The Africa Centre of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning (ACETEL) has held a meeting with the Elsevier Company, as the Centre sought for partnership, to train and empower students and staff with the skills and resources necessary to conduct high-quality research, share knowledge and access external funding opportunities.

The meeting held Friday, June 23, 2023, in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Librarian’s, office at the headquarters, Abuja.

Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps researchers to make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. They help governments and universities to evaluate and improve their research strategies.

The Centre Director, ACETEL, Prof. Grace Jokthan, while speaking to the Elsevier team, said the partnership is required to enhance the capacity of students and staff in sourcing materials for research in high-impact journal publications.
She said it is also expected to enhance research, knowledge sharing and the ability to secure grants from international donors.

According to reports, some of the objectives highlighted at the meeting aims to improve the skills and abilities of students and staff members in finding and accessing relevant materials for their research.

It also highlights the area of building capacity, to make individuals more proficient in identifying and gathering appropriate sources, such as; scholarly articles, studies and other relevant information from reputable and high impact journals.

The objectives also focuses on broader outcomes related to research and funding opportunities, as the ability to source grants from international donors gives individuals an increased likelihood of securing funding for their research endeavours, thereby enabling them to pursue ambitious projects and make greater contributions to their fields.

Present at the meeting were the Director, ACETEL, Prof. Grace Jokthan, University Librarian, Dr. Okpala Angela Ebele, Elsevier area Manager Egypt and North-East Africa, Khalid Salam, Elsevier Regional Manager Sub-Sahara Africa, Victor Okeugo, Elsevier Commercial Rep. Nigeria, Ibrahim Usman.