Inauguration of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ota, Opens Doors for CU
“Tertiary education is supposed to be the bedrock for the socio political aspects of society,” the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo remarked when discussing the significance of industry linkages while receiving the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). The NSE President and his team were at Covenant University on Friday October 23, 2015, to pay a courtesy visit on the management of the University.
In his remarks, the President, Engineer Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, expressed his appreciation to Covenant University management for their warm reception. He outlined the history and structure of the society, commenting that it now has 20 branches across the country. “The new Ota branch will be the second branch in Ogun state,” he remarked.
Engineer Olorunfemi stated the importance of industry partnership, sharing that he does not take the University’s support for granted. He also issued an invitation to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, to attend the up-coming national conference of the society in November, in which the President of Nigeria, Governors and other esteemed guests are expected to attend.
In his response, Professor Ayo expressed his sincere gratitude to the President and other members of the NSE, for their visit. He thanked the President for being part of the industry partnership luncheon hosted by the University in June, remarking that the event had endeared the President to the University.
Professor Ayo emphasised the importance of our products (the students), exhibiting employable skills and fitting into larger society. “The expectation of the captains of industry cannot be divorced from university standards,” he remarked. It is against this backdrop that he believes tertiary education has a role to play in laying the foundations in our society.
The Vice-Chancellor informed the gathering of the University’s vision 10:2022; to become one of the top ten universities in the world in the next seven years. He also shared how he had been inspired to foster linkages with industries after an international visit where he saw engineering students in the University of Florida building cars. He subsequently discovered that many had secured jobs even before the completion of their degrees. He emphasised that industry partnerships play a key role in preparing students, providing them with role models and exposing them to industry expectations.
Engineer Olorunfemi expressed his desire to arrange regular workshops, visits and competitions to assist in providing faculty and students with industry knowledge and experience. He also emphasised the importance of collaboration in proffering solutions to issues relating to Nigeria.
Also in attendance were Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Taiwo Abioye; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Samuel John; Sub-Dean, College of Engineering, Dr Olugbenga Omole; Director of Vision 10:2022, Professor Christian Bolu; Heads of Departments in the College of Engineering; members of the College of Engineering; members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and a member of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.