FUTO HOSTS THE PILOT 1 FLAG-OFF FOR IEEE SKILL-UP TECHNOLOGY HUB IN NIGERIA
On March 21st, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) approved a grant facilitated by Engr. Prof. Mrs Gloria Chukwudebe worth $20,761 USD to setup Skillup hubs in Nigerian Universities. In the pilot 1 phase, the Federal University of Technology, Owerri was selected as one of the few Universities in the country to benefit from the Programme with the mandate of implementing expert skill-up certification training centre by IEEE volunteers.
In keeping with the aforementioned mandate for its establishment, the IEEE HAC team organized the flag off the program on 5th July 2019. The opening ceremony was anchored by Engr. Prof. (Mrs) Gloria. A. Chukwudebe, who explained that the IEEE HAC is a global sustainable development goal (SDGs) action committee that supports impactful humanitarian activities at the local level around the world. The aim is to provide hands-on training workshops for industry-based product/networking designs, software product designs, mobile robotics programming, ICT skills for smart grid technologies; cyber-security, computer hardware /maintenance/cloning, network/database administration, and leadership/entrepreneurship training, among others. For 2019, he added that the IEEE HAC Skill-up workshop will train participants in various technological areas by the team of IEEE HAC experts and volunteers.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze, who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics Professor Ndukwe James Okeudo welcomed participants to the Skill-up workshop and highlighted that FUTO, as the premier University of Technology in Nigeria is known for excellence, hence the mantra of the present administration, “Driving the Culture of Excellence”. He disclosed that FUTO as a Centre of Excellence seriously encourages innovation and creativity.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that over the years, his administration has significantly ensured robust academic and professional programmes to meet the emerging trend in technological advancement around the world. These technologies he said will largely require skills which will create rooms for employments. He urged the participants to see the workshops as an opportunity to learn and proffer solutions that will solve societal problems especially as it relates to the use of ICTs, smart computing, robotics and automation among others.
The IEEE HAC Project manager, Dr Kennedy and the training facilitators took the Vice-Chancellor around the hub and briefed him on the training programmes covering Robotics/Artificial Intelligence, Cisco Networking, CompTIA A+, Andriod JAVA programming, and Python among others.
Other dignitaries present at launch include the Dean School of Engineering, Engr. Prof. Ezeh C, Engr. Prof. (Mrs) Gloria. A. Chukwudebe, IEEE Africa Chair, Dr. (Mrs) I.E, Achumba (Head of Department, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, FUTO), Student branch councillor and the IEEE HAC facilitators.