Nigeria’s Academic Curriculum Needs Reform – Don
Prof. Henry Fadamiro of the Auburn University, United States of America, has said that if Nigerian students must be problem solvers, government must constantly review the academic curricula of its higher institutions to reflect the present global economy, which is digital.
Prof. Fadamiro gave the advice on Tuesday last week at a workshop, entitled, ‘Educating the Next Generation of Global Problem Solver: Effective Teaching Strategies and Techniques’, organized by Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, in conjunction with Auburn University.
Prof Fadamiro said, “If we do everything right, we should be producing the next generation of global problem solvers. The curriculum being used in Nigeria presently must be redesigned to give essential skills to the students so that they can be problem solvers. The curriculum must accommodate present global economy which is digital. It is also called internet economy or Web economy
“Though curriculum development or revision is not a simple process, it should be done periodically (3-5years), while curriculum committees should make minor changes yearly to accommodate new developments and research findings.”
He advised Nigeria to emulate China by reforming its curriculum from subject-centered to balanced, integrated and selective curriculum to factor in the need of the changing world.
He also recommended the adoption of problem-solving learning styles and the discontinuation of passive learning and rote-learning style.
Condemning the philosophy of weeding or failing students by some teachers in the higher institutions, the Guest Lecturer advised that teaching philosophy must be tailored towards impacting knowledge irrespective of the academic status of the students.
Prof. Fadamiro said, “If 50 per cent of a class fails a course, it means that the teacher has failed in 50 per cent. Lecturers must find a way to make their classes inviting and move away from defining concepts alone and focus more on application of such concepts.”
He also advised the lecturers to consider the trending teaching method, ‘flipped classroom’, a model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed; short videos about the topic are viewed by students prior to class session; in-class session is devoted to discussions, exercises or projects; and shift priority from merely covering material to mastery of it.
Earlier in his Opening Remark, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, had thanked the Guest Lecturer for his efforts at making active the relationship between AAUA and Auburn University.
Prof. Ajibefun said AAUA would continue to explore the various opportunities and components of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the two institutions.
AAUA Benefits from Donation of Science Equipment
The rising profile and visibility of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, as a leading citadel of learning of choice has received another attestation as the Institution has been chosen as one of 10 tertiary institutions in Nigeria to benefit from donation of science equipment and upgrading of laboratories initiated by a private firm, Tunex Laboratory Engineering Limited.
The Managing Director of the firm, Mr. Tunji Olaleye, who disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the University on Thursday last week, said the gesture was to mark the 30th year of operations of the firm and to serve as a way of giving back to the society in fulfilment of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Mr. Olaleye added that Adekunle Ajasin University has grown in leaps and bounds to become one of the most visible institutions in the country thus making its consideration as a beneficiary easier.
He disclosed that the company would upgrade the University’s Physics laboratory with modern equipment, chemicals and reagents to the tune of millions of naira at no cost to the Institution.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun, who was represented by his Deputy, Prof Olugbenga Ige, lauded the gesture as a welcome development, especially coming from a private firm that has no prior dealings with the University.
Prof. Olugbenga Ige expressed gratitude to the firm for considering the Institution as one of 10 tertiary institutions out of the over 100 universities in the country to benefit from the gesture.
“It is noteworthy that our university has been included as one of the few beneficiaries. That not only shows the fairness involved in choosing beneficiaries, but it also highlights the rising profile and visibility of the fast-growing university.
“I therefore thank you on behalf of management and also appeal to you to look for other areas in which you can partner with us. We have other challenges like hostel accommodation for our students as well as pressing needs consistent with a growing university like ours,” the DVC said.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor enjoined the group to take time out to enjoy the cool and serene ambience of the campus while carrying out their assignment.
In his vote of thanks, the Registrar, M. S. Ayeerun, thanked the organisation for the gesture and called for more cooperation and collaboration in addressing other challenges facing the institution.
He implored Mr. Olaleye and his team to help reach out to other well-to-do sons and daughters of Ondo State in general and Akokoland in particular to invest in the University as a way of further lifting the institution and giving back to their birthplace.
Other officers of the University present at the event were the Bursar, Mrs. Olubunmi Ologun, FCA; University Librarian, Dr Rotimi Egunjobi; Dean of Education, Prof Nireti Duyilemi; Dean of Science, Dr Ololade;; and other senior officers of the University.
SCREENING EXERCISE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE PART-TIME STUDENTS
Prospective students seeking admission into the Institute of Part-Time Programmes for 2016/17 academic session are to come with the following: Online registration form, Academic Certificate, Birth Certificate, Local Government/State of Origin Certificate and two (2) recent Passport Photographs
AAUA STAFF COOPERATIVE MEETING
This is to inform all members of the Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, that the Ordinary General Meeting of the Society has been scheduled to hold on WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017, in the OBJ Hall, at 2.00pm.