Category : Other News

Other News / Education - 2019-08-17 07:55:30

NUC okays doctoral degrees for OUI

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved doctoral degree programmes for the Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu (OUI), Osun State. Speaking during the fourth memorial lecture for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Chancellor of the institution, Dr Ramon  Adedoyin,said: “Last year,  the school  played host to officials of the National Universities Commission (NUC) who were at the university for the resource inspection of post-graduate programmes leading to master’s and doctoral degrees in Mass Communication, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Computer Science. The seven-man team was made up of senior NUC officials and academics drawn from different universities. Read Also: Oduduwa university holds 4th Sijuwade memorial lecture Speaking at the memorial lecture, titled: ‘Traditional Institution in Conflict Management,’ which was delivered by Dr Nurudeen  Arogundade, Adedoyin eulogised the virtues of the late Ooni and attributed the success so far recorded in the institution to him. ”Just yesterday, we heard the good news, though the letter might have been written about a week ago, that the Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission, NUC, has approved that the university could start offering doctorate programmes in courses like public administr...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-17 07:23:15

‘UNILAG got N5bn for research’

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) was able to attract up to N5 billion in research in the past one year, a lecturer in the university has said. Speaking during a press conference ahead of the institution’s 14th Annual Research Conference and Fair coming up August 21 to 23, Chairman of the Abstract Sub-Committee, Dr Diran Akinleye, said the grants, which came from mostly foreign sources had helped boost the institution’s international ranking to first in Nigeria and 12th in Africa. “In the last one year, the university has attracted about N5 billion in external research funding. This is why, among other reasons, at the moment the University of Lagos is ranked the best in Nigeria and 12th best in Africa, according to Times Higher Education ranking. “Activities like the research fairs are organised to position the university among the top three in Africa in the next three years,” said Akinleye, an associate professor. Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee, Prof Abayomi Okanlawon, said Dr Dere Awosika, an independent non-Executive Director in Access Bank, and Chairman, Chams PLC, would deliver the keynote address on the theme: “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities for the 21st Century Research and Development” at the conference, while former Group Executive Di...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-16 15:38:39

UNILAG got N5b for research in one year

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) was able to attract up to N5 billion in research in the past one year, a lecturer in the University has said. Speaking during a press conference ahead of the institution’s 14th Annual Research Conference and Fair coming up August 21-23, chairman of the Abstract Sub-Committee, Dr Diran Akinleye, said the grants, which came from mostly foreign sources have boosted the institution’s international ranking to first in Nigeria and 12th in Africa. “In the last one year, the University has attracted about N5 billion in external research funding. This is why, among other reasons, at the moment the University of Lagos is ranked the best in Nigeria and 12th best in Africa according to Times Higher Education ranking. “Activities like the research fairs are organised to position the University among the top three in Africa in the next three years,” said Akinleye, an associate professor. Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee, Prof Abayomi Okanlawon, said Dr Dere Awosika, an independent non-Executive Director in Access Bank and Chairman, Chams PLC, would deliver the keynote address on the theme: “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities for the 21st Century Research and Development” at the conference...

Other News / Science & Tech - 2019-08-16 02:46:43

China’s Transsion and Kenya’s Wapi Capital partner on Africa fund

Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion is teaming up with Kenya’s Wapi Capital to source and fund early-stage African fintech startups. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa that recently confirmed its imminent IPO. Wapi Capital is the venture fund of Kenyan fintech startup Wapi Pay—a Nairobi based company that facilitates digital payments between African and Asia via mobile money or bank accounts. Investments for the new partnership will come from Transsion’s Future Hub, an incubator and seed fund for African startups opened by Transsion in 2019. Starting September 2019, Transsion will work with Wapi Capital to select early-stage African fintech companies for equity-based investments of up to $100,000, Transsion Future Hub Senior Investor Laura Li told TechCrunch via email. Wapi Capital won’t contribute funds to Transsion’s Africa investments, but will help determine the viability and scale of the startups, including due diligence and deal flow, according to Wapi Pay co-founder Eddie Ndichu. Wapi Pay and Transsion Future Hub will consider ventures from all 54 African countries and interested startups can reach out directly to either organization, Ndichu and Li confirmed. The Wapi Capital fintech partnershi...

