NUST leads African universities in joining Global Land Tool Network

NUST signed a Partnership Charter to become the first African university to join the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN). The GLTN is a dynamic and multi-sectoral alliance of international partners committed to increasing access to land and tenure security for all, with a particular focus on the poor, women and youth.

Its partners include international rural and urban civil society organisations, research and training institutions, bilateral and multilateral organisations, and international professional bodies.

The GLTN, which supported its partners and multilateral donor organisations is hosted at the UN-Habitat, in Nairobi, Kenya. While presenting the Charter to NUST, the Co-Chair of the International Training and Research Cluster of the GLTN, Prof Uchendu Chigbu, noted the importance for NUST to use its membership as a platform to engage and collaborate with partners in the sector, globally. Prof Chigbu recently joined NUST as an Associate Professor of Land Management.

Prof Uchendu Chigbu (left) and Dr Andrew NiikondoIn his acceptance speech, NUST Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr Andrew Niikondo, expressed gratitude for the opportunity, emphasising that the University plans to expand its global footprint in land governance. 

The GLTN consists of 80 partner organisations who work together to develop, disseminate and implement pro-poor and gender-responsive land tools. A land tool is a practical way to solve problems in land administration and management. It is a way to put principles, policies and legislation into effect. 

Notable members of the GLTN include multilateral organisations such as the World Bank, GIZ, UNEP, UNECA, FAO, Cities Alliance and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

NUST has been admitted into the International Training and Research Cluster, where it joins organisations such as the University of Twente / ITC (The Netherlands), the Technical University of Munich (Germany), Aalborg University (Denmark), RMIT University (Australia), and the University of East London, and 23 other research institutions. 

NUST is one of the leading universities in the land management and land administration education within the African continent, through Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa (NELGA). 

Its admission into the GLTN reflects its goal to become truly international and global player in higher education and research. The membership of NUST will be administered at the Department of Land and Property Sciences, in the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences. 

Date: 
Monday, December 7, 2020
for Month: 
December, 2020

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