ogbede, announced this in a statement yesterday in Abuja.

Ogbede said the agreement would ensure that the displaced students are able to continue their education in Nigeria.

The statement reads: “In this new collaboration, the two universities would jointly develop educational activities, expanding opportunities for access to all levels and forms of quality higher education, educational programmes and courses, based on the recommendations of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as well as the implementation of the right to academic mobility.

“The programme will enable the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Ukraine university to continue their academic programmes uninterrupted, in addition to the existing distance learning mode, as a similar model is applied in particular for the organisation of academic cooperation with universities in Turkey and some other countries.

“It is also geared towards the creation of a sustainable system of educational, scientific and cultural cooperation between the two universities, based on high international academic standards, thereby encouraging the development of regional cooperation for the harmonisation of educational qualifications, implementation of effective models and forms of education that meet the current challenges and global trends.”

It also said besides the programmes, the two universities would expand the cooperation by ensuring quality cross-cultural communications, development of international partnerships for the commercialisation of educational products, encouraging the development of the knowledge economy and enriching the scope of educational programs, disciplines and teaching experience of both institutions.

Ogbede said he looked forward to a time the cooperation would enable the two institutions to conduct joint educational programmes, degree and qualification courses with common or dual certification, which may include the harmonisation of the curricula between the two parties and mutual recognition of prior periods of study at the partner university.