Varsity restates commitment to staff development, academic excellence

For umpteenth time, the management of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Ondo State has restated its commitment to staff capacity development and academic excellence in line with the aspirations of the founding fathers of the institution. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Administration, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, who reiterated the university’s commitment to updating the staff capacity and competence, particularly in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), disclosed this during a training programme, organised by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) for members of staff of tertiary institutions in the country, Adekunle Ajasin University Centre.

He said: “Adekunle Ajasin University is interested in upgrading the capacity level of its staff to global standard and comparable in terms of service delivery and academic excellence. And indeed, the university has taken advantage of the training programme facilitated by Nigerian Communication Commission.

As we are committed to upgrade the capacity and competence of our workers, particularly in the area of Information and Communication Technology, we appreciate NCC for being magnanimous enough to make our university a centre for the training.” The training on Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI), according to him, is aimed at providing the tools that will acquaint members of staff with the applications, and build the confidence in them in the utilisation of ICT in teaching, research and learning.

Besides, the don added that the training would go a long way to bridge the digital gaps existing in the academia by providing necessary facilities that would provide staff and students with the requi-site ICT skills essential for the 21st Century. The five-day training programme, which took place at the Computer-Based-Test (CBT) Centre of the university, had since its inception in 2008, according to the organisers, covered more than 300 institutions of higher learning across the country.

Some of the participants, who spoke on the relevance of the training, however, expressed gratitude to the NCC and the university for the training, which they said would go a long way in improving their efficiency and proficiency. The ICT training covered several topics, which include the Introduction to Computer, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, as well as Introduction to Internet.

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