CU Enters Partnership with Viper Solutions
Covenant University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Viper Solutions and Resources Limited, on Friday, November 13, 2015. The collaboration is geared towards providing a forum for leading employers to meet and select talented students of Covenant University for the purpose of placing them on their graduate placement programmes.
The Principal Consultant of Viper Solutions, Dr. (Mrs.) Olushola Ismail during her statement, explained that VIPER was an acronym for Vision, Intuition, Professionalism, Excellence, and Reliability. “Our vision is to partner with institutions and any other organisation who wants to work with us to build future leaders by identifying, selecting and training young graduates; making sure that those who want to work with our clients are ready for the work place,” she stated.
She spoke about how she encountered Covenant University through an advert in the newspaper when the maiden edition of the Industry Partnership Luncheon was being advertised. She requested for an invitation, which she received from the chairman of the Planning Committee of the event. Her attendance at the Luncheon subsequently opened the way for her to partner with the University.
Furthermore, Dr. Ismaila said that one other feature of the partnership is a joint career fair to be held every year in Covenant University, where both the students and the employers of labour will have a platform for interaction, thereby helping the employers identify capable individuals amongst the participating students who they could select for future employment.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, appreciated the team from Viper, and expressed his delight to learn that the University’s Industry Partnership Luncheon gave birth to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. He prayed that the whole exercise would take the two parties to greater heights; noting that the whole essence of the education system is empowerment and employment.
“The entrepreneurial development curriculum in Covenant University was instituted through the strategic leadership of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, with a view to creating a platform for vocational education, which would help ameliorate the challenge of unemployment after graduation. The Entrepreneurial Development curriculum we run in CU is the most loaded anywhere in the world,” he remarked.
Also present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Professor Samuel Wara; the Director, Industry Partnership, Professor Olawale Obembe; the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Akan Williams; immediate past Dean, Student Affairs, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke; a member of the Legal Team, Barr. (Mrs.) Oni-Ojo and members of the Directorate of Media & Corporate Affairs.