ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 402 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.
The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 48,785 hours and their 214 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 393,449 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT PHILEMON BARNABAS KUZA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.
University of Ibadan | Ibadan, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 2
" Generally my interest as an Open advocate stems out of the desire to engage globally. The Results of research of most Undergraduates in Nigeria are in prints and ends on the shelf of their Project supervisors hence of no benfit to anyone. Hence my quest to make our knowldge findings accessible to the globe because there is no longer an excuse as anyone can touch anywhere on the globe at any location at any given time at low cost through the internet.
I am particularly excited to be a Millenium Fellow because this is a great platform to give my project a voice. I am optimistic that this Project will build capacity in our campus and stop the continuous burying of research findings especially that of final year undegraduates because of this fellowship. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Open Campus Initiative Nigeria
The impulse project is a designed mobile application and website to initiate digitalization of undergraduates research articles. A user friendly Mobile Application and website will be launched which undergraduates students can interact with, upload their research articles online. We will also give room for retrospective collation of research articles to build a strong archive of articles. This will improve quality of education in Nigeria as it will cause a change in the culture of research amongst undergraduates. We will collaborate with companies, organizations, government agencies to put down their challenges structured as research topics for
Nigerian undergraduates registered on our platform to begin problem solving research. The innovation is tagged IMPULSE WEB/APP
which is a well thought out plan of Open Campus Initiative Nigeria to increase her impact in the area of advocacy for Open Education,Open Access and Open Data .
IMPULSE was derived from I Must PUblish a Logical and Scholarly research article for Exploration which was an advocacy theme to motivate students into research.
In addition to it, raise awareness of the place of open access, open data, open education in achieving goal four of the sustainable development goals.
We planned to carry out online campaign on the concepts open education, open access, open data to enlighten the University community.
Also we planned to carry out an online survey with the aim of raising awareness of these concepts and Campaigning against the disposal of research articles in the waste bins.
We also hoped to raise about 600,000 naira to help design the IMPULSE Web/App which the donations we got was in kind with just a cash of just 1% of it.
After designing the platform, we hoped to start retrospective digitalization of undergraduate research articles. At first we wanted including that of lecturers but discovered the best approach was to start with students as their research articles end on the waste bins with benefit to no one.
To increase the quality of research output, we planned to write proposals to Organizations to foster collaboration. The institutions including companies, governmental and Non governmental organizations we hope they submit challenges/problems on our platform for Undergraduates who are registered on our platform to pick up those challenges and engage in problem solving oriented research and proffer solution. This we hope will build the capacity of Nigerian universities SDG 4, UNAI 2, build trust and make Nigerians suitable for employment (SDG9) and Encourage partnerships (Goal 17).
As a future plan, we hope to partner with Telecommunications company to make our platform Toll free to foster research.
About the Millennium Fellow
I am a Final year Medical student of the University of Ibadan with interest in Community development. I am passionate about Education, Health and Good Governance. I am a Scholar of Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Co founder of Success Seminar Forum , a platform that mentored over 200 secondary school students in Nasarawa State, Northern Nigeria and a Volunteer Member of CHECK Medical Missions Incorporated, a Non Profit organization reaching the deprived rural areas of Oyo State Nigeria with quality health services via Medical Outreaches.