Knowledge for a sustainable world

NRI alumnus Dr Aliyu A Turaki, a senior lecturer at Kebbi State University of Science & Technology in Nigeria, returned to NRI on 9th December on a visit as part of a research collaboration and to give a seminar entitled ‘Identifying mealybug species affecting yam crops across northern Nigeria’. Turaki credits NRI for laying the foundations for his successful career in the department of crop production at the Nigerian University. He says that studying at NRI for his PhD transformed his life, and he took five minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to NRI Communications Officer, Linden Kemkaran.

Jaspher Ewany successfully completed his one-year course at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, where he studied for a MSc in Agriculture for Sustainable Development. He took five minutes out of his day to talk to NRI Communications Officer, Linden Kemkaran, about his time here at the University and how he now makes a ‘song and dance’ out of agriculture...

NRI has a fantastic reputation for research and for teaching agricultural sciences, and that was what persuaded me to come here. I was originally awarded the Marshall Papworth Scholarship to study an MSc. Agriculture and Development at the University of Reading, but NRI’s excellent reputation played a huge role in my decision to choose NRI at the University of Greenwich instead. I also wanted to be part of the most prestigious scholarship in the world, the UK Commonwealth Scholarship, which I was subsequently awarded to study at Greenwich.

Safeenah Safiyan has just come to the end of her one-year course at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, where she studied for a MSc in Agriculture for Sustainable Development. She took five minutes out of her pre-graduation preparation to talk to NRI Communications Officer, Linden Kemkaran, about her time here at the University.

On my first day at NRI I remember turning up to registration and feeling nervous, but I needn’t have as everyone was really nice and the staff were very welcoming especially during the orientation period. I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed, I was suddenly with all these people from different countries I wondered how we would all fit in with each other.

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