Centre of Excellence in Migration and Global Studies

Centre of Excellence in Migration and Global Studies is a fulcrum of evidence based research about pressing and emerging migration challenges in Nigeria, Africa and the globe.

CEMGS - NOUN Migration Research Network

About Us

Established in February 2020 with a grant from TETFUND, the Centre of Excellence in Migration and Global Studies is a research hub with emphasis on field based research that impacts policy formulation and execution for solutions to both internal and global migration. We focus on internal capacity building first and foremost, and stress Afrocentric-based methods in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science. It is the first of its kind in Nigeria and an innovation with distinct concept, context, perspective, and focus.

Historical Context

Global migration and mobility has become part of human history and cannot be divorced from developmental plans, economics, politics, social, and education of the citizens. Both internal and external migrations have to influence who we are, what we do, and our future. The establishment of the Centre marked a milestone in the history of NOUN under the leadership of Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu, the Vice Chancellor.The Centre is therefore a fulcrum of research about migrations, both internal and external; and its conceptualisation, contextualisation, and decolonisation are primarily for internal paradigm, dimension, and capacity development for field-based research and policy oriented recommendations arising therefrom. It is a critical Afrocentric centred division that transfers theories, concepts, etc. into policy oriented research useable for national policy use, and global adaptation. Our Migration Observatory is field-based using ethnographic, arts methods, and extensive narratives that validate theories.


To be the bridge between humanity and the future


To provide sustainable leverage for interdisciplinary research in migration and global studies

Core Values

Integrity | Inclusion | Diversity | Service |Participatory

Core Mandates

To provide leverage for field based and solution driven research

To serve as agent of national policy for migration studies

To seek grants for academic activities and outreach for sustainability

To organise occasional seminars, conferences, and public lectures.​

To publish and sustain peer reviewed academic journal and monograph series

To collaborate with stakeholders in the field and policy makers

To organise occasional seminars, conferences, and public lectures.


Centre of Excellence in Migration and Global studies (CEMGS) explores evidence based research concepts, methodological innovations that impacts policy formulation and execution for solutions to migration and related issues.




Seminar Series

Meet the Director

Professor Hakeem Ibikunle Tijani PhD. MNAL; FRhist; Fspsp;

He is the first Asante Distinguished Research Fellow, The University of Georgia, Athens. A scholar, administrator, and educationist with over three decades experience in both traditional and E-Learning institutions.

He has occupied senior management position in Nigeria and the United States of America at various institutions serving as Executive Director and Director of funded academic Centers, and Programmes. He became a full Professor in April 2009 at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He was the pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education, and Chairman Committee of Deans and Academic Programmes, pioneer Deputy Vice Chancellor, between 2011 and 2016 respectively at Adeleke University.

He has published widely in referred journals and authored and co-edited eight books. Notable among his scholarly works are: Nigeria’s Urban History: Past and Present (University Press of America: Baltimore, 2005); Britain, leftist nationalists and the transfer of power in Nigeria, 1945-1965 (Routledge: London, 2006); Africa and the wider world (Pearson: Boston, 2010); The African Diaspora: Historical Analysis, Poetic Verses, and Pedagogy (2009); Union Education in Nigeria: Labor, Empire and Decolonization since 1945 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); The Rot in Nigerian Public Universities (Abuja: Committee of Vice Chancellors, 2014); etc. Professor Tijani is on the Advisory Board of National Covid-19 Research Consortium (NCRC), and the co-Lead of its Social Science Research Working Group. He is a Commonwealth Scholar, Bernadette Schmidt Scholar, Harry S. Truman Research awardee, a member of the Nigeria Academy of Letters, and Fellow, Royal Historical Society, UK and Society for Peace Studies and Practice respectively. He has traveled globally and have extensive knowledge of national and global education, experiential learning, study abroad, e-learning and pedagogy, and managing partnerships, linkages and recruitment.


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CEMGS - Contextualizing Psychiatry And Migration