IBM seeks partnership with CU
A team from IBM was in Covenant University on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, to deliberate with the University Management on partnership possibilities. The meeting, which featured a detailed presentation by the IBM team, took place in the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room in Canaan Land, Ota.
While making his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, appreciated the team for the visit and expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of working and partnering with them in creating the change the Continent so urgently needs and building a new generation of skilled leaders in the Information Technology arena.
The Vice Chancellor stated, “In consideration of the schemes introduced to us today by this team, there is no doubt that they were born out of research. Nobody is in doubt about the place of Cloud Computing, Business Analytics, Mobile Computing and Cyber Security. I listened curiously to the presentation and in the business of the future, these topics cannot be overlooked. With about 6 billion population in the world today, any one in serious business would be working on developing applications that could be made available on this platform.”
He further said, “We want to explore the various possibilities that are contained in your presentation. This is one proposal I would gladly sign with my eyes closed because of the future contained therein.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo stated, “We are delighted to have the team from IBM visit our University. I trust that the deliberations with you today would be favourable for the University, especially at this season when we are running with the goal of becoming one of the top ten Universities in the world by 2022. In the recently released Web Ranking of Global Universities, Covenant University ranked tops in Nigeria and West Africa and as one of the top 20 among all universities in Africa. We are very particular about relationships and seeing that IBM is a global brand, we are confident that our relationship with IBM would give us a quantum leap towards achieving our goals.”
Making his remark at the event, the University Relations Country Leader for IBM, Mr. Chinedu N. Onuoha, appreciated the Vice Chancellor for giving the IBM team audience. In his words, “We are glad to associate with Covenant University. We are very grateful for your warm reception and I believe we can do a lot of things together. My correspondence with this institution, even before we arrived has shown me how much she is committed to excellence, compared to other universities. One of our core focuses in IBM is integrity - conducting business the right way. IBM would be 104 years old by June. To have stayed this long, we have had to keep re-inventing ourselves. Information Technology (IT) is very dynamic and if you are not dynamic as a company, you’ll go extinct; what IBM has done is to reinvent itself. I also know that Covenant offers a lot of IT based courses and we are very happy for that because IBM is IT and IT is IBM.”
Mr. Onuoha further said, “IBM has a projection that the courses of the future would center on Cloud Computing, Business Analytics, Mobile Applications and Social Media Security. In view of this, to remain relevant, IBM has decided to focus on skills development. Population is no more a disadvantage; in fact, it is now a great advantage. That is why Countries like America, China and Japan are ruling because they have the population. However, it is training the population with relevant skills that ensures you own the future.”
He reiterated, “That is why we desire to train the youths as a major way to remain relevant and own the future. The President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM, Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, has seen Africa as the China of tomorrow, where skills can be developed to capture the future.”
While making his presentation, the Business Development Executive Academia of IBM for Africa and the Middle East, Mr. Andrea Emiliani stated, “There is a significant skills shortage in the IT industry across Africa. IBM is playing a key role in addressing the problem by actively implementing long-term initiatives that will provide Resources, Education and Training that cover advanced IT. This would support the development of local capabilities and economic development in the region.”
Furthermore, Mr. Emiliani said, “IBM's University strategy is based on a foundation of building relationships of mutual value. Through its network of universities, IBM seeks to build a strong pipeline of skills to grow its worldwide ecosystem, collaborate on research with selected institutions and support recruiting the best diverse talent for innovation.”
Others at the event were the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo; the Director, Life-long Learning, Dr. Nicholas Omoregbe; the Head of Department, Computer and Information Science, Dr. A. A. Adebiyi; the Legal Team and Members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.