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VC charges institutions to prepare youths for technology-driven world

By Kehinde Olatunji
10 December 2020   |   4:05 am
Vice Chancellor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Prof. Reuben Jiya Kolo has tasked school administrators and managers to prepare young people to fit into the new world of work.

Vice Chancellor, Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Prof. Reuben Jiya Kolo has tasked school administrators and managers to prepare young people to fit into the new world of work.

With current trends in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) e characterised by 5G network, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, electronic vehicle, alternative energy revolution among others, Prof Kolo said all hands must be on deck to groom the young generation along current global trends and practices.

The vice chancellor said the institution has started this preparation by upgrading its curricula across all programmes, to reflect latest issues; problems and challenges young people would most likely meet in their professional lives.

“All our students, irrespective of their academic programme undergo compulsory exposure to ICT, which places their foot on the rungs of ICT-competence on which they would be able to build in order to effectively function as Netizens, as we now tend to call these millennials, citizens of the present cyber world.

Prof Kolo said stakeholders in the sector must not be blind to the realities of national life, as the society battles with dwindling job stocks and unemployment. He noted that the university empowers its graduates with job-creating skills as entrepreneurs by making them go through a systematised entrepreneurship curriculum, aimed at stimulating entrepreneurial thinking in them, such that beyond their academic degree and any vocational skills acquired, through entrepreneurial training, they would be able to accurately discern the communal need of whichever community they may find themselves and fill the niche at a sustainable profit.

In response to the present trend, he said the university is looking into developing capacities in the training of students in Mechatronics, Gadgetries, GSM gadgets and its accessories.

“Also, we are interested in acquainting them in the new Alternative Energy industry, encompassing Solar Panel fabrication, Inverter technology and the wind energy conversion. We are desirous of making our students part of this brave new world of knowledge economy, Green Energy and ICT,” he said.