In a bid to highlight enterprise and energy sector opportunities available for Nigerian students as well as highlight the value a UK university education provides, particularly for those wanting to pursue a career in industries such as energy, or create their own jobs through a focus on innovation and enterprise, the Britainâ€™s Coventry University has invited potential students to its open days which will run for three days across Nigeria, beginning from Lagos today, Friday August 11. A senior lecturer in Petroleum and Environmental Technology at Coventry University, Dr. Babatunde Anifowose, who believes the future belongs to â€œforward-lookingâ€ graduates with technical and soft skills, will be on hand to meet attendees.
â€œThe global energy industry is at a critical stage where rising energy demand and the clamour for sustainable development have led to ambitious targets in nations around the world. The future, therefore, belongs to forward-looking 21st-century graduates with wide-ranging technical competencies and soft skills, and a â€˜can doâ€™ attitude. Our energy courses at Coventry University offer technical professional qualifications in addition to an academic degree, thereby offering the vital skills needed to start-up as entrepreneurs, or take-up advanced degree programmes or relevant job opportunities anywhere in the world,â€ Anifowose said. Graduates returning to Nigeria having studied undergraduate or postgraduate degrees such as those offered by Coventry in areas like Oil and Gas, Engineering and Computing will be able to adapt to the ever-changing local and global economy. Attendees at the open days can also learn more about the enterprise and innovation activities in Coventry being taken forward through its International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship (ICTE), which offers courses in enterprise and runs workshops in-country with graduates and alumni.
The open days will begin in Lagos on Friday, August 11 at Protea Hotel; in Abuja at Newton Park Hotels Annex on Saturday 12 August; and in Port Harcourt at Golden Tulip Hotel on Sunday 13 August, with each event running from 3pm-6pm local time. Open day attendees will be able to find out about a range of Coventry University bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s courses. In addition to the focus on enterprise and energy, the university will be providing insight into its UK work experience programme for overseas student, which sees a dedicated team support students to arrange work placements with local and regional organisations while they study in Coventry.