The Deputy Governor of Kwara State, His Excellence, Mr. Kayode Alabi has emphasised the role human capital development plays in improving the economy of any country.
The Deputy Governor who represented the Executive Governor of Kwara State, His Excellency Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, stated this in his address as the Guest Speaker at a one day workshop organised by Center for International Education, Kwara State University, Malete on the 29th of September 2020, at the Banquet Hall of Kwara Hotels.
While pointing out that Nigeria is blessed with immense and diverse human capital, His Excellency however advised the academic community to embark on research into ways in which the country can develop and harness this invaluable asset, saying human capital development is essential in keeping any economy alive.
Lamenting the high rate of unemployment among graduates in the country. Mr. Alabi urged tertiary institutions to also develop curricula capable of creating future employers and creators of wealth.
Delivering his opening address, the Vice Chancellor of KWASU, Prof. Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi SAN said the academic curricula of the institution has been designed to equip its students with broader perspectives which will enable them work in international and multicultural environments. He disclosed that the institution is planning certificate programmes in selected foreign languages like French, Arabic and Mandarin.These programmes, he said will make graduates from KWASU proficient in more than one international languages and become worthy global citizens.
The Vice Chancellor, noting that KWASU is proud to be the University for Community Development and a world class institution, said the university has carefully put in place many viable centres and institutes, one of which is the Center for International Education (CIE).
According to Prof. Akanbi the Center for International Education is a “component of KWASU’s strategic plan which is aimed at internationalising it’s activities”.
He said further that KWASU aims to foster international collaborative researches in areas of global significance.
While stressing that the institution will ensure vibrant international experience for students at all levels, Prof. Akanbi said that the university will also support faculty members to engage in international experience.
He submitted that the workshop will further strengthen university curricula towards equipping its students for international exposure.
“This workshop will help identify ways of building better engagements with international partners, individuals and corporate bodies” he said.
Director of Center for International Education (CIE), Dr. Issa AbdulRaheem said KWASU, through the Center, is set to identify and develop local skills and expertise which can be exported to other countries.
Dr. AbdulRaheem said that it is important for the university to identify individuals in the society who can connect the institution to the global world.
He stated further that the Center will be organising conferences, workshops and symposiums to discuss issues relating to the development of innovations in the university and the State.
The workshop themed “Unveiling the Guru: Exporting Skills Abroad”, had the Head of Service (HoS) Kwara State in attendance with Prof. Ibrahim Arowosaye Yusuf, a Professor of public law from the University of Ilorin as the chairman and moderator of the workshop.
Also in attendance were various government functionaries, including commissioners and permanent secretaries.