The Managing Director of BASF West Africa, Dr Jean Marc Ricca has paid a courtesy call on the Deans of Faculty of Mining and Minerals Technology and School of Petroleum Studies with the intention of exploring opportunities that may lead to both academic and business partnerships between the two institutions.
Prof William K. Buah (5th from right), leader of UMaT Team and Dr Jean Marc Ricca (4th from left), leader of BASF Team
Dr Ricca, who was accompanied by other officials of the Company was hosted by Prof William K. Buah, Dean, Faculty of Mining and Minerals Technology, Assoc Prof Eric Broni-Bediako, Dean, School of Petroleum Studies and some members from the two faculties.
Welcoming Dr Ricca and his team, Prof Buah commended BASF for its contribution and as a leading chemical producer. Prof Buah briefed them of the various programmes of the University and stressed on those that have both direct and significant relationship with the activities of BASF with specific reference to programmes of the Faculty of Mining and Minerals Technology and School of Petroleum Studies.
Dr Ricca expressed satisfaction with the University and its contribution to mining and related engineering education and stated that, BASF has developed keen interest in the University due to its mining, oil and gas programmes. He further stated that BASF wishes to establish mutual relationship with the University centred on business and academic partnership where the University would conduct various researches into relevant industry centred problems for BASF. On its part, BASF would support funding of such researches and also assist students of the University with internship opportunities with BASF.
Members of the two teams held productive interactions showing their commitment to exploring partnership opportunities and they both agreed to have a Memorandum of Understanding to guide the partnership.
BASF is a multinational chemical company which has its headquarters located in Ludwigshafen, Germany. The company deals with various portfolios ranging from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As a leading chemical producer, BASF combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, the Company assists its customers in industry to meet the current and future needs of society. It has production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa.
Source: University Relations Office