The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi chose to establish a Science and Technology Park to close the gap between academic research and industry, the Vice Chancellor Professor Saminu Ibrahim has said. The VC made the remarks during a visit to the headquarters of Media Trust Limited, Abuja, together with the Chairperson of the Governing Council Ambassador, Nimota Nihinlola Akanbi and few officials.
He said the university was set up by government because of the existence of gap between researchers and entrepreneurs “and we are trying to close the gap with government as an interceder by providing enabling environment so that the inventions would end up as products for people to use. That is why the university has chosen to establish Science and Technology Park.”
He said the university had taken membership of the World Technopolis Association (WTA) which would together with similar bodied play a part in the development of the park. He said the institution had also formed partnership with universities within and outside the county and most especially with the Chungnam National University (CNU), Daejeon, Korea to strengthen research and development while a number of partners have offered to set up ICT hubs in the park.
He said the institution was running management courses to complement research activities.
“Most of the times unfortunately, the scientists are not good businessmen, so you need those that are good in marketing to move our products from the level of research and development to into useful products and bring some money to the nation. Again you need to train people that manage resources and research activities,” he said. He said many universities tended to fail in research because they haven’t got good research management sections. He said, “You may have good researchers, but if you don’t have good units to manage the research, you would end up with good researches in the shelves that are useless.”