BSU Inducts Eight Lecturers In Tuning Africa Programme
For participating actively in programmes organised by Tuning Africa Phase II project, Benue State University has been selected as one of fourteen Universities in Nigeria to train academics in capacity building.
The project, which is an initiative of the “Africa-EU Strategic partnership”, has so far held General Meetings in Accra, (Ghana) Cairo, (Egypt) and Brussels, Belgium.
For Benue State University, the opportunity came when the organisation provided window for African Universities to compete for the few vacancies for participation in the project in the second phase and Benue State University won the award to compete after a Keen competition.
The University won with a proposal on a programme in Masters in Technology Education following which Professor Emmanuel Echor, Head, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, represented the University in Cairo, Egypt, during the Inaugural Meeting, held 12th-14th October, 2015.
Having successfully participated in three editions of the programme, he was handed the franchise of the body to train more academics with the aim of creating opportunities for staff and students mobility within and outside African Universities for both learning and employment.
Of the fourteen Universities in Nigeria which are enrolled for the project, Benue State is one of the two state owned Universities whose proposals admitted them into the prestigious scheme.
Academics in Benue State University who participated in the programme organised by the BSU Department of Education Curriculum recently and were presented with certificates included, Professor Emmanuel E. Achor, Dr. Joseph A. Obida, Dr. Benedict I. Labe, Dr. Naomi Doki, Dr. Terungwa Adzende Dr. Bernard Tarza Tyubee and Dr. Chris Orngu.
At a ceremony where the participants were formally presented their certificates, the Head of Department commended their perseverance while on the induction programme.
Also speaking, the Dean, Faculty of Education, Professor Batur Gbenda Laha,, expressed hope that more lecturers in the University would be accorded the opportunity to participate in the programme.
He also implored the Head of Department to incorporate aspects of the programme into the course content of the Faculty to enable more lecturers without Professional teaching qualification horn their skills.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Msugh Moses Kembe represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Edward Agbo Omudu, urged the participants to ensure that their acquired knowledge permeates down the ladder.
Tuning Africa is a collaborative, consultative project involving academics working in subject groups with employers and other stakeholders in curriculum development to enhance student’s competences.
The programme is aimed at organizing and providing opportunities for African Universities with capacity to design and develop curricula, provide opportunities for generation of additional resources and to support effective and productive networking.
Tuning Africa project is also intended to reach out to higher institutions in Africa and the rest of the world to produce graduates that will be comparable in knowledge acquired in their discipline by raising comparable objectives, learning outcomes (using generic competencies) that are focused on what the learner should be able to do.
With this, Tuning projects programmes will create possibility for staff and students mobility within and outside Africa and make graduates generally employable wherever they find themselves.