The Acting Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, Professor Sakah Mahmud has re-emphasised the importance of Students’ Work Experience to nation building.
The university helmsman was speaking at this year's pre-placement orientation programme organised by KWASU's Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) unit on Wednesday January 22, 2020 at the Mini Convocation Arena.
Professor Mahmud who delivered the opening address noted that education cannot contribute to nation building if students are unable to translate what they have learnt in the classroom in work situations.
He therefore urged the students who were about to commence the programme to use the opportunity to acquire hands on experience in addition to what they have learnt in the institution.
The Area Manager of the Industrial Training Fund, Mr Lawrence Adebambo who also emphasised the importance of the scheme to the students described it as a mandatory programme for students of higher education institutions to prepare them for industrial work after graduation.
Mr Adebambo commended Kwara State University for its commitment to the annual SIWES orientation programme which he said greatly assists students in meeting some of the objectives of their studies.
While urging the students to be good ambassadors of KWASU, Mr Adebambo noted that the country is in need of job creators and the students will do well to use the opportunity created by this scheme to acquire the right skills and experience that will prepare them for life after graduation.
The coordinator of the SIWES Unit of the University, Hajia Hauwa Abdulkareem in her welcome address said the programme is organised annually to train students who will be participating in the industrial attachment scheme on what to expect and what is expected of them before, during and after the industrial attachment as well as to enlighten them on the importance of SIWES to their academic and personal development.
According to Hajia Abdulkareem, the scheme is an accreditation requirement by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and students are mandated to participate in it to facilitate skill acquisition and to expose them to the industrial work place environment.
She stated that about two thousand (2000) students from the Colleges of Agriculture, Education, Engineering and Technology, Information and Communication Technology as well as those from the College of Pure and Applied Sciences will be participating in the year 2020 SIWES programme.