Don advocates innovative, imaginative skills for global development
NNN: The Vice Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun, Prof. Amidu Sanni, has called on the academic community to adopt and shift to innovative skills for global development.
Sanni made the call on Monday during the opening ceremony of the 2022 College of Natural and Applied Sciences Conference, hosted by the institution in Osogbo.
The VC said the theme of the conference, “Innovative Tools in Science and Technology for Global Development”, came at a right time when a paradigm shift was needed from traditional approaches in scientific pursuits and learning.
“The choice of the theme could not have come at a more appropriate time than now.
“The trend in the last decade or so has made the traditional approaches in scientific pursuits that is, learning, teaching, research, extension services, less than pragmatic and handy.
“The dominance of ICT technology and its concomitant facilities has necessarily made the appropriation of new imaginative, innovative, and responsive skills and tools highly desirable.
“This appropriation is not only desirable in science and technology, but in all aspects of education and training, particularly at the higher education level,” he said.
Sanni explained that the curricular in use by universities drawn on traditional models and subject matters that fail to interrogate or interface with the needs and dispositions of young and adventurous students whose interests and leanings are in tune with current global trends of creativity.
He said the challenges facing the Nigerian academic and research world were also discouraging with unending strikes in the public higher education sector.
“Workers in the academic sector, especially the academic staff unions and the non-academic staff bodies have failed to assist the society to appreciate the fact that the old order of financing education more like a social service, is no more tenable and realistic.
“The system does not have to be destroyed before it is rebuilt as the current actions or inactions of the unions and government seem to suggest,’’ he said.
He urged the conference to make recommendations that would inspire students, instructors, state, parents, industry, and indeed the larger society to appreciate the need for paradigm shift.
According to him the paradigm shift should be in philosophy of education where personal skills and aptitudes can interact with scientific and technological pursuits.
“Technological pursuits as a necessary tool, not only for global development, but more importantly for our immediate environment and needs.
This should be without necessarily tying our fortunes to the vagaries of poor governance, misplaced sense of value where knowledge and its purveyors are rarely valued,” he said.
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