CU seeks Collaboration with KIA/Dana Motors and Honda Manufacturing Ltd.
Covenant University’s drive for industry partnerships gathered greater momentum recently when a CU delegation led by the Director, Vision 10-2022, Professor Christian Bolu and Director, Industry Partnership outfit, Professor Olawole Obembe paid a working visit to KIA Motors, seeking collaboration with the company.
In a meeting with the Management of KIA Motor Nigeria led by its CEO, Mr. Gitesh Yagnik, Professor Bolu said the purpose of the visit was to explore ways to forge collaboration with the automobile giant in the university’s effort to produce work-ready graduates. He expressed the University’s desire to make KIA Motors its industrial base for an up-to-date hands-on training for faculty and students in the Engineering programmes. Equally mentioned was the need to appoint some KIA personnel as visiting lecturers to the University.
In his response, the CEO, KIA Motors Nigeria, Mr. Gitesh Yagnik, said that he was encouraged to see such a large CU contingent visit the plant. He welcomed the plan to bring CU students to the plant for hands-on training and expressed optimism that the idea would enable the students to develop solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the country and thereby becoming change agents if they adapt to the changes in technology.
He also promised that the CU Team would be afforded the opportunity of receiving quality exposure since they would be working with senior management of KIA Motors. He gave example of India as a country where there is a strong collaborative relationship between firms and the educational sector. The arrangement, according to him, makes students to work in tandem with the industry and gain speedy employment after graduation.
The CEO later took the CU delegation round the facilities of KIA Motors’ training school and car assembling plant as he explained to them how the plant works and the benefits of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding with his company.
In the same vein, a team from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University had earlier visited Honda Manufacturing Limited for a 3 day training programme. The training module covered areas such as Honda Philosophy; Safety and General 3s; Parts Identification; Honda Power Products Overview and Pre-Delivery Inspection; 4 Stroke Engines; Principle Measuring Tools (Vanier Caliper, Micrometer Screw Gauge etc); Periodic Maintenance and Cleaning 3s.
In addition, the team also took part in repair training where they dissembled Honda generators which after recoupling, tested satisfactorily. At the end of the training, the team was evaluated and received certificates of participation.