The African Engineering Education Association opened its 7th International Conference today at the University of Lagos, Akoka. The central theme of the conference is about strengthening Engineering Education through Innovation and Collaboration. Erudite Professors, Top Executives and International Delegates gathered to give speeches and discuss innovations within Engineering, and the future for Nigeria and Africa at large.
Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind as the world hurries towards the 4th Industrial Revolution. The strategic marriage of engineering, technology and innovation is what will separate the good from the great, the trailblazers from the followers.
Professor Oluwole Familoye, representing the university’s Vice Chancellor talked about innovation as relating to engineering and also problems we can solve.
President council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, Engr. Ali Rabiu, commended the timing of the event as very crucial and strategic.
The President of the American Society for Engineering, Professor Sheryl Sorby, gave a goodwill message where she talked about engineering reform programmes started in USA in 1950s and offered every interested individual the opportunity to join the body.
Prof. Oluwole Abatan, representative of the African Union Commission spoke about the importance of the people to the general growth of the nation and Africa at large, the advantages of promoting innovation, and the need to work with national and international bodies to enhance learning in engineering and utilisation of existing knowledge.
A stirring goodwill message from lead sponsor of the conference – Mr. Deji Akomolafe – brought it all home and tied together what we knew but must all act upon. There is no denying the fact that Africa has been struggling with a lack of skilled training and thus, employment. ICT, Cloud Computing and Virtualization training as offered by VMware could be a way out of that. The world is ALREADY a better place through the use of technology, Africa, and by extension, Nigeria, can be at the forefront of this transformation. Increased productivity through technologically-related solutions and the re-transformation of Engineering Education in Nigeria could yield exponential dividends in just a few short years.
A great start to what promises to be an awesome event, catch up with some of the highlights in these pictures:
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