Expert Tasks Varsities on Future-ready Curriculum

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By Uchechukwu Nnaike

Educational institutions in the country have been advised to upgrade their curricula so as to equip their graduates for new jobs and opportunities that would be created in future as a result of the advancement in technology and the ever-changing world.

The Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, First Bank, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, said this in Lagos recently while delivering the keynote address titled ‘The World Now, the World Tomorrow- in a Technology Space’, at the reunion of Babcock University alumni.

According to her, “our institutions need to focus on the curriculum; is the curriculum future-ready or are we teaching notions of the past? 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.”

Ani-Mumuney, who doubles as the Chairman, Board of Directors, FBN Insurance Brokers, stressed that there has been paradigm shift in all sectors and there is 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.

“As they collect our data for maybe telephone, who is helping us regulate that data? If tomorrow you are faced with a situation where there is corrupt data and some algorithm somewhere speaks out that you did something you know you did not do, if the regulation has not protected you, better understand how you can protect yourself by making sure that you also have data that can prove that you were elsewhere. 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.

“Schools should start with those global themes affecting humanity as a whole like population expansion; all the sectors are impacted by technology, so you they should look at how to you 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,” said.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Babcock University, Ogun State, Prof. Ademola Tayo, described the institution’s alumni as vibrant “because 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, to give feedback to the university on how we will be able to fashion or review our curriculum to meet the emerging challenges of the world.”

On the impact of the alumni on the institution, he said it is excellent because the alumni have helped the university to see the need 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 many other people that cannot afford the fees.

“What one can learn from the lecture is that if we are not able to key into the changes in the world today, one will be left behind and that is why one needs to watch the trend and position oneself to be able to latch on to what is coming in the future,” Tayo said.

He advised the alumni to rally their resources so that they can link up and be part of the movement that will revolutionalise the world.

Also speaking, the 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 the endowments by alumni.

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. “Your alumni provide a platform for us all to hold hands and change things for the upcoming Babcockites.”