Schneider Electric and the University of Ibadan have partnered to establish a laboratory to facilitate learning and expose students to new areas of opportunities. Owing to the high rate of technology diffusion among Nigerian students, Schneider Electric said the equipment in the laboratory will fill a gap in the educational system. It is said the facilities would provide a basis for practical education in the fields of electrical engineering, electromechanical engineering and industrial maintenance.
With the new equipment, the company said students would gain better insights into the workings of the industrial systems, learn how to resolve issues associated with lockouts, conduct hazard analysis and handle several other real life engineering tasks.
While speaking at the unveiling of the laboratory, the General Manager, Schneider Electric Anglophone West Africa, Mr. Balaji Lenka, said: "This project aims to bridge the gap between technical education and current industry requirements. It will empower youths to gain up-to-date skills to build the competent workforce necessary to solve Nigeria's power challenges."
Vice Chancellor University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka with Schneider Electric General Manger, Balaji Lenka officially commissioning Schneider Electric Learning Center at the Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan.
Schneider Electric's partnership with the university is the latest in the series of activities which the global energy and automation giant has engaged in to boost technological know-how in Nigeria. The partnership provides a platform that will give students access to the Schneider Electric University where they can access over 200 courses in Energy Management, leading to internationally-recognized certification, for free. Apart from this initiative, Schneider Electric runs an internship program which equips young Nigerians with engineering skills.
The company also has a partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) through which it grooms graduates. "We are serious about grooming Nigerian talent and contribute to building a skilled workforce equipped to address today's challenges in the industry," Lenka said at the event which was attended by students and lecturers from the university.
Speaking on behalf of the school, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka said: "This partnership is geared towards capacity building for University of Ibadan students to leverage on the expertise and opportunities provided by Schneider Electric as a major global player in power, automation and software."
Dignitaries from the University were present at the ceremony, including Professor Kolawole Ogedengbe, Dean, Faculty of Technology. Also present were executives of Schneider Electric including Mrs Viviane Mike-Eze, Marketing Communication Manager, Anglophone West Africa, and Mrs Dorothy Tunde-Ajala, Human Resource Director, Anglophone West Africa.
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