In its goal to change the learning narratives in Nigeria’s tertiary education space, the Nigerian University of Technology and Management (NUTM) has unveiled three undergraduate degree programmes in Computer Science, Cyber-Security and Information Technology.
Nubi Achebo, director of academic planning at NUTM disclosed this recently at a media brief held at the Apapa-Lagos campus of the university.
“We are elated to open Nigeria’s premier tech and management training to undergraduate learners. Our graduates will positively transform African innovation and industry,” he said.
Furthermore, Achebo said; “With the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC), NUTM will initially offer bachelor’s degrees spanning Computer Science, Cyber-Security, and Information Technology. The forward-thinking curriculum features computing, entrepreneurship capstones, professional skills development, and industry experience.”
To allay the fear by experts that many Nigerian universities are producing graduates without relevant skills to meet the market demands, Achebo explained that graduates from the university will gain highly sought-after skills tailored to current industry demands, with many NUTM alumni such as the NUTM scholars programme already positively impacting startups and leading companies.
Chinelo Nnadozie, deputy registrar at NUTM revealed that the university is now listed on Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
“NUTM encourages all students desiring academic excellence at the intersection of STEM, management and entrepreneurship to select the university in their JAMB/UTME application form,” she stated.
Kayode Abass, brand and communication manager at NUTM buttressed that the institution is interested in promoting academic excellence, hence it has in place a full scholarship provision for candidates that score 300+ in their UTME.
“Merit-based scholarships are also available for brilliant students, especially from educationally disadvantaged areas,” he said.
To ensure that students get the best of competence-based learning, the academic director revealed that NUTM would be engaging the services of adjunct lecturers blended with that of the faculty lecturers.
“Students will be exposed to service learning whereby they would be made to go into the communities, find out challenges and possible solutions. We have plans in place to bring in venture capitalists to fund projects from the student’s discoveries if need be,” he said.
Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria’s former minister of industry, trade and investment, and chairman, of the governing board at NUTM disclosed to BusinessDay that the mission of the university is to deliver world-class academic excellence in Africa.
“NUTM stands out among other universities in its quality of teaching and impact on students. Obviously, we started with quality, and the impact has been tremendous. When you get quality right, you can scale it.
“We decided to establish a science, technological, engineering and management (STEM) university that will be the best in Africa and rival other such institutions in the world, such as MIT, and Indian Institute,” he said.
In addition, he said; “Africa’s great potential will only be realised by intensifying training and investment in our people. World-class education can help transform African economies from predominantly resource-dependent to knowledge-based.”
Babs Omotowa, president of NUTM said the university’s delivery of world-class quality STEM education is empowering youth with essential knowledge, skills and igniting transformation.
“Our alumni are driving impactful change in their workplace, while some have set up ventures that have created hundreds of jobs and raised millions of dollars,” he said.
Omotowa also reiterated that the university is committed to developing students through its transformative teachings; we’re transforming the lives of young people and they are going out to make a big difference.
“Our aspiration is to continue to build people who will create jobs in Nigeria, and those that will work for companies will also transform those companies,” he said.
The Nigerian University of Technology and Management is a leading academic institution committed to advancing education in technology, entrepreneurship, and design in Africa.
The university offers one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, delivered by esteemed faculty from Ivy League and Russell Group Universities, along with accomplished local industry professionals.