Coscharis boss advocates restructured education system
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has said his vision for the ivory tower was to make it a hub of modern and impactful research and innovation aimed at addressing relevant socio-economic challenges confronting the country, and Africa by extension. Ogundipe, who is the Chairman of the Lagos State Research and Innovation Council, said this during the university’s 13th Annual Research Conference and Fair.
The theme of the conference, which featured series of presentations and projects exhibition across various disciplines, is “Resource Utilisation and Sustainable Development.”
The keynote address was delivered by the Founder and Chairman of the Coscharis Group Limited, Dr. Cosmas Maduka. Participants at the conference include professional and key players from the organised private sector and relevant industries.
The vice-chancellor, who said he was impressed with the quality of paper presenters at the conference and the partnership with relevant industries, insisted that universities must be solution providers, and that UNILAG would soon attain such ‘very important status,’ under his watch. He said: “We must let the public know that people are researching into activities, happenings and what will make the society better for the people.
The research is to enable us to exploit more of the environment. In the past we used to talk about thinking outside the box, but today what we should realise is that there is no box anymore. We must continue to think ahead of us.
“The academic world is about resources utilization in different forms, and sustainability is very important in this enterprise. It is one thing for us to say that we want to generate a particular product, but it is another thing to sustain it.
So, the advice is that whatever we do we must ensure its sustainability. And the culture of this research conference and fair, which is in its 13th edition, has been beneficial to this university because it has attracted attention and resources to the institution, and has as well moved the university forward. Also, it has made our students to know that there is life in research.”
Meanwhile, the keynote speaker, who recalled that he dropped out of school in the old Elementary III Class, however, advocated a restructured educational system, which according to him, is the one of the means to achieving meaningful national growth and development.
According to Maduka, who said he was an apprentice for seven years before venturing into trade, practical skill acquisition should be emphasised in the school system, rather than focusing on theories and certificate.
He, however, commended the university for collaborating with relevant industries, saying curriculum development for school should have more input from industry owners and market operators.
But, Maduka expressed dismay over what he described as negative impact of the oil discovery in the country, lamenting that the nation is now suffering from a disease, he tagged: “Lottery Effect.”
He said: “A major area in which Nigeria must invest heavily if it must attain a sustainable growth is human capital. We can only achieve this by investing heavily in this area and by restructuring our educational system to focus on the country’s developmental needs.”
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