Nile University of Nigeria hosted a delegation from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on September 25, 2019. The aim of the visit was to discuss potential areas of collaboration between both institutions, especially in the area of Postgraduate Studies. The Nile University staff present at the event included Prof. Nurettin Can (DVC RICOR), Prof. Alpaslan Toker (HOD, English Studies; Director of International Relations), Prof. Ahmet Arabaci (HOD, Political Science and International Relations), Assoc. Prof. Gylich Jelilov (Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), to name a few.

Addressing the hosts, Karen Ohen (Director of Admissions, Johns Hopkins SAIS) highlighted the mutually beneficial opportunities available to both organizations should a partnership agreement be reached. According to her, the Paul H. Nitze SAIS has recently added a number of Master’s degree programs to its existing offerings, creating a massive opportunity for collaboration with Nile University which already has an established School of Postgraduate Studies. Particular areas she highlighted in this regard included student exchange programs, knowledge sharing, to name a few.

Following Karen Ohen’s presentation, Assoc. Prof. Gylich acknowledged the huge promise held by a partnership between both institutions for Nile University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). According to him, the MA International Economics and Finance program offered by Johns Hopkins is of particular interest to his Faculty since the latter (FASS) is already in the process of launching a similar course in the School of Postgraduate Studies.

The meeting ended on a hopeful note with both parties expressing optimism that a mutually beneficial agreement will be reached after further discussions with their respective organizations’ management.