The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, says student exchange programme is an elixir for exposing them to diverse cultures.
Daramola, who said it was also necessary for nation building, urged authorities of Nigerian universities to take the programme seriously.
Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Tunde Arayela, the VC stated this recently while receiving students from the University of Parakou, Republic of Benin, on study tour at Akure.
Expressing optimism that their visit would open new vista for them and enrich their knowledge of the West African sub region, Daramola added that the visit was the beginning of a good relationship between the two universities.
The Director, Advancement Centre, Prof. Bayo Aborisade, in his remarks, said that FUTA, as the one of the most advanced universities of technology in the sub region, would continue to welcome students from the University of Parakou.
Responding, the Head, Foreign Languages at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Ayo Omidire, who led the contingent, said they were impressed with the state of infrastructure at FUTA.
Omidire explained that the students were in Nigeria for a month-long linguistic and cultural immersion.
According to him, they are touring the country’s institutions to have a comparative vision and advantage of the West African sub-region.