Internet of Things Conference Organisers to Train the Trainers
The English West and Central Africa Safari/Internet of Things Conference offers the opportunity of capacity-building for members of faculty of Covenant University, who in turn would transfer the knowledge to students of the institution, organisers of the conference have revealed.
This initiative was made known when members of the Organising Committee of the annual conference paid a courtesy visit on the Management of Covenant University.
The Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Head, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of Covenant University, Dr. Victor Matthews, who made the disclosure, said the university played host to the conference taking into account its drive towards a successful launch of Covenant University’s ‘Smart City Project’ leveraging heavily on the prospect in Internet of Things (IoT).
The CSR Manager Nigeria, CISCO System, one of the organisers of the conference, Mr. Imoh Akpan, said his company was excited about getting an equally matching institution like Covenant University in its quest to drive excellence and proffer answers to developmental challenges in Nigeria.
The Technical Manager, Cisco Europe Central, Mr. Evgeny Morozov, stated that the team, having gone round the University, was impressed with the teaching aids and facilities on ground in Covenant University, as these demonstrate the University’s determined pursuit of excellence in grooming and training its students.
The Regional Manager – CISCO Corporate Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa, Alfie Hamid, posited that Cisco’s partnership with CU is geared towards getting graduates of the University ready for the industry. According to him, “Cisco believes improvement on ICT shouldn’t be limited to just information technology students, but for all students”.
He commended the University for the structures and facilities put in place for enhancing academic excellence, noting, “Covenant University is the first university outside of the United States of America where Cisco conference will be streamed live to other parts of the world”.
On his part, the Support Contact of UNITeS Cisco Academy, Mr. Toyin Olatayo, said the Internet of Things workshop is just to ignite the passion in students and a conscious drive towards seeing that humanity embraces IoT as a way of life.
Mr. Olatayo appreciated Covenant University’s Management for hosting the conference, and hoped for a greater success story than what was recorded in Spain. “It is our desire that we replicate what a conference like this birthed in Barcelona, Spain, and we look forward to the 2016 English West and Central Africa Safari/Internet of Things Conference having a greater impact in terms of result than what was recorded in Barcelona,” he enthused.
Covenant University’s Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo, said he took an interest in the outcome of the Conference when the LOC Chairman highlighted potential benefits of the conference to the vision of the University. He stated that Cisco, being a renowned brand in the academia, the University is more than willing to collaborate with them to make it a fruitful relationship.
The Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, in welcoming the team, said CU’s relationship with Cisco should not just be limited to imparting faculty and students of the University, but cascade it down to every member of the University community towards ensuring that everyone operates at the same frequency.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor A.A.A. Atayero, told the team that he got involved with the Cisco project on the platform of his research cluster and pledged that the relationship will not be a one-off thing, stressing that the University’s management will push the intended collaboration to fruition.
Professor Atayero said the ‘Smart CU Model’ is all about galvanizing the development of the immediate community from the template of Internet of Things established within Covenant University. In addition, he told the gathering that Landmark University will be collaborating with Covenant University towards driving agricultural excellence leveraging on the successes of IoT.
In a related development, organisers of the 2016 English West and Central Africa Safari/Internet of Things Conference had at the dinner/award night of the conference gave out awards to distinguished and exemplary institutions and organizations for their excellent performances in the year under review.
Awards were given in the following categories: Best Support Centre, Best Cisco Academy Award, Best New Cisco Academy Award, Best Instructor Training Centre Award, Best Gender Initiatives Awards and Outstanding Contribution Award. Others are Top CCNA Instructor Excellence Award, Top IT Essentials Instructor Excellence Award and Most Impressive Network Academy Award 2016.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedu Shalom, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor A.A.A. Atayero, at the dinner/award night, reiterated Covenant University’s commitment to driving the emancipation of the black race in the comity of nations.
He congratulated Cisco, partner institutions and participants for a successful and impact-filled presentations made during the conference.