WASCAL’s Graduate Research Programme in West African Climate Change Systems (GRP WACS) unit at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria has won the 2016 Chancellor Excellence and Productivity award.

The prestigious award which was given during the convocation week of the University, recognized WACS as the best unit. The award goes to acknowledge the excellent performance and outstanding contributions of WASCAL towards the development of the University. WACS was presented with a plaque and amount of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000).  

WASCAL, in partnership with the Federal University of Technology, Akure in Nigeria started the Doctoral Programme in West African Climate Systems in 2012, with support from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany (BMBF). Twenty-Nine (29) students from within West Africa have so far enrolled for Doctoral degree under this programme, and 19 of them have graduated.

The award is an indication of WASCAL’s pivotal role in building the capacities of the next generation of scientists and policy makers to help combat the issue of climate change in West Africa.