CU Continues MoU Talk with Microsoft Academy
Microsoft’s IT Academy visited Covenant University on Monday, January 4, 2016, to further deliberate on the ongoing plans of the two institutions to start an IT training and certification programme in the University. This is geared towards preparing the students adequately to meet challenges in the society on graduation.
While making introductory remarks, the Director, Vision 10:2022, Professor Christian Bolu, stated that Microsoft IT Academy would give the University all that it requires in training, certifications, software requirements and pricing.
In his comments during the visit, Microsoft’s Education Industry Manager, Mr. Patrick Onwumere, said, “Microsoft is a global cooperation, which has been in Education for over 30 years, with the aim to help the transformation of education in the countries it operates in.” He stated that the goal of the Microsoft team was to assist in making sure that Covenant University reaches its goal of becoming a world class university in less than ten years.
Mr. Onwumere, who is also the leader of the visiting team, expressed excitement at the prospect of partnering with the University; stating that the University would be a great pilot point for the model of industry training the Microsoft Group has proposed to provide for institutions and organisations across different nations of the world.
Making his remarks at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, stated that the University was very much interested in having a collaborative relationship with Microsoft IT Academy. He explained that the importance of the negotiation is to decide what part of the training is most useful to the students. The beauty of the whole interaction, “he said, “is that it is not limited to a particular department.”
The Vice-Chancellor also indicated interest in getting the students of the University into the various Microsoft IT Academy innovation competitions and expressed optimism that Covenant University students would come out tops, given the University’s track record. He told the Microsoft team that the University Management would meet after the deliberation and look at the financial implications so as to decide what comes first.
Present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Samuel John; the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe; the Director, CSIS, Engr. Yinka Adeboye; HOD, Computer and Information Sciences, Dr. Ayodele Adebiyi; the Coordinator, QAAS, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; Dr. Olajide and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.