Category Archives: Education

Covid-19: Top Universities fear fall in lucrative overseas students

Top Universities fear fall in lucrative overseas students because of  coronavirus.

Which sector of the economy do you think is being hardest hit by the coronavirus – construction, retail, transport or catering?

Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Postpones Screening Test For 72 Regular Courses

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) says it has postponed the screening test for its 72 Regular Course schedule to hold on May 30, adding that a new date will be communicated.

The Academy’s Registrar, Brig- Gen Ayoola Aboaba, announced the postponement in a statement he signed and issued on Wednesday in Kaduna.

73-year-old Nigerian woman, earns Ph.D from Howard University

Cheering news reaching us has it that One of Howard University’s latest Ph.D graduates is proving it’s never too late to achieve your dreams.

Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu, 73, defended her dissertation at the historically black university in Washington, D.C. on April 26, earning her doctorate in Communication, Culture and Media Studies, the school said in a news release.

Check out Profile of Ibrahim Gambari, Buhari’s New Chief Of Staff

Since the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, politically conscious Nigerians had been curious about his likely successor.

Mr Kyari’s death from complications to coronavirus infection dominated the media space from the incident on April 17, with tributes from friends, colleagues and the media. He died weeks after contracting the novel coronavirus. Mr Kyari was a powerful presidential aide, technocrat, journalist, administrator, banker and politician. Following his death, many newspapers speculated on who President Buhari would likely pick to replace him.

Yale President Peter Salovey visits Nigeria to expand partnerships

Yale University’s president, arrived in Nigeria this week to deliver on the promise of the Yale Africa Initiative, a long-term university wide commitment to enhance Yale’s ongoing bilateral engagement with African institutions and to bring African scholarship, research, and education at Yale into sharper focus. He will participate with the university’s collaborators in meetings, events, tours, and other activities to build and strengthen Yale’s research and educational partnerships across the continent.
As he arrived in Lagos with a delegation of Yale faculty and staff members, Professor Salovey remarked, “In a world that is growing in complexity and becoming more interrelated, successful universities will embrace global networks and exchanges. While in Nigeria, home to the continent’s largest economy, I am looking forward to meeting with some truly extraordinary people. With this visit I hope to build on Yale’s robust relationships in Nigeria and other nations in Africa to strengthen education, research, and scholarship in the global community.”

The Yale Women’s Leadership Forum, a major program of the Yale Africa Initiative, takes place on Saturday, January 18. Professor Salovey and Ms. Emma Sky (director of Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a senior fellow of the Yale Jackson Institute) will offer welcoming remarks and participate in the forum. The event will also feature remarks from Ms. Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega, president of Spanish Council of State and president of Fundación Mujeres por África (Women for Africa Foundation).

The forum is part of a flagship program established in 2015 and sponsored by Yale in partnership with Fundación Mujeres por África and Banco Santander. It aims to amplify the effectiveness and influence of women in African governments by serving as a catalyst for open dialogue and fostering mentoring relationships between one generation of African women leaders and the next.

The forum will feature personal leadership testimonials from a panel of program alumni: Obiageli Ezekwesili (from Nigeria), Ramatoulaye Diallo (Mali), Maria Kiwanuka (Uganda), Remi Sonaiya (Nigeria), and Nana Oye Lithur (Ghana). The discussion will be moderated by Olabosipo Sawyerr-Bassey, a graduate of the Yale School of Management (Class of 2007) from Nigeria, and Stephanie Busari (journalist and editor at CNN International, based in Nigeria). A special session of the program will focus on reaffirming the commitment to and developing leadership approaches toward the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals. The forum will conclude with remarks from Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili (Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, presidential candidate of Nigeria’s 2019 election, and former vice president for the World Bank’s Africa Region).

The Lagos Business School, along with three other schools in Africa, is a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a network of over 30 business schools around the world launched in 2012 by Yale and other institutions. Professor Salovey’s trip includes a visit to the Lagos campus of Pan Atlantic University where he will meet with Dr. Enase Okonedo, dean of Lagos Business School, and members of the school’s leadership team. Professor Salovey will deliver a lecture to students, faculty, and invited guests on the topic of “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership in Business.” Following his talk, Professor Salovey will participate in a question and answer session with audience members.

While in Lagos, Professor Salovey will meet with officials to finalize plans to expand the HAPPINESS Project (Health Action for Psychiatric Problems In Nigeria including Epilepsy and Substances), an ongoing Yale partnership with the government of Imo State, Nigeria. This pioneering program aims to increase access to effective, evidence-based treatments for mental and neurological disorders in underserved areas of the country, using technology and existing care infrastructure.

The HAPPINESS project oversees the training of primary care workers in rural communities to screen for, assess, and manage these disorders in their communities. Initiated in 2018, the project is a collaboration between Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Imo State University Teaching Hospital. It is supported by the Yale Global Mental Health Program, CBM International, and the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

Yale has three alumni clubs across Africa-in Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa. During Professor Salovey’s visit, he will be participating in a networking reception with officials and members of the Yale Club of Nigeria. The event will include Dr. Haroun Adamu (Yale College Class of ’70) and Mr. Lawrence Fubara Anga (Yale College Class of ’80), the president and vice-president, respectively, of the Yale Club of Nigeria.

