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Lagos, April 25, 2019 The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Funso Falade, on Thursday said new skills would be introduced into the engineering curricula to make students more relevant after graduation.

Falade made the disclosure at the 2nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of UNILAG Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association (UNILAGFEAA), in Lagos.

NNN reports that the mandate of the association is to ensure adequate documentation of Alumni programmes and to execute them.

Falade said an Industry Advisory Board had been constituted to critically review the curricula of the engineering discipline.

“What we try to do is to promote industry in faculty and faculty in industry.

“One way it can be done effectively is to have in place an industry advisory board; they are captains of their industries not necessarily engineers. We want them to crossbreed ideas.

“We have in that advisory board; marketing directors of companies, we have directors of Human Resource (HR), and we have safety directors.

“They have identified the gaps, what the industry needs and what we have in our curriculum.

“Some that can be embedded in existing courses and they have identified facilitators, who have come from the industry to deliver such lectures to students.

“At the end of the day, by the time the students are going to graduate, they would have some skills that make them more relevant in the industry,” he said.

The courses include Critical Thinking, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Teamwork, Leadership and Communication Skills.

On the benefits of the Alumni association to the faculty, Mr Titi Omo-Ettu, its Chairman, said there were other groups formed by different classes who also help to improve the facilities.

Omo-Ettu, who graduated in Electrical Engineering from the 1973 Class, said that apart from helping to improve on the facilities, the Alumni also sponsor Mentorship Programmes.

“We’ve been building the faculty; you will see so many things my class has done in the past 25 years.

“There was a time we refloored the lecture theatre, we also put new furniture.

“When they’re graduating, we call people to come and talk to them about life outside the school,” he told NNN on the sidelines of the AGM.

The chairman called on members, particularly those recently elected into various political offices to ensure that engineers were used to improve on Nigeria’s infrastructure.

NNN also reports that members of the Alumni association who were recently elected to different political offices include the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde.

Mike Alawode, who graduated in Civil Engineering, 1988, said his Class met last year, 30 years after graduation.

He said: “In the course of our meeting, the Head of Department (HOD), Civil Engineering, was around and he told us the state of the equipment in Civil Engineering laboratory.

“We resolved that no matter how small, as a class, we should gather ourselves and contribute our own quota to the laboratory’s upgrade.”

The association plans to remodel and expand the classrooms to provide more space for students and staff.

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