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Covenant UniversityNigeria’s Covenant University today joined the Virtual Institute, becoming the second university to represent the country in Vi’s academic network.
Located in Ota, Ogun State, in south-western Nigeria, Covenant was established in 2002. With an approach based on holistic human development and an integrated learning curriculum, the university’s vision is to prepare a new generation of leaders for the African continent.
Vi membership was the initiative of Evans Osabuohien, a Vi associate member since 2011, who approached us in October while undertaking a research fellowship at Vi German think tank member, the German Development Institute. 
Our counterpart at Covenant University will be the Department of Economics and Development Studies within the College of Business and Social Sciences. The Department offers BSc, MSc and PhD programmes in economics and in demography and social statistics.
Their research covers a variety of issues related to development. Among them are: economic growth and employment and their links with macroeconomic policies, trade liberalization, foreign direct investment, technology and innovation, and the institutional framework; trade in services; regional integration; migrant workers' remittances; structural transformation, and the role of agriculture in poverty alleviation. 
Osabuohien will be acting as the coordinator of the university's cooperation with the Vi. Holder of a PhD in Economics, he teaches courses on macroeconomics, mathematics for economists, and petroleum economics, among others. His research interests lie in the area of international and institutional economics, and development. His recent work includes papers on finance and growth, remittances in Nigeria, large-scale agricultural land investments and local institutions in Africa, and environmental challenges in Africa. 
He will be supported by co-coordinator, Henry Okodua, PhD in Economics, with a specialization in international economics. He teaches courses on international trade, international finance, econometrics, statistics and mathematics for economists. His recent research papers look into different factors that can influence growth, such as foreign direct investment, migrant workers' remittances, stock market performance, international competitiveness and financial sector development. 
Additionally, several other colleagues, already associate members of the Vi, will participate in the collaboration with the Vi. 
Covenant University is ready to contribute to the network by sharing their publications, engaging in staff/students exchanges and undertaking joint research and other collaborative activities with other members. They would also be interested in working on joint publication outlets such as working paper series or a journal to showcase their research work and that of other Vi members.
They also expect that the membership will give them access to resources such as research papers, data and other learning tools available from the Vi and its members.
We are happy to welcome Covenant University to the Virtual Institute and look forward to our future cooperation.
For more information visit the university profile on the Vi website.