Christopher University, Ogun State has hosted the maiden edition of the Platform Nigeria’s Young Professionals Boot Camp, an initiative of the Covenant Christian Centre, aimed at exposing young and talented professionals to the skills and training they would need to succeed in the business environment.
The event, which held at the university’s amphitheatre recently, was a five-day in-residence programme and had in attendance about 300 participants aged between 20 and 25, selected from about 2,300 applicants.
Christopher University is a private university approved by the federal government on February 25, 2015 and licensed by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to begin academic operations on March 5, 2015. The university is located on a land area of over 100 hectares in Mowe, Lagos/Ibadan expressway.
According to a statement by a principal officer, the mission of the university is to create a specialised institution committed to the pursuit of academic innovation, skill-based training and a tradition of excellence in teaching and research with private sector participation.
It said the institution provides a serene and secured environment with quality infrastructure for learning and social interaction.
On the uniqueness of the university, it added: “There is adequate provision of power, water, housing and offices for staff, hostels for students, free internet service, an e-library, well equipped classrooms and laboratories for learning.
“There are also recreation facilities and other amenities that enable intellectual and social interaction. It is the place where the gown fraternises with the town for leadership and entrepreneurial training.” The officer stated that the management of the institution places high premium on leadership and entrepreneurial training. “We fervently believe that freedom, responsibility, strong will and determination is germane to leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.”
This she said requires holistic education for the holistic training of students. “This is why for us, the inculcation of leadership and entrepreneurship skills will be done in collaboration with the private and public sectors.”
Meanwhile, the boot camp participants were put through various aspects of international business best practices such as ethics, ideas generation, tools and techniques for evaluating new ideas (such as SWOT analysis), evidence modelling, marketing mix, know your customer (KYC), intellectual property laws, negotiation skills, copyrights and agreements, plagiarism, among others.