11 October 2018

Nigeria: Adjust Curriculum to Meet Emerging Challenges, Expert Urges Varsities

Citing rapid technological advancement and new innovations in the ever-changing world, educational institutions across the country have been advised to upgrade their curricula so as to provide cutting-edge learning to students.

According to the Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank Plc., Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumune, ctting-edge learning will equip learners with skills needed for existing and emerging jobs, as well as enable them adapt seamlessly into opportunities that would be created in the future.

Ani-Mumuney, who delivered the keynote address titled, "The World Now, the World Tomorrow- in a Technology Space," during the Babcock University alumni reunion in Lagos, maintained that institutions of learning across all levels must depart from the conventional style of learning and readjust their curriculum to align with the emerging needs.

"Our institutions need to refocus on the curriculum and find out if it is future-ready or we are teaching notions of the past. Schools should start with those global themes affecting humanity as a whole. All the sectors are impacted by technology, so they should look at how to teach students to be thinkers. That for me is the fundamental change that our institutions need to consider because if students are thinkers, then they can think and prepare for the world ahead.

"There are ways that we can also help ourselves only if we are aware of issues; if we are not aware of issues we cannot even begin to think of solutions. Also alumni associations need to concern themselves with how they partner with institutions because they are in a better position to say how relevant what they learnt at the school is in today's job market. They must partner institutions to make the change where necessary," she added.

Ani-Mumuney, who doubles as the Chairman, Board of Directors, FBN Insurance Brokers, hinted that technology has disrupted so many sectors of the economy, thus the need for Nigerians to catch up with the pace of change and take advantage of technology in tackling issues in the areas of population growth and data, as well in solving problems affecting humanity.

Vice-Chancellor, Babcock University, Ogun State, Prof. Ademola Tayo, who lauded the old students on their reunion stated, "young people are now riding on the back of technology to link themselves up and because of that we are able to pull out so many of them from different parts of the country and beyond so that there will be an avenue for them to network, give feedback to the university on how we will be able to fashion our curriculum to meet the emerging challenges of the world."

Prof Tayo added that the alumni have helped the university to adjust its curriculum to meet the emerging challenges of the world today and many of them are pulling up their resources to help indigent students and others that cannot afford the fees.

Chairman, Alumni Committee, Dr. Adesoji Tayo stressed the need for alumni to share their successes with their alma mater without expecting anything in return. He said most of the known universities in the world are nurtured and maintained through endowments by old students.

He urged the alumni to consider the concept of giving to the university, as it would help them to muster the courage to step up and do something profound for their alma mater.

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