FG says ASUU’s preferred payment system failed integrity test

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Federal Government has disclosed that the preferred payment system by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has failed integrity tests, adding that the government was waiting for the union to upgrade Universities Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), before any further action. This is coming as the one-month warning strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities enters its fourth week. ASUU has embarked on one-month warning strike on February 14, to press home their demands involving about N1.3 trillion. The union also wants the federal government…

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Don advocates vocational training to tackle graduate unemployment

By Moyosore Salami A don in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Polytechnic Ibadan, Dr K.A Yusuf, has described higher education as the backbone of any society, saying its quality determines the quality of human resources and development of a country. According to him, manpower outsourcing is inevitable in any society that requires rapid growth and development, hence educational training should be based on societal need, not on education for education’s sake. Dr Yusuf revealed this while delivering the 13th inaugural lecture of The Polytechnic Ibadan on the topic, ‘Graduate…

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Unizik gets ICT Centre from NCC

By Moyosore Salami Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has handed over a completed Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. UTI gathered that the University is one in the four geopolitical zones that benefited from the largesse of the NCC, the other three beneficiaries being University of Port Harcourt (South South), Federal University of Technology Minna (North West) and another one in the North East Zone. The ultramodern ICT Centre consists of 100 high calibre computer systems, server room, external power generating set and solar system…

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US Mission collaborates with Chrisland varsity on students’ capacity building

By Moyosore Salami The United States Mission in Nigeria has pledged to collaborate with the Chrisland University, Abeokuta, on capacity building for students towards self-discovery. The Deputy Head, Public Affairs Office of the U.S Consulate General, Lagos, Mrs Jennifer Foltz, disclosed this during a “meet and interact” visit to the institution, adding that the Mission is poised to support the Nigerian youths in achieving their dreams through mentoring. Folzt advised the students to take advantage of different exchange programmes provided by the Mission to develop themselves, especially entrepreneurship development which…

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Do academic boycotts work?

The Ukraine war has led to unprecedented curtailment of academic ties, but could breaking off all relations with Russia cause further problems? From Times Higher Education Source: Getty Academia under fire: V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University’s economics department was allegedly hit during shelling by Russian forces. Such action has led to calls from academia worldwide to isolate Russian scholars. The sheer brutality of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has presented a challenge to the interconnected global academic community that it has arguably never faced on such a scale. Ukrainian academics within and outside the country – as…

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Hope for end to campus violence as student unions return to Pakistan

Supporters say student engagement could lead to a ‘less radicalised’ student body, but fear more political meddling in institutional decisions From Times Higher Education Source: Getty Plea for power: youth across Pakistan have rallied to bring back student unions Decades after Pakistan’s government outlawed student unions, one of its provinces has brought them back – a move supporters hope will spread to the rest of the country, promoting a culture of peaceful political engagement. Last month, officials in Sindh province – home to Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, as well as…

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Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering and FUTA set to establish welding academy

By Moyosore Salami The Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering, NIMechE is set to establish a standard Welding Academy in Ondo State in partnership with the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).  The National Chaiperson, Engr. Mrs. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, said “the welding academy is part of efforts to equip graduates with practical skills needed to compete in the industry and contribute to the national development of the country.”  She noted that the situation that enables multinational firms to import welding experts for critical projects in a country where there are thousands…

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Social Media Is Slowly Killing Our Society

Our mental health is at risk due to social media Raven Quander, Mass Communication Major at Delaware State University, USA. There are so many social media platforms that can be used in multiple ways, including marketing tactics, entertainment, and staying connected to a mass amount of people. However, the new digital age has rendered the younger generations in society helpless against the harmful influences of social media trends for the sake of popularity.  While most of the social media platforms of today were created by Millennials (Generation Y), they were…

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