Early in his trip, Professor Salovey will visit Heirs Holding, a pan-African financial services institution, where he will discuss African entrepreneurship with Mr. Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holding and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Professor Salovey will also visit Techpoint , the largest tech media agency in Africa, where he will participate in a town hall-style meeting and interactive discussion with key leaders in the Lagos technology entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Plans are underway for an exhibition in 2021 dedicated to the work of the twentieth-century Nigerian sculptor Bámgbóyè at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven; it will feature a number of works on loan from the National Museum. Professor Salovey will tour the galleries of the National Museum with Mrs. Edith Ekunke (head of museums for the National Commission for Museums and Monuments), Mrs. Omotayo Adeboye (curator at the National Museum), and Mr. James Green, assistant curator of African art at the Yale University Art Gallery. The group will discuss a planned collaborative research and conservation project, in partnership with Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, which will involve in-depth research into the works on loan along with the training of conservation staff from the National Museum both in Lagos and New Haven.

The Yale Africa Initiative is a commitment announced by Professor Salovey in his inaugural remarks in 2013 to foster new directions in research on Africa and to identify new partnerships and deepen current ones, all while transforming the educational experiences and career opportunities of students at Yale and in Africa. Through the Yale Africa Initiative, Yale continues to leverage the power of partnerships and global networks across the continent to create new knowledge in science, public health, business, and other disciplines and to improve lives around the globe.

How Nigerian Students Contributed $514m To U.S. Economy In 2018

At least 13,423 Nigerian students currently studying in the U.S. contributed 514 million dollars to the U.S. economy in 2018, according to official data.The data is contained in the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Wolfe Creek Crater younger than previously thought ​

Wolfe Creek Crater, one of the world’s largest meteorite craters, is much younger than previously thought.

Wolfe Creek Crater is situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in northern Western Australia. It is the second largest crater on Earth from which meteorite fragments have been recovered (the largest is Meteor Crater in Arizona).

French Nationality Remains Best in the World, while Brexit Britain Risks a Dramatic Decline

French citizens can take satisfaction that their nationality has once again been ranked as the best in the world, while for citizens of the UK, the ramifications of a ‘hard’ Brexit could well sink the quality of their nationality from 8th globally, to 56th (the current position of China). This is according to the latest findings of the Kälin and Kochenov’s Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), which is the only ranking that objectively measures and ranks all the world’s nationalities as legal statuses.

Holding the top spot for eight consecutive years, France earned a score of 83.5% out of a possible 100% — less than one percentage point ahead of Germany and the Netherlands, which sit in joint-2nd place with 82.8%. While the difference between the quality of French and Dutch and German nationalities is relatively narrow, France’s comparative advantage lies in its greater settlement freedom (attributable mainly to the country’s former colonial empire).

Nigeria is Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Greatest Commitment – Bill Gates

The World’s second richest man, Bill Gates, Thursday in New York, described Nigeria as the greatest commitment of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates made this comment while meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari along with African richest man, Aliko Dangote, at the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Study discovers abnormal expression of genes in psychopathy

Study discovers abnormal expression of genes in psychopathy

The expression of many genes that have previously been associated with autism is abnormal also in violent psychopathy, a new study shows. The researchers used stem cell technology to analyse the expression of genes and proteins in the brain cells of psychopathic violent offenders. Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the findings may open up new avenues for the treatment of psychopathy. The study was carried out in collaboration between the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Helsinki and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

Psychopathy is an extreme form of antisocial behaviour, with about 1% prevalence in the general population, and 10–30% prevalence among incarcerated criminal offenders. Psychopathy is known to be strongly hereditary, but whether or not it is associated with abnormal expression of genes or proteins in neurons has remained unclear– up until now.

In the newly published study, the researchers used stem cell technology to analyse the expression of genes and proteins that have been associated with psychopathy. The study participants’ skin cells were used to create pluripotent stem cells, which were then differentiated into cortical neurons and astrocytes. The study population comprised psychopathic violent offenders and healthy controls. Since psychopathy was accompanied by substance abuse, the study population also included non-psychopathic substance abusers. This made it possible for the researchers to determine which abnormalities were associated exclusively with psychopathy.

The study shows that psychopathy is associated with robust alterations in the expression of genes and immune-response-related molecular pathways. Several of these genes have also been linked to autism.  In neurons, psychopathy was associated with marked upregulation of RPL10P9 and ZNF132, and downregulation of CDH5 and OPRD1.  In astrocytes, RPL10P9 and MT-RNR2 were upregulated. The expression of these genes explained 30–92% of the variance of psychopathic symptoms. Psychopathy was also associated with altered expression of proteins related to glucose metabolism and the opioid system.

Several earlier studies have suggested that violent and psychotic behaviour are associated with alterations in glucose metabolism and opioidergic neurotransmission. The new findings support the idea of abnormal opioid system function being a factor underlying psychopathy. This suggests that using long-lasting injections of naltrexone or buprenorphine to balance the opioid system could be a feasible treatment for psychopathy.

Senior Researcher Sarka Lehtonen, University of Eastern Finland, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences and University of Helsinki, Neuroscience Centre, sarka.lehtonen (a)