Bells University of Technology and New Horizons have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost the employability and entrepreneurial chances of the unversity’s graduates by formalising a strategic training partnership.
At the MoU signing event on the university campus, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran, said the programme would accord the students “great opportunities in exploring the Information Technology space,” irrespective of their academic disciplines.
He also said that the relevant university employees would also enjoy periodic staff training.
Ojediran said, “The seamless mandatory schedule will guarantee that every student of the university will undergo specialised international certification-based professional IT and e-Business skills training and acquire a minimum of four international professional licences in lucrative technologies.”
The vice chancellor said that given the global economic challenges and the shrinking employment opportunities worldwide and in Nigeria especially, Bells University graduates would be able to use the extra internationally validated professional skills-set as the “icing crown on their BSc and BA academic degree cakes.’’
He said, “This will enable them to become the toast of employers for lucrative jobs, as well as get opportunity to become self-employed as specialists and consultants in the globally hot skills and certification areas.”
According to Ojediran, time is now ripe for Bells University to lead others to produce the next generation of the likes of Bill Gates of Microsoft, Mack Zuckerberg of Facebook, among others, “that will enable Nigerian graduates to leverage the huge potential in the ICT to reposition the Nigerian economy from an oil-dependent nation to an ICT giant nation.”
He said nations such as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and India transformed their poor economies through the ICT.
The Managing Director, New Horizons, Nigeria branch, Mr. Tim Akano, restated the necessity for such strategic synergies between the academics and the industry in the information age.