The Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT Minna) and the National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) have commenced a collaborative programme that will lead to the award of professional master certificate in Technology Management.
In a remark, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Musbau Akanji, who was represented by the Director, Collaboration and Linkages, Prof. Emmanuel Udenze, assured that the University is blessed with adequate manpower to deliver on its mandate and urged the students to take their studies seriously as the University had zero tolerance for cheating in examination.
While addressing the 30 newly admitted students at the maiden matriculation and orientation at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) over the weekend at its lecture centre in Abuja, NACETEM, North-central zone, coordinator, Mr. Temitope Olawale, said lectures for the 24 months programme will commence on Saturday, 26 November, 2016.
According to him, the professional certificate programme, will provide advance understanding of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and its application through technology planning, development, adoption and diffusion.
He stressed that the need to ensure sustainable development in the country through science and innovation has become imperative and added that there is need for diversification of the economy at the present economic recession.
In a remark, the DG/CEO, NACETEM, Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma urged the students