LET’S GO BACK AND BUILD OUR OWN HARVARD – Prof Jacob K. Olupona, Ph.D. FNAL, NNOM Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
The birth of Ife Institute of Advanced Studies in July, 2017 (IIAS) crystalized the envisioned transformation of the Nigerian and by extension, African academic landscape.
This initiative is significant in the history of the Institute and that of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife which house it. Our vision is to engender a process of quality knowledge production that would culminate in a dynamic and vibrant community of scholars who will supported by a network of non-university intellectuals, thought-leaders and civil servants across the world.
We hope to emerge as a recognized body of scholars who will inspire and impact policy matters related to Africa’s economic growth and development, to foster cutting-edge research that transcends standard university levels, and encourage careful interdisciplinary work at the intersection of the humanities, life sciences, social sciences, information technology, and social development.
We hope that in a not-too-distant future, the Institute will actualize its plans.