AVCNU CONFERENCE 2011
Title: STANDARDS AND PROFILING IN THE NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, INNOVATION AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
Presenter: Engr. Umar Bindir (Director General, NOTTAP)
Introduction: The topic is centred on the standardization of projects in the Nigerian university. It takes a critical look at the state of physical and intellectual properties in the Nigerian University. He stressed the place of Science Innovation Technology (SIT) as the driving force in national development.
The speaker stressed the need to confront the realities of the Nigerian situation. He emphasized the need to be innovative and dynamic. This calls for a knowledge driven economy. This essentially calls for a redefinition of our priority agenda.
He constructed Science, Innovation and Technology as houses in which the occupants are those who have succeeded in their various endeavours. This points to the fact that it is not enough to excel in the publication of academic research and findings but these findings have to be given concrete existence. It is only when academic researches and findings are given practical existence that they can become useful to the society. This challenges the Nigerian university to be realistic in harnessing its researches for the development of the nation.
The presenter urged technocrats to be more innovative and practical in orientation. He noted that Nigeria has a large number of universities, Colleges of Education, polytechnics, and monotechnics, distinguished scholars and academia, yet it still lags behind in its strive for scientific and technological development. He encouraged the Nigerian university to make itself realistic and available to the needs of the Nigerian society and its people. He pointed out the need to have a clear policy on agriculture, education, and technology. He observed that the success of the advanced economies lies on vibrant university system.
Impetus should be given to the local production of materials rather than the importation of finished goods. The idea of exporting raw materials such as crude oil and other farm products and importing them as finished products hampers national development. The argument is that no nation with such economic orientation can make significant progress. He identified sustained investment as the secret of developed economies.
There is a need for strong intellectual property management. All our intellectual property has to be fully harnessed to our collective development. The SIT (Science, Innovation and Technology) driven countries are mentor-based. There should be a systematic connection between the innovative and intellectual development of the ICT sector.
The presenter called for innovative approach to development agenda based on the imperative of ICT. The reality of the situation is that our growth potential is tied to the house of innovation.
Furthermore, the presenter challenged the university to rise up to the challenges of our time by embracing innovations in advanced technologies. His pointed that his centre has initiated researches in relevant technologies like the space technology, internet oriented projects, biomedical technology, reverse engineering in sports, agriculture, medical sciences, leather products, and so on. These innovations should be harnessed to the benefit of all Nigerians, especially those in the rural parts of the country. The innovations are proof of the fact that Nigeria has the capacity for high technological development, if properly harnessed. He made a case for the tapping of local scientific and technological development initiatives.
He observed that Nigeria’s Vision 20-20-20 needs a leadership drive that is motivated by science and technology. This, he pointed out, agrees with the new development agenda of President Jonathan. Thus, there should be a synergy between science, information, and technology so that there will be forward movement in national development.
There were questions as to why the white are more advanced than the black; at what level of education do we connect science, technology, and innovation for public good; and the place of government in all this.
There should be commercialization of research findings and product; establishment of research foundation which will commercialize the innovations; review of policies that establish some of our research centres; and establishment of an innovation and scientific council chaired by the President. Strategic vision plan is what the country needs. It was also observed that no meaningful advancement can be made without a strategic vision plan.
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