School of Engineering & Engineering Technology

SEET Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2017 to 2022

Preamble

Engineers create jobs and drive the prosperity and knowledge-driven economy of a nation through research, innovation and technology development. In the face of the changing world and the 21st-century challenges, engineering education should be redesigned to be able to address the century’s challenges. Thus, the objective of transforming our engineering education is to equip our engineering students with contemporary technological competencies to create solutions for the 21st-century challenges as they come. To achieve this, a five-year strategic plan has been developed and includes our vision, mission, core values and strategic goals which stand out to guide our initiative. The plan will serve as the measuring stick to evaluate our decisions over the next five years. It will define the route for the journey to our destination.

Motto:

Transforming Engineering Education for the 21st-Century Challenges.

On the 19th of October 2017, the Board of Studies of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) held a meeting to assess the progress of the School over the past academic years. During the meeting, an outline of the first strategic plan was developed with input from stakeholders (faculty, staff and students). This plan was made with the intent to build our students and faculty on the foundation of excellence to be global leaders in learning, research and innovation across the diverse world of engineering. In so doing, it is our expectation that our faculty and students will convert ideas to reality, provide solutions to society’s needs and enhance the economic development and quality of life of the citizens of our nation and humankind. In the plan, the vision, mission, core values and strategic goals of the faculty were re-emphasized, expressing the future of the faculty over the next 5 years.

Vision

To be a world-class Faculty of Engineering recognized for advanced competencies in basic and applied research, educational and technological innovation, technology incubation and transfer as well as entrepreneurial skills for service to mankind. Thus, our Faculty of Engineering prides itself on the slogan “Our VISION is RITE (Research, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship)”.

Mission

To transform engineering education through teaching, research and innovation which incorporates local content initiative for effective training and inspiration to students who would contribute to the creation, application and transfer of engineering knowledge needed to drive national economic development.

Our Core Values

Our values are in line with those of the University, and they are summarized as follows:
  • Excellence;
  • Creativity and Innovation;
  • Inclusiveness and collegiality;
  • Integrity and accountability;
  • Strategic thinking and value-driven risk-taking;
  • Collaboration and diversity;

Above all, we consider Students First in all we do.

Strategic Goals

Our plan is framed around the following four(4) strategic goals:
  • To develop a critical mass of well-trained engineering professionals with contemporary technological competencies to address the 21st-century challenges;
  • To set up standard engineering laboratories and workshops with modern facilities and also improve the operations based on global best practices;
  • To conduct research that would catalyze economic growth and encourage entrepreneurial ventures;
  • To initiate and strengthen value-driven industry-academia

Implementation Strategies

The Faculty of Engineering has developed a five-year implementation framework to deliver strategic plans. Through the implementation strategies, progress will be evaluated and goals with timelines revised as situations change. Strategic goals and their implementation initiatives are given in Table 1.

 

Table 1: Strategic goals and their implementation plan of action

Strategic goal Implementation plan
  • To develop a critical mass of well-trained engineering professionals with contemporary technological competencies to address the 21st-century challenges;
  1. Annual sponsorship of at least 5 academic staff for international training (M.Eng/M.Sc. and PhD);
  2. Annual sponsorship for National, Regional and International conferences and workshops;
  3. Staff training and students’ internship in local and foreign industries involved in engineering related activities.
  • To set up standard engineering laboratories and workshops with modern facilities and also improve the operations based on global best practices;
  1. Annual purchase of at least 2 laboratories and engineering equipment through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) Special Intervention Scheme;
  2. Faculty management commitment to ISO laboratory quality standard;
  3. Initiate specially designed hands-on laboratories activities in collaboration with selected industries to improve technical competence.
  • To conduct research that would catalyze economic growth and encourage entrepreneurial ventures;
  1. More allocation of funds for investment in applied research;
  2. Institute   Faculty   policies   that   would   provide incentives for value-driven research;
  3. Encourage annual skills training on commercial research and entrepreneurship;
  4. Facilitate high impact research by investing in existing and emerging research areas of excellence, such as advanced functional materials and manufacturing, energy systems, climate change remediation and cybersecurity.
  • To initiate and strengthen value-driven industry-academia collaboration.
  1. Annual skills training in industry-academia collaboration;
  2. Encourage industries to setup research chairs in the faculty and also bring their operational challenges for research solution;
  3. Conduct annual Faculty of Engineering exhibition week to increase the visibility of our research portfolio;
  4. Establishment of Faculty industry-academia liaison office.
  5. Involving industries in students’ research project supervision.

 

Engr. Prof. G.I. Nwandikom
Dean, SEET