CU, SAP South Africa to Explore More Opportunities for Collaboration
Covenant University, the best private university in Africa, and SAP University Alliances (SAP UA) have resolved to strengthen existing collaboration and explore new opportunities in furtherance of the university’s vision of being among the best 10 universities in the world by the year 2022. SAP SE is a world leader in enterprise software and software-related services.
This much was revealed on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, when a SAP UA delegation paid a courtesy visit on the Management of Covenant University at the institution’s campus in Ota, Ogun State.
Tracing the relationship between SAP and Covenant University, the Senior Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, SAP UA, Mr. De Wet Naude, who was at the head of the SAP UA delegation, said both organisations have had a good relationship since 2008 and the purpose of the current visit is to strengthen the relationship and look at opportunities that still exist in the SAP UA community where SAP UA can help to support the university’s Vision10:2022 project.
“We are very happy that we would have discussions with faculty to provide us with more details on some of the programmes, and also a forum where we can share some of the trends that we have seen in the world, especially on the Internet of Things (IoT),” Naude added.
Also, Gwamaka Mwalemba, Manager, Enterprise Systems Education for Africa (ESEFA) Centre and a member of the SAP UA delegation, said his outfit partners in advancing educational system in Africa and plays a key role in helping universities teach some of the best SAP technologies, by facilitating curriculum creation and conceptualisation, providing some form of support for universities that are teaching SAP system in terms of technical support, lecturer training and provision of certification for students, which is highly recognised by companies hiring graduates from some of the university partners.
Responding to the comments by the SAP UA team, the Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Professor Christian Bolu, disclosed that the university had in 2011 renewed the first SAP UA agreement.
Covenant University’s agreement with SAP, he explained, has been in two folds. “The first one is to be able to train SAP on the associate consultant level (TERP-10), and we have been training what is called the SAP integrated business processes for Nigeria. Later on in 2012, we signed an agreement for SAP Master’s. Our Master’s Degree requires a SAP certification consultancy level to be able to graduate. So, we want our staff to be on that level. We can do constancy training.”
The SAP UA team, Professor Bolu said, would be addressing faculty members in the College of Business and Social Sciences on the initiative and also talk to CU students on the Internet of Things (IoT) at a Town and Gown seminar of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, applauded the SAP UA delegation for coming to give the first Town and Gown lecture in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, while stating that the university’s idea is that by the time IoT gets full blown by 2022, it would be a great joy to find Covenant University students already graduating in that discipline.
“One drive we are carrying very seriously now at Covenant University is birthed out of the philosophy that founded CU, which is the Departure philosophy. We believe it’s not only about certification or awarding degrees, but actually giving students the hands-on; that was the genesis of the Town and Gown. This entails getting people from the industry to come and tell us the things they are doing (practical experiences) there to complement the theoretical teaching we offer here, so that by the time the students graduate they will not be employment seekers but job creators,” said Professor Atayero.
Covenant University, he emphasised, has a passion for Vision 10:2022, and with SAP UA’s’s collaboration, both organisations will have a fruitful partnership.
Also, representing Covenant University at the forum were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; the Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Oluseyi Ajayi; and other key officers.
Patrick Wirz, the Project Manager of ESEFA, based at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany was part of the SAP UA visiting delegation.