CERHI ’s History
University of Benin was among several Universities in West and Central Africa that applied for support to establish The Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI) in disciplines related to Health in the third quarter of 2013. The proposals from the various Universities were subjected to a series of assessments using criteria benchmarked to best international practices. The assessment included reviews of the submitted proposals followed by site visits to selected Universities that scaled the first round of assessment before a list of successful Centres was announced.
The World Bank/Association of African Universities (AAU) assessment team visited University of Benin to assess the leadership in the University. Based on the assessments, University of Benin was one of the 22 universities that received a highly competitive grant from the World Bank in 2014 to establish African Centres of Excellence (ACE) programmes to foster regional integration and development in different science disciplines. The Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI), University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria is one of these Centres of Excellence established and supported by the World Bank.
To be a leading institution providing innovative and transformational changes on matters relating to population and development and the improvement of the living standards of citizens in Africa.
To implement high quality training and applied research for reproductive health professionals needed to build new cohort of human resource for reducing region’s high burden of fertility unsafe abortion, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS.
WHY APPLY AT THE ACE?
All CERHI programmes have obtained institutional accreditation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA) based in Belgium. In addition, two of our short courses were given international accreditation as a Continuing Training & Education Event (CTEE). CERHI also received international accreditation from the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES), France for Masters programmes in Nursing, Reproductive Health and Health Economics. All CERHI programmes have had national accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria. Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills that will enable them compete with their peers trained in other parts of the World.
Cutting Edge Research and Innovation
CERHI is a research and training Centre with emphasis on cutting edge research and innovation. Studying with us would afford students the opportunity to join the CERHI team of award winning scientists and experts who have led the development and implementation of several ground-breaking ideas in research in the field of sexual and reproductive health and population studies.
CERHI has innovative curricula that encourage interdisciplinary training of students with emphasis on development of superior problem-solving and analytical skills. These programmes cover well chosen areas that are scientifically up to date and have high relevance and attractiveness for the labour market in Africa and globally.
Cutting Edge Research and Innovation
CERHI has an ultramodern Secretariat located in the heart of the University of Benin with the following facilities:
- Lecture Theatres, with modern learning materials
- Teleconferencing facilities
- Laboratory for high grade research
- Reproductive health library
- E-library facilities with EBSCO host journal, science direct, E-journals, E-books and Journals
- Free WI-FI, both in classrooms and in students’ hostels
- Uninterrupted power supply etc.
The Centre also has a comfortable and well-furnished accommodation for international students which features uninterrupted power supply alongside free Wi-Fi and comfortable conveniences for students. An ultramodern guest house, well-furnished and equipped with comfortable furnishings for visiting faculty and exchange students with a 24/7 power supply and free Wi-Fi is also hosted by CERHI.
Scholarships/Internship Opportunities for Students
CERHI offers scholarships to highly qualified international students as well as support students on internship programmes in National, Regional and International Institutions. Internship is an integral part of the programme offered to students in relevant public and private sector establishments to enable the students enhance their technical as well as develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students are welcome to submit applications for these scholarship to the Centre’s Management Office.
The Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation has enrolled students from different African countries making a truly continent-wide Centre of Excellence. This has facilitated the exchange of knowledge between African Countries.
The CERHI Students’ Support Team
CERHI is made up of an excellent team ready to assist and guide students throughout their course of study to establish and keep lifelong friendships. CERHI programme is being implemented by the University of Benin in collaboration with partner institutions. We invite you to take advantage of the academic programmes, amenities and services provided by the Centre, to aid your adjustment, overall welfare and sustain your academic pursuit. We enjoin you to exercise the intellectual privilege you now have at your disposal with utmost caution, discretion and due regard for the needs, right and welfare of both your immediate and the wider community.