CU Building IT Skills to Suit Emerging Trends, Says VC
Covenant University will continue to engage in capacity-building of its faculty, staff and students in the light of the emerging possibilities available in the Internet of Things (IoT), the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor AAA. Atayero, has said.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Oracle Academy Day, held on the Covenant University campus in Ota, Ogun State, said “most work ecosystem is being defined by the connectivity they are operating under, and the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Machine to Machine technology (M2M) and Internet of Everything (IoE), are becoming absolutely essential and it is only by building personnel’s IT skills that our graduates can continue to be relevant in today’s world”.
The fourth industrial revolution is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, which include cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and cloud computing, Professor Atayero posited.
He said that the Internet of Everything adds intelligent connections between things and devices, people, processes, and data. “IOE systems make sensor data more meaningful and have a secure, usable infrastructure that lets actionable information be shared across the business ecosystem”.
According to him, it will take working with trusted partners like Oracle Incorporated for the University to fulfill its quest of being listed among the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, taking into cognisance the relevance of building IT skills.
He described as apt and timely, the Oracle Academy Day event, which provided a platform for the discussion of the growing global trends in the computer science sphere, and its relevance to the teachers and students, as well as educate the public on newer developments in the information technology world.
Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, represented by Mr. Olusola Lawal, a director in the ministry, noted that all developing nations are presently harnessing all their resources towards developing improved technology to attain better economic status.
While decrying what he referred to as the low ebb of economic empowerment of the people, the commissioner said any country without a strong technological base in the present age, cannot boast of any reliable hope of wealth creation for the people.
He maintained that sustained technological development, as a tool of economic empowerment, is about strengthening the skills, competencies and abilities of people so they can overcome the causes of their exclusion and suffering.
The Cloud Enterprise Architect of Oracle in Nigeria, Mr. Olusegun Oyenuga, in his welcome remarks, said Oracle, with its operation in over 145 countries, is all about fostering relationship, and the Oracle Academy Day in Ogun State is one of such avenues of solidifying that relationship.
Mr. Oyenuga said Oracle Academy is thriving at collaborating with ready and interested institutions in the area of Information Communication Technology, and at the same time driving a positive and impact-filled corporate social responsibility in advancing the Oracle brand.
Also, present at the event were the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; Coordinator, Covenant University’s Centre for Information Technology (CIT), Dr. V.C Osamor; Oracle Academy Program Coordinator, West Africa, Sefunmi Fadahunsi; ICT Director, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Dr. Ademola Adenubi; Oracle Cloud Expert, Adeola Adebari; including faculty, staff and students of College of Engineering and College of Science and Technology of Covenant University.