CU Faculty, Staff Receive CISCO Academy Certification
Qualified members of the Covenant University staff and faculty were recently awarded the CISCO Academy Instructors Training Certificate. The training, which was necessary to situate a ‘train the trainers’ process, also came as part of the formal activation of the partnership between the two institutions aimed at establishing a Smart City in the University, thereby, enhancing its drive towards the vision of becoming a world-class educational institution in less than ten years from now.
One of the key points of the training was to establish the institution as a training centre, thereby, facilitating a major Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) component for the University. The training would ensure that the students have the necessary industry skills and are, therefore, more employable on graduation from the institution, while making sure that the staff and faculty are in tune with the industry.
While making his opening remarks at the event, the Coordinator of the programme, Professor Christian Bolu, who is also the Director, Vision 10:2022, stated that the programme, which started on the 18th of January, was compressed from 4 weeks to 2 weeks in order to fast-track the University’s membership and activation of the programme.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, congratulated the successful participants and enjoined them to endeavour to train others with as much commitment as they were taught. He commended the coordinator for a job well done; stating that he was an achiever and a man who sees possibilities in every endeavour.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed the hope that the training programme would lead to the realisation of ‘the Internet of Things,’ stating that by the collaboration of both parties, there would be opportunity to explore that concept and solve the various challenges facing the nation. He stressed on the practical application of the concept of ‘the Internet of Things,’ as a way forward towards addressing the Nigerian situation as it relates to nation building.
Professor Ayo called on the CISCO Academy leadership to join hands with the University to build the nation, as well as move the University forward in its quest for world-class status. “I’m assuring you sir; we would not mind taking this collaboration further. Let us practicalise this ‘Internet of Things,’ and see what we can do together. You are on top of your game, so we can rub minds together and come up with solutions for problems around us,” he stated.
The leader of the training team from the CISCO Academy, Mr. Toyin Olatayo, expressed his delight at being part of the Covenant University ‘train the trainers’ team. He stated that seven people were graduating out of the total number that subscribed to the training. “They have been taught, equipped, and are licensed to train anywhere in the world,” he said.