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Deploying research-based learning to improve students’ employability


Director International Education, Loyalist College, Ontario, Jim Whiteway, has said that research based curriculum can enhance and improve the employability of students.

He stated the imperatives of students having business acumen, team work, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving skills so as to compete globally.
Whiteway made the remarks during Loyalist College delegation visit to Grace School, Gbagada.

The director noted that at Loyalist, students are equipped with practical application of the theoretical knowledge they are learning.Whiteway said that choice of Grace School was because of its reputation in terms of strength of the graduate and dedication to students success.

“The important great work Grace school does is to support the community, so, I felt it is  going to be a successful partnership,” he added.
Whiteway disclosed that having an Ontario college diploma is something a student can take to any country in the world and it will be accepted as a post secondary credentials. 

He continued: “The opportunity for international education I think it is critical for young people and the world is such a small place. If you are looking to be competitive in terms of employer in a work place, having had an international experience in education and work would set you apart from many of the people that are competing for the same job.”

The expert said students who move away from home have some kind of maturity and the children really change in a good way, “ they develop the ability to be on there own and also grow up and seeing things from different perspective away from the safety of home.”

The director disclosed that in education, when children are challenged and have a little bit of discomfort being away from home that is when the brain opens up and learning happens.

Whiteway added that the practical based entails  working with business and community and not just sitting in the classroom and writing text but being involved in project, committees and working group. Chief Executive Officer, Grace School, Tokunbo Edun said the problem in Nigeria is not lack of job but lack of competent people to do that job.She said that by going to Loyalist, the students are getting the best because they have a lot of structures and technologies put in place to aid learning.

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