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UNN Seeks LEADERSHIP Support On $7m Science Park In Nigeria

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By Chika Okeke, Abuja –

The University of Nigeria Nsukka and a Swedish investor have solicited the support of LEADERSHIP Newspaper towards the establishment of first science park in Africa.

The park, which is to be set-up at UNN main campus and named Lion Science Park, is expected to gulp over $7million.

Lion Science park is a triple helix involving the university, business community and government, intended to  boost technological innovation in the county.

The founder of Science Park Sweden, Dr Sven-Thore Holm stated this when he visited the coporate headquarters of LEADERSHIP. Newspaper in Abuja.

He was  accompanied by Mr Ike Willie Nwobu;  vice chancellor of UNN, Prof Benjamin Ozumba and other staff of UNN.

Holm noted that he has been working with Swedish innovative system for the past 35 years, adding that Swedish companies are all over the world.

He maintained that there hasbeen collaboration between Nigerian universities and Sweden for decades, saying that there is a need for universities and institutes to set up new companies that would be rooted in research and education.

“There is a need to institute a support system to train people to manage employment and make the economy of this country prosperous and our country to grow and to keep up the standard of living for everybody”.

Holm who is a Doctor of Technology at Wind University Sweden confirmed that some staff from UNN visited Sweden on February, which he said yielded to ongoing construction of incubator at UNN.

He said with the first phase of science park in UNN that existing companies could move into the campus and collaborate with different faculties on educational research.

 


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