Experts Chart Paths for Future Ready University
Speakers and participants at the recently concluded maiden edition of Future Ready University Conference 2015 have agreed that a future ready university is one with the right equipment, tools and skills to succeed, as well as overcome any problem that may arise.
The Conference, hosted by Covenant University, was organised by an alumnus of the University and Managing Partner, Softcom Limited, Mr. Yomi Adedeji, in partnership with Diamond Bank Plc, Samsung Business and MTN Nigeria.
In his presentation titled, “Generating Exploits through Efficient Management of Resources”, the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, advocated for home grown solutions to challenges facing the African Continent. “I have always believed in indigenous solutions because no one can feel the way you feel. We must wake up to solve our problems and be ready to pay for what it takes,” he said.
Dr. Oyedepo stated that there was nothing extra-ordinary on its own but it was man’s extra-ordinary input that made it so. He added that global impact in any field was at the cost of high level input. “You can’t have the future ready university you envision without a cost. It is time for us, in this part of the world, to be willing to pay the full price for the future we want to see. We can make a living by our profession but we can only make impact by the value we add.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, in his presentation titled “The Future Ready University”, noted that Covenant University was future ready through the provision of ICT facility on campus and the recent launch of ‘EduSocial’ Mobile Learning Platform.
Professor Ayo explained that a future ready university must be robust, rigorous and resourceful; it must engage students with equitable access; it must be active; and it must have dedicated educators as well as the ability to yield to a culture of leadership.
He enjoined the participants, particularly the managers of higher institutions, to collaborate in order to develop the education sector and place Nigerian universities on the global map.
The Registrar, Covenant University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, spoke on how mobile learning is changing the learning outcomes in Covenant University and enjoined other institutions present to plug-in and not play the ‘catching-up’ game.
He said the University was ahead of others because of her collaboration with partners like Softcom Limited and Diamond Bank, which resulted in a “big bang in educational transformation.”
The Convener of the Conference, Mr. Yomi Adedeji, noted that today’s students face a lot of distractions and the university teacher should be able to engage and interact with them in order to impact knowledge. He said that his organisation put students’ behaviour while learning into consideration while developing ‘EduSocial’, which, according to him, is an Application that can manage the life of the student while in school.
The 2-day conference drew participants from the World Bank, Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission. Other participants include Vice-Chancellors, representatives of private and public universities, research institutes, religious bodies, secondary schools and individuals.
Other Speakers at the event were Professor Pat Utomi; CEO, Diamond Bank plc, Mr. Uzoma Dozie; Director of Enterprise Business, Samsung West Africa, Mr. Charles Ojei; Senior Education Specialist, World Bank Group, Dr. Olatunde Adekola; MD, Intel West Africa, Mr. Olubunmi Ekundare; Managing Partner, Softcom Limited, Mr. Omoseindemi Olobayo and Corporate Account Manager, MTN, Mr. Olisameka Obiora.
The Future Ready University Conference 2015 has the vision to educate, inspire and connect leaders from selected universities annually to the use of technology, for improving education service delivery, towards bridging the gap in the tertiary educational system.