The Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo played host to the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Third Quarter Zonal meeting that involved Directors and Coordinators of SIWES in tertiary institutions within the Enugu zone.

Declaring the meeting open, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Sunday Elom applauded the coordinators of SIWES in various higher institutions of learning in the Enugu zone and the Area Manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), for choosing FUNAI as their convening point. The Vice-Chancellor noted that SIWES has been a good partner in providing additional exposure and practical experience to students during their period of academic mentorship.

The Vice-Chancellor further stated that the University since inception has been supporting the ideals of SIWES by sponsoring staff to ITF workshops/trainings to equip them with the relevant hands-on skills in order to improve their performance.

Prof. Nwajiuba used the occasion to announce that the University was the first among the twelve Federal Universities lately established to receive approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in the area of SIWES Programmes. 

The Vice-Chancellor also disclosed that the University has commenced Students’ Capacity Building Scheme ‘(SCBS), aimed at securing industrial training opportunities for FUNAI students in public and private sectors within and outside the country through collaborations. Adding that the University has successfully concluded the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISPD), where many unemployed youths of her host and immediate communities were trained in various skills acquisition schemes.

The Area Manager of Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Enugu, Mrs. Linda Egbeonu in her remarks, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for fulfilling his promises of ensuring that the University is effectively represented in all ITF organized workshops and therefore called on other institutions to emulate him.

Speaking further, the Area Manager cautioned the Coordinators of SIWES in different tertiary institutions in the zone to always cooperate with ITF in order to achieve the goals of SIWES in grooming citizens with practical and experiential skills.  

On his part, the University’s SIWES Coordinator, Dr. Omaka N. Omaka thanked the Vice Chancellor for supporting and promoting the ideals of SIWES among staff and students of the University, adding that they would not rest on their oars until the University attains a world class status known for producing solution providers rather than job seekers.

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