Other News / Science & Tech - 2019-08-16 02:46:43

Transsion’s Future Hub and Kenya’s Wapi Capital partner on Africa fund

Transsion Future Hub, a subsidiary of Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion, is teaming up with Kenya’s Wapi Capital to source and fund early-stage African fintech startups. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa that recently confirmed its imminent IPO. In 2019 it opened and financed Future Hub, an incubator and seed fund for African startups. Wapi Capital is the venture fund of Kenyan fintech startup Wapi Pay — a Nairobi-based company that facilitates digital payments between African and Asia via mobile money or bank accounts. Starting in September 2019, Transsion Future Hub will work with Wapi Capital to select early-stage African fintech companies for equity-based investments of up to $100,000, Transsion Future Hub Senior Investor Laura Li told TechCrunch via email. Wapi Capital won’t contribute funds to Future Hub’s Africa investments, but will help determine the viability and scale of the startups, including due diligence and deal flow, according to Wapi Pay co-founder Eddie Ndichu. Wapi Pay and Transsion Future Hub will consider ventures from all 54 African countries; interested startups can reach out directly to either organization, Ndichu and Li confirmed. The Wapi Capital fintech partnership is not Tran...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-15 22:11:13

Ganduje plans basic education summit

Kano State Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje plans to organise a summit to encourage basic education. According to him, the idea is part of efforts to implement free and compulsory education from primary to post- primary levels. At a stakeholders’ meeting of heads of state agencies, under the Ministry of Education, and institutions of higher learning, on free and compulsory education, Ganduje noted that during the summit, experts in the education sector are expected to suggest modalities on how to effectively and efficiently attain optimal result while implementing the policy. “We all believe that education is one of the major routes to economic prosperity and a corridor to scientific and technological advancement. It is at the same time, as largely regarded and enunciated, a veritable tool to combat unemployment,” he said. “Part of our stakeholders for this noble policy are experts who specialise in basic education, some in science and technical education, some in assessment and quality control in education, some in examination management, and also some would come from Almajiri system of education,” he added. The five emirates in the state were represented at the meeting, underscoring Ganduje’s belief that the traditional institution also formed a...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-15 16:53:25

Six exams you should consider before studying abroad

The global scene of education has opened its avenues, accommodating students from various backgrounds to further their studies in universities of their choice. However, most of these institutions have their academic requirements, which must be met before admission. Some of them include standardised test or exams that must be passed by students before they can be granted admission in their choices of institutions. Their performance in this test plays a significant role by increasing their chances into universities abroad .It also increases their chances to get financial aids or scholarships. Most times, individuals are required to write more than one exam depending on their choice of universities. Below are exams that should be considered: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) TOEFL evaluates the ability of an individual to understand and use English in an academic setting. This is a requirement for non-English native speakers at most of the English universities and colleges. This is also a requirement to aid scholarship. The score an individual gets in TOEFL is valid for two years. Colleges and universities consider only the latest scores of TOEFL therefore the test can only be written when an individual as made up their minds to study abroad as English is the most prefer...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-15 16:16:01

