Estate Valuer Advocates Curriculum Change in Entrepreneurial Learning for Undergraduates
A graduate of Estate Management from Covenant, Estate Surveyor and Valuer (ESV) Chukwuezugo Egwuatu, has advocated a robust approach to bridging the gap between the learnt school theories and the actual industrial practice in order to ensure the breeding of market-ready/entrepreneurship-oriented graduates.
He made this submission on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, as Guest Speaker at the Town and Gown Seminar of the Department of Estate Management, Covenant, where he delivered a lecture with the topic, ‘Bridging the Gap Between Entrepreneurship Learning and Real Estate Surveying Practice’.
While delivering the lecture, the Reading University, UK, Masters graduate said he had observed that there was a gap in the fact that students of estate management were learning how to develop the skills and attributes for business enterprise in a generic sense rather than in the context of estate management discipline.
The 2012 Covenant graduate, who is a Consultant at Chika Egwuatu and Partners, a firm of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, was of the opinion that a potential Estate Valuer needn’t be learning entrepreneurial practice of how to bake bread or about making fabrics, when he or she was supposed to be honed in the rudiments of how to eke a living from the actual practice through erudite practitioners already in the field.
While highlighting some faults with the current university curriculum for estate management practice, which he pointed out lacked entrepreneurial contents specific to Real Estate education and practice, ESV. Egwuatu averred that the gaps became manifest in young graduates because the training received had not enabled them to anticipate and internalise possible practical problems in the world of work and how to overcome such problems using the knowledge of the core discipline of study in the university.
He, therefore, advocated for a change in curriculum by adopting a “Discipline-Based Approach” to teaching estate management students about entrepreneurship. According to him, this new approach would not only help in developing course contents that promoted the learning of entrepreneurship ideas and concepts in the context of estate management, it could also embed the learning of entrepreneurial skills and attributes for real estate surveying practice in the core estate management courses rather than learning of other trades.
“These should, however, be taught by estate management experts in the academics and from the Industry in order for the students to have a feel of the work experience,” he stated.
The Guest Speaker opined that students would benefit a lot from this new approach as it gave them the ability to seamlessly link the academic knowledge with the current trends in Real Estate surveying and valuation practice, gave them self-confidence to solve Real Estate surveying problem entrepreneurially no matter the challenge and equipped them with the communication and negotiation skills – vital attributes needed by graduates to compete favourably in the field of work.
In her remarks, the Head of Department, Estate Management, Dr. Olufunke Oluwunmi, it was of significance to bring former students of the Department back to their Covenant base for them to show the current students the way to go. She encouraged the students to work harder to be worthy graduates, who would be brought back to teach others too in the future.