Don seeks mentoring programmes in varsities
A Professor of Rural Sociology and the immediate past Rector of Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora, Prof. Gbemiga Adewale, has advocated the establishment of mentoring programmes at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso and other universities in Nigeria.
Adewale said this while delivering a lecture at a training workshop organised by Association of Commonwealth Universities, United Kingdom (UK), in collaboration with LAUTECH where he emphasised that mentoring is needed for individuals as well.
In his lecture, the don described mentoring as one of the learning methods used to enhance individuals’ learning and development in all spheres of life.
According to him, “mentoring in higher educational institutions is defined as a process whereby an experienced senior faculty member helps to develop a less experienced junior faculty member. The person, who is mentored, is called the protege, mentee and mentoree, whereas the experienced person who imparts wise and reliable advice is often referred to as a mentor. The mentor will advise, guide, teach, inspire, challenge, correct and serve as a role model to another faculty member for individual professional development.”
Adewale, while speaking on the importance of mentoring, stated that it could be used in organisations as systemic solution to increase performance of employees. He added that universities throughout the world need properly co-ordinated and effective mentoring programmes for the growth of human capital and for the enrichment of output.
Which bothers on teaching, research and community service and for the actualisation of organisation’s vision, mission and strategic objectives.He, therefore, urged organisations or institutions that have not introduced mentoring programmes to do so in the context of personal development for those graduates or new employees.
Adewale reiterated that mentoring is essential in the 21st century workplace in Nigerian Universities, such as LAUTECH, which is a dynamic environment with different categories of workers – academics, administrative and technologists.He hinted that formal mentoring could start early as at the level of undergraduate up till Ph.D. programme.The programme was chaired by LAUTECH Vice Chancellor, Prof. Michael Ologunde, who was represented Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olaide Liasu.
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