Nexford University launches $200,000 startup funding for graduates

Nexford University has announced its ‘Entrepreneurship Scholarship’ and $200,000 startup funding, with a mission to empower next-generation leaders across the world. “The world needs more entrepreneurs. But millions of people struggle to get the education and skills they need. Nexford University plans to change that,” the university said in a statement on Thursday. “The world needs more doers,” said Fadl Al Tarzi, Nexford’s Chief Executive Officer. “We thought about what we can do to help them. If you’re a doer, you won’t let anything stop you, be it your physical location, lack of experience or even lack of funding.” Tarzi said: “Having said that, we want everyone to succeed – we want to empower people with the tools they need to increase their chances of success. “Through this initiative, we are providing entrepreneurs with the skills they need to move forward in life, and we’re not stopping there. While we believe skills are the most valuable currency, you can’t buy ads or hire people with skills alone. So we’re taking it one step further and funding the most promising startup ideas we’ll receive.” Entrepreneurs play a key role in the economy. The United States Small Business Administration reported...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-14 23:02:53

Board warns private schools against fee increment

Kano State Private and Voluntary Institutions Board has warned private school proprietors in the state against arbitrary school fees increment. While sounding the warning, the Acting executive secretary of the board, Malam Yakubu Abdullahi Mailafiya said that where such increment became necessary it must be with the consent of the board and the Parents Teachers Association of the school. He expressed worry over the practice of compelling parents to purchase books and uniforms from the schools, stressing that parents must be given recommended list of books and samples of uniforms to purchase at their discretion. Read Also: ‘I don’t want to base IGR on high school fees’ Mailafiya underscored the need for parents to be vigilant in the schools they enroll their wards promote better learning environment. According to him, forming strong and functional PTAs would provide an avenue for discussion and on how to better run schools. He, however, revealed plans by the board to embark on serious monitoring of the schools, and warned schools operating without proper registration to do so or face penalty and closure.

Other News / Education - 2019-08-14 23:02:49

Improving teachers’ image (4)

In the last three series that I have written on “Improving teachers’ image”, I have discussed what the government/training institutions/school owners, others, have to do for the teaching profession.  But this piece is about what the teacher has to do to improve him or herself for the sake of the profession. Teachers face a lot of challenges in Nigeria, some of which I detailed in the other three series, namely, poor training, poor pay, and poor teaching/learning environment.  As a result, many teachers do not give their best.  A teacher who is poorly paid and has to trek part of his way to get to school; does not have requisite facilities to work with, and has to deal with difficult learners and a heavy work load has all the reasons in the world to complain and not to be productive.  However, that will not pay such teacher. I am not saying teachers should not protest these harsh conditions and seek for a better life, by all means, we should all advocate for change in our education system.  But, regardless, the teacher has to do his/her job in such way as to stand out as a shining example of what a teacher should be.  When such teacher stands out and is noticed, he/she is in a better position to advocate for change because he would have the ears of the people tha...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-14 23:02:47

Nigerians, others for youth conference in Ethiopia

Young people from Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and other countries across Africa are scheduled to participate in a conference holding August 16 and 17 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference with theme: “Back to the Future- Young People Reimagining today’s Politics”, is being organised by the Baywood Foundation to enlighten African youths about the leadership roles they must play to lift the continent out of poverty. Its founder, Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe, said at a briefing in Lagos on Tuesday that the conference would be used to herald the organisation’s programme to boost youth participation in political leadership. He said: “Baywood Foundation in collaboration with the African Union (AU) is organising an interactive Conference on the August 16 and 17 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the critical issue of increased participation of youths in politics and governance. “Countries represented include Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mali, Botswana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Africa, Tunisia, Kenya and Tanzania. It is our fervent hope that the conference will stimulate effective discourse to drive a sustainable action agenda on this issue. This conference has been designed to be stakeholder-resonant and appropriately representative of the pan-Afric...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-14 23:02:44

