A delegation from the Wolverhampton University, United Kingdom (UK), led by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, has paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, to explore collaboration with the Commission in the area of entrepreneurship studies.
Briefing the Executive Secretary on the background of the university, the Vice-Chancellor said that Wolverhampton was founded in 1827 in the industrial heartlands of England and presently has a student population of 23,000 and operates four campuses in the UK, while it runs its programmes in 12 different countries.
Professor Layer said that the university traced its roots to the Wolverhampton Mechanics Institute (founded in 1835), which provided vocational and general education for working men. In 1851, he said, a Municipal School for Art was established, noting that these institutions became the basis for Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College and ultimately the present-day university.
He remarked that providing an excellent student experience was one of the main priorities of the university, both in the UK and other parts of the world, with a view to providing outstanding teaching and thereby producing highly employable graduates. The Vice-Chancellor stated that at present, Wolverhampton has four faculties which offer courses in over 70 subject areas and with about 4,000 graduate students each year.
He disclosed that the university has a community of 2,500 international students from over 150 countries, adding that the institution is proud of how it has developed its educational network, which, he said is on the rise to ensure the success of its graduates in a global economy. Over the last few years, he said, nearly 1,000 Nigerians studied in the university, saying that this has been invaluable, not only for the Nigerian economy, but also in creating strong relationships and partnerships. [Vanguard]
BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye As LASPOTECH Rector
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the new Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH).
The appointment was announced in a statement from the office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education and signed by Omolase Yejide, Head Public Affairs on Monday.
Mr. Olaleye was earlier interviewed by the Institution’s Governing Council and subsequently recommended.
He is to serve five years single tenure will take effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.
Exemption Of ASUU From IPPIS Temporary — Ngige
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that the Federal Government’s proposal to exempt members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is a temporary measure.
He explained on Saturday that this measure was pending the conclusion of the integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Ngige who clarified the position of the government team during Friday’s negotiation with ASUU said that it was not true that the government had abandoned IPPIS or that ASUU should not be on IPPIS.
“I think it is better because a lot of people are quoting us out of context saying that we abandoned the IPPIS and that we said they should not be on IPPIS, it is not true.
“What we said in the meeting and what we agreed was that in the interim for the transition period that UTAS is being tested by NITDA and the Office of National Security Adviser for cybersecurity. For those transition period, ASUU members that are not yet on IPPIS will be paid through the platform with which they were paid the President’s compassionate COVID-19 payment done to them between the months of February and June.
“That platform is a hybrid platform between IPPIS and MINPSI platform for the transition period. That was what was used, it’s a hybrid.”
Osun Assures Indigenes Of Job Security After LAUTECH Transfer
This was confirmed in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode.
The state government assured that there will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties.
“All workers of Osun extraction either in the College of Health Sciences and LAUTECH ceded to Osun or those in Ogbomoso are assured of job security. There will be no intimidation or discrimination against them in the discharge of their duties,” the statement partly read.
“The agreement states that indigenes of Oyo and Osun State working in either of the two entities will retain all their rights and obligations stipulated in their letters of engagements, therefore the State Government of Osun wishes to inform citizens that there is no need to fret about the dissolution, as all workers of Osun extraction are assured of the security of their jobs.”
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