In an effort aimed at advancing tertiary technical education in Nigeria and producing market-ready graduates, The Technical University, Ibadan is set to sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Automation and Engineering Academy Limited.
According to a statement signed by the Registrar of the University, Mr. Alex A. Oladeji, “under the terms of the MoU, The Technical University, Ibadan, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (Oluyole Branch) and Automation and Engineering Academy will work togetherto develop an excellent technical curriculum that will be used in the training of students at The Technical University, Ibadan”.
The signing has been slated for Tuesday, 10th April, 2018 at the Senate Hall of The Technical University, Ibadan, Kilometer 15, Ibadan-Lagos Expressway at 12.00 noon prompt.
The partnership, according to the Registrar, “will nurture exchange of ideas, networks, resources and experiences among the University, the Nigerian Society of Engineers as well as Automation and Engineering Academy”.
With the MoU, The Technical University, Ibadan, which was established to combat the growing scourge of youth unemployment, is blazing the trail in establishing a strong link between gown and the industry. The collaboration is the first step in bridging the unemployability gap of an average Nigerian graduate.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami had assured during the orientation programmesfor the University’s pioneer set of students that the university will engage industry experts and come up with what should be the minimum for anybody to be self-employable.
Tech-U, Nigeria’s premier Technical University provides entrepreneurial and vocational training to all students as part of her obligation to efficiently and responsibly balance theoretical and practical knowledge of science, technology and engineering in addressing societal problems while maintaining a culture of entrepreneurship. “We blend the theory with the practical because we want to ensure that by the time our students graduate, they are not only loaded with empirical knowledge, they will have the skills that can make them add value and fit directly into the industry”, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed.
Graduates of The Technical University, Ibadan will have various opportunities; including owning their own businesses, not being limited to the Nigerian space and they will not need any form of retraining to fit into any industry.
Therefore, the partnership between Tech-U, the NSE and AEA is one that will have a positive impact on Nigeria’s education sector, especially tertiary technical education.
Packaged by Mariam Azeez