Godfrey Okoye University Promotes Technological Advancement and Entrepreneurship Among Students
By Godwin Umeh
In a bid to enhance the quality of education and prepare students for the challenges of the modern world, Godfrey Okoye University Enugu has taken significant strides in promoting technology integration in teaching and fostering entrepreneurial skills among its students.
Collaboration for Technological Advancement
The Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Prof. Sergius Udeh, has urged closer collaboration between academic faculties and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) directorates of tertiary institutions. This call for synergy came during the opening of a practical workshop for academic staff at the university and its affiliated institutions.
Prof. Udeh highlighted the potential benefits of integrating new technologies, such as Smartboards, into teaching and learning. He emphasized that these innovations could reduce stress, enhance cost-effectiveness, and improve the overall quality of education. He also pledged the faculty’s commitment to working closely with the ICT unit to achieve the policy’s objectives.
Mr. Chinedu Chibuzor, the Director of ICT, elaborated on the multifaceted use of Smartboards in teaching, making learning more engaging and interactive. He also announced the appointment of Faculty ICT staff to provide guidance to lecturers on equipment usage.
Furthermore, the workshop participants received insights into how Smartboards could be used for accessing library services, conducting research, citation, and project writing.
Empowering Students Through Entrepreneurship
In a parallel effort to empower its students, Godfrey Okoye University Enugu initiated the Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP) program for the fifth consecutive year. STEP, an action-oriented entrepreneurship initiative, aims to equip young minds with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for entrepreneurial careers.
Mr. Christopher Uwakwe, representing the Vice Chancellor, announced the commencement of STEP Orientation for 300-level students. He stressed the program’s compulsory nature, designed to nurture students’ entrepreneurial abilities. Notably, 700 students will receive startup capital to kickstart their entrepreneurial ventures upon successful program completion.
Uwakwe encouraged students to maintain full attendance and active participation throughout the program, emphasizing that certificates would be awarded to successful participants. The students expressed their gratitude to the university for providing them with essential skills for future self-employment.
With a focus on technological advancement and entrepreneurship, Godfrey Okoye University Enugu is paving the way for its students to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.