To boost the employability and entrepreneurial chances of its graduates, Bells University of Technology (BUoT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New Horizons, the world’s largest international certification-oriented IT and e-business training organization.
At the MoU signing event at the university campus, Professor Jeremiah Ojediran, vice chancellor, expressed his excitement at the great opportunities which the programme will primarily accord the students irrespective of their academic disciplines, and the relevant university staff members who will also enjoy periodic staff training.
Speaking, the Vice Chancellor reiterated that the seamless mandatory schedule will guarantee that every student of the University will undergo specialized international certification- based Professional IT and E Business Skills training and acquire a minimum of four International Professional Licenses in lucrative technologies.
He reasoned logically that given the global economic challenges and the shrinking employment opportunities worldwide and in Nigeria especially, Bells University graduates will be able to use the extra internationally validated professional skills-set as the ‘’Icing Crown on their BSc and BA Academic Degree Cakes’’ to become the toast of the employers for lucrative jobs as well as get opportunity to become self-employed as Specialists and Consultants in these globally hot skills and certification areas.
According to the VC, 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 and so on that will enable Nigerian graduates leverage the huge potentials in ICT to reposition Nigerian economy from an oil dependent nation to an ICT giant nations like, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and India that transformed their poor economies through ICT.
In the same vein the Vice Chancellor appreciated the other two great benefits which the strategic Partnership will bestow on the staff members in terms of the free of costICT and E Business trainings that will boost their official and personal productivity and the second benefit of an annual financial awards/ prizes that will be won by 3 best published academic lecturers as the Company’s CSR for promotion of healthy academic rivalry and excellence.
Speaking, Mr Tim Akano, MD/CEO of New Horizons Nigerian Branch, commended the visionary management of the University for the Partnership initiative. He restated the necessity for such strategic synergies between the Academics and the Industry in this Information Age, such that will aid the Universities to regain and fulfil their traditional role of serving as the ‘’Manufacturing/Incubating House’’ for production of future fully –baked graduates empowered with both academic excellence and ICT-driven professional competences for both the employment and self- employment Industry.
Akano equally recapped that the program will further serve to augment the Webometric ranking of the University, since the training infrastructure to be supplied by New Horizons including, branded 200 Computers, Smart interactive Boards, networking, original high-end software, and top International Professional skills and Certifications like: Androids, Robotics, CISA, Oracle, Java Programming, Multimedia, Information Security, etcetera constitute variables that will boost the IT-driven stance of Bells University as part of the global ranking metrics.
Concluding, Akano said such strategic collaboration has been confirmed to be working through the relative edge that products from notable Universities like Babcock, Bowen, Redeemer, Salem, Lead City, Caleb, Adeleke, Mkar, Samuel Adegboyega, and others that have deployed such international professional schemes are having with employers both nationally and internationally.