YABATECH wins $100,000 Ford Foundation grant

Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has been awarded a $100,000 Ford Foundation Project Grant for the development of an Art Museum project for the College. The project, which will incorporate advocacy against Sexual Harassment (SH), and Gender Based Violence (GBV), will be handled and supervised by the grant research team made up of Dr. A. A. Abiodun, a Chief Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Science, Dr Funmilayo Doherty, a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Biological Science and Mrs Odun Orimolade, a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Fine Art. The trio wrote the proposal that won the grant for the College. Senior Programmes Officer, Ford Foundation, Prof Paul Nwulu, who was in the College to flag off the project disclosed that the partnership between YABATECH and the Foundation is that of progress and development. Read Also: Don urges YABATECH to sustain internet revolution lead Rector of the College, Mr Obafemi Omokungbe thanked Ford Foundation for the grant and assured Nwulu that the Management would support the project. Afterwards, the Rector led the party which included Nwulu, the Polytechnic Librarian, Mrs Taye Adebowale; Dean, School of Art, Design and Printing, Dr Kunle Adeyemi; Project Desk Officer, Dr. Olusola Dada; and the grant research team to the...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-14 23:02:42

Anambra teachers fight Lassa fever

Following prevalent cases Lassa fever and other viral deceases among pupils in both public and private schools in the country, teachers in Anambra State have promised to promote hygiene education in schools. Over 80 teachers, comprising of Directors, Education Secretaries from the 21 local government areas of the state, Area Education Officers, and others made the pledge during a one-day sensitization seminar in Awka, the state capital. They also resolved to improve sanitation and protection of the school environment. Addressing participants during the occasion, Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, underscored the need for proper maintenance of hygiene among teachers and pupils in all schools in the state. Read Also: Kogi Corps members sensitise women on Lassa fever She regretted that the culture of hand-washing and sterilizing which was effectively practiced during the period of the dreaded Ebola disease, was gradually dwindling among pupils, stressing the need to revive it again. “This workshop is to further create awareness on the necessity of maintaining hygiene and sanitation among our stakeholders in various public and private schools across the state,” she said. Prof Omenugha said the teachers were strategically selected in view of their regula...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-14 23:02:38

Group to host teachers’ conference

The Educational Aid Global Initiative (Edu-Aid), a Non-Governmental Organisation run by the Covenant Christian Centre, Yaba, has announced plans to hold the third edition of its conference for teachers in Lagos on August 24. The Lagos Teachers’ Conference, which has as theme: “Teaching for the future”, would feature issues around professional motivation, work-friendly environment, training, recruiting, supporting, empowering and inspiring teachers to be future-oriented. Coordinator, Edu-Aid, Olufemi Orawusi, said speakers and panelists at the conference would also discuss how to build capacity and strengthen competence through exposure, and provide relevant information on vital skills and current teaching principles, styles and techniques. Read Also: Nigerians, others for youth conference in Ethiopia Orawusi said massive investment in recruiting, supporting, and empowering teachers has been identified as a major key in realising Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four, which aims to achieve inclusive and lifelong education for all by 2030. He added that the free-to-attend conference would provide a platform for teachers to network and develop relationships that will advance the teaching profession. Experts to speak at the event include managing director, The Education Partnership...

Other News / Education - 2019-08-14 23:02:34

NGO trains teachers on lesson planning, curriculum

By the time some 100 teachers participating in the Jewel of Africa (JOA) Inc Foundation training in Lagos resume for the new session next month, they would be better prepared to write lesson plans and deliver the curriculum in a way that would improve their pupils’ learning outcomes. The five-day programme with the theme: The making of an Effective Teacher – Part One (Fundamentals of Impactful Teaching), opened Monday at Halified School, Maryland to public and private school teachers who had pre-registered for the training. President of JOA Mrs Lara Gureje-Oderinde said the NGO was funded by six Nigerians in the Diaspora, who aim to contribute to the revitalisation of Nigeria’s education system having benefited from attending public schools before relocating. She said: “The drive for JOA is to put our blueprint in Lagos.  I left this country over 35 years ago.  We wanted to stop brokenness and leakages in the education sector in Nigeria.  We want to make sure we reposition education the way it used to be, so no one will have to take their kids to private schools,” she said. Mrs Gureje-Oderinde said teachers who pass through the training should be able to complete their syllabus within the specified time and also learn how to engage various categories...

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