The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe was in Finland with his team on 15-21 April 2018. The group had an extensive programme with meetings in various institutions of higher education. The Nigerian delegation is particularly focused on innovations, and on how they are put into practice through entrepreneurship. During their visit to Finland, the delegation also has discussions with officials at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education. The main goal of the visit is to establish cooperation and connections between the University of Lagos and Finnish higher education institutions.
The Ambassador Suomela-Chowdhury attended the convocation ceremony at the University of Lagos on 11th May 2018. During her visit to the University she also had a chance to discuss with the Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellors their visit to Finland and possible ways to cooperate in the future. The Ambassador also gave a goodwill message at the Convocation ceremony, which can be found below in its entirety:
"It is an honour to be here today, at one of the prime universities of Nigeria, and to be part of the convocation ceremony for the award of higher degrees of the School of Postgraduate Studies and conferment of titles of distinguished professors and emeritus professor.
In Finland, we think that education is the most important thing. It certainly is what built my country. When you do not have many people, and not too many natural resources either, you have to make the most of the human potential that you do have. And of course this does also apply to larger societies. No country can afford to waste its human capital.
I was very pleased recently to receive the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos at the Embassy of Finland in Abuja, and even more pleased that, together with his senior staff, he had the opportunity to visit Finland, to personally acquaint himself with the many opportunities for collaboration between UniLag and Finnish higher education institutions. Clearly, he has hit the ground running! My congratulations go to Professor Olywatoyin T. Ogundiple, for his investiture as the 12th Vice-Chancellor.
The University of Lagos should be commended for its open and active approach towards exploring international and other partnerships. Your quest for the best possible research, development, and innovation - and for the ever more important links with the private sector – are certainly putting you on the right track for achieving the goal of becoming the African hub for research and a 21st century world class university – as you put it yourself.
Today, of course, I also want to warmly congratulate all those that are part of this convocation. It is a day of celebration and of great achievements. I wish you all the best, and look forward to further deepening and strengthening our relations with the University of Lagos."