His Royal Highness, the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, is just like His Royal Highness, the Emir of Bakura, Alhaji Bello Muhammad Sani, a graduate of the Scottish University of Dundee. Strong academic bonds that they have been nurturing with their former school have recently flourished into a prolific partnership between Scotland and Nigeria.
This November, Dundee faculty members visited Nigerian graduates to be treated to a royal welcome by the two emirs. In the spirit of partnership and to honor the continuous engagement that Dundee has with its wide community of successful alumni, the formal reception was organized at the Royal Palace.
After being welcomed by traditional horn players, drummers, and singers, Dundee faculty members were also greeted by representatives of the Nasarawa State University. The purpose of this meeting, they have stated, was a discussion of further academic collaboration between the two faculties.
A lot has changed since Emir of Keffi and Emir of Bakura have graduated from the Scottish university. Today, nearly 150 Nigerian students are pursuing their degrees at Dundee. Business and law are still the most popular courses among students from this country, but the number of interested candidates keeps growing every year.
Delighted and encouraged by the warm reception, professors and other representatives of the University of Dundee have extended their thank yous to Nigerian emirs, with both sides agreeing to keep nurturing their academic partnership and growing their mutual network of alumni for decades to come.