• Thursday, April 18, 2024
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JSAID obtains international accreditation to advance interior design profession

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…Becomes first African school to secure IDCEC approval

Jenniez School of Africa Interior Design (JSAID) has received globally a recognised accreditation from the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) to offer courses on interior design.

With the accreditation, JSAID has become the first school in Africa to have all its courses accredited by the Council.

This was disclosed during the school’s seventh convocation where it graduated over 720 students trained as professional interior designers.

Jennifer Chukwujekwe, chief executive officer and founder of JSAID, said the school recognises the potential and the opportunities inherent in the collaboration and intends to use it as a catalyst for continuous improvement and quality assurance.

“Our students receive comprehensive and up-to-date training that aligns with international standards and industry best practices,” she said.

According to her, the endorsement would provide the graduates from the school with a competitive edge in the global job market and increase their employability.

“The synergy will also provide expanded professional development opportunities to our students as well as our facilitators. These opportunities will enhance their skills, knowledge, and professional networks, positioning them for success in their careers,” she said.

Chukwujekwe said the school employs technology to deliver top-notch knowledge-based learning that is acceptable to present-day learners.

“It has a growing number of enrolled Gen Z students and a high social media presence. The school offers flexible learning options, personalised mentorships, and opportunities for students to pursue their passions in the field of interior design.

“It also features online communities and forums where Gen Z students can connect, collaborate, and support each other in their interior design journey,” she explained.

Chukwujekwe said the strategic partnerships with Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) in training women in interior design have equally helped the school to train over 258 women thereby closing the gender gap in unemployment.

Meanwhile, Teju Abisoye, one of the guest speakers, said that graduates are the most valuable product in the job market.

The leadership expert described the opportunities inherent in the programme as economically, socially, and politically beneficial to the students.

Abisoye admonished the graduates to sharpen their skills, read wide, engage in online training, and assiduously follow the tutelage of their mentors.

‘You are graduating today with skills that will enable you to earn or begin to build a future full of opportunities. It is the beginning of new things and new deliverables. Before now, all you had to deliver was assignments but going forward, it would become customer expectations,” Abisoye said.

JSAID prides itself in cultivating a culture of creativity and innovation where students are encouraged to push boundaries. Since its inception, the school has been well aligned to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals of no poverty, quality education, gender equality, and reduced inequalities.