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Technical varsity is on a rescue mission, says vice chancellor



Vice Chancellor, The Technical University (TechU), Ibadan, Prof Ayobami Salami has disclosed that the institution is on more soon to combat the mounting issues of unemployment confronting the country.

With its focus on the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM),Prof Salami said the university will empower its students with the needed skills to confront world problems.

Already, the institution, established by Oyo state government to produce professionals with complimentary  entrepreneurial skills  is set to commence academic activities in January with 400 pioneer students.

Prof Salami who disclosed this to reporters shortly after a facility tour of the institution ahead of  the institution’s formal take-off said TechU is not only ready for serious academic works, but of ‘ the great tomorrow of world- class infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment it is consciously working to make real.”
He said, “Available statistics lend credence to the fact that the job growth rate for STEM careers is more than 38 percent and it is growing rapidly. STEM careers are also known to yield juicy pays. If Nigeria is to have a fighting chance in the world of socio- economic development. it cannot afford to disregard the kind of human capacity that the STEM disciplines makes possible. I dare say that Tech-U is on a mission to use STEM education to secure a better future for our youths and to midwife the nation’s economic development. “

While pointing out that most of our graduates are unemployable due to inadequacies of their trainings, Prof Salami lamented that at the point of graduation, majority of these students are considered as not being market- ready.

“This gap is attributable in part to the apparent lack of entrepreneurial orientation of several academic programmes in the nation’s university system. Tech-U has a vision to address the employability gaps through entrepreneurial orientation of the average Nigerian youth.

He assured that the university is set to provide such quality training that will enable graduates become ‘job creators, innovators and employers of labour.

“It is for this reason that all students admitted to study here will compulsorily undergo trainings in two vocations selected by them at our Centres for Entrepreneural and Vocational Studies.

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