June 8, 2022 | Author | 0 Comments
Chrisland VC, Prof. Babalola Tasks Students on Innovation, Invention, Creativity in Producing Workable Solutions to Global Challenges
The Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Prof. Chinedum Peace Babalola, FAS, has tasked students to widen their research in innovative and creative ideas in producing workable solutions to global challenges
She gave the charge at the University Auditorium during the Technovation Summit organized by Chrisland Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development Studies.
According to Prof. Babalola, one of her visions and goals upon assuming office as the Vice-Chancellor was to promote innovation, noting that the world cannot survive without technovation.
In her words “I am really excited about this summit. One of my visions and goals before I became Vice-Chancellor was to promote innovation and i told myself that i was going to establish a prize called ‘Innovate Chrisland’. I want to gladly say that my family and i have funded that prize.”
According to the Vice-Chancellor who is also a Professor Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacokinetics noted that technology has not only improved environmental sustainability, she highlighted that technology has greatly transformed drug discovery, design, and development.
She however challenged the students to devote more efforts in research towards the discovery of innovation for global purpose.
“When students finish their projects, I’m looking for something. Inside looking for innovation. I want to hear that our students design one app that can do xyz. I want you to explore", she stressed.
Speaking on Edtech and Non-Formal Educational Empowerment of Youths for Entrepreneurship in Nigeria, Miss Sonia Mpi who is a Social Entrepreneur, noted that entrepreneurship can be a solution to the global challenge of youth unemployment, and a significant source of much-needed job creation.
She underscored outdated and impractical school curriculum, inadequate use of technology in classrooms and limited availability of formal institutions, limited access to information technology and classrooms as limitations of formal education system in Nigeria in addressing youth unemployment and innovation in Nigeria and hindrances to the application of EdTech in non-formal education.
According to her, technology applied in non-formal education can boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the strategized non-formal education if applied appropriately.
Other speakers at the events such as Ayodeji Agboola and Nikhil Choudhary agreed that appropriate use of technology can transform society for quality livelihood, adding that it enhances overall standard of living, productivity, creativity and economic growth.