CU Welcomes Team from the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered)
Covenant University hosted officials from the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), on May 14, 2014, at the Vice Chancellor’s conference room to discuss possible partnership on NIM’s Graduate Certificate Scheme.
In his welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, appreciated the initiative of the NIM to visit CU with a partnership proposal, which he said, is very timely.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that the Management of the University had actually been deliberating on the issue of professional memberships and certifications as a means of further empowering her students for a competitive global labour market.
While giving his introductory remarks at the event, the Registrar of Covenant University, Mr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, stated that Covenant University is a Mission University committed to raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavour.
He further explained, “Beyond our regular programmes, we have custom-built courses that enable our students go beyond what they learn in the university. And in driving our mandate of becoming one of the best ten universities in the world in ten years, we also want to partner with organizations who would contribute towards achieving that goal.”
In his presentation, the leader of the NIM delegation, Mr. Jacob Komolafe who is the Assistant Director, Field Operations, encouraged CU to buy into the Institute’s Graduate Membership Certificate Scheme for its students because of the attendant benefits.
According to Mr. Komolafe, the Scheme gives the Students the opportunity of professional membership, especially in schools where students are expected to belong to at least a professional body as a pre-requisite to the successful completion of their academic programmes.
Furthermore, he also explained that the possession of these professional certificates enhance the students’ employability, as they would have gained knowledge and skills of establishment and management of small scale businesses, and can be self-employed, thus gaining an early start in life.
Not only that, Komolafe said, “As members of the Institute, they enjoy all membership benefits and can flaunt their association with major decision-makers in government and business industries. Students enrolled in the Scheme can be engaged as Industrial Attachés with Corporate Members of the Institute where vacancies exist.”
Mr. Komolafe concluded his presentation by stating that CU partnership with NIM would enhance her product quality, as her students would have added professional qualifications which would help them in securing employment or becoming self-employed.
The meeting had in attendance, the DVC (Academic), Professor A. A. Atayero.
Others at the meeting were the HOD, Department of Business Management, Dr. Samson Ibidunni; other senior faculty members of the Department and members of the Corporate and Public Affairs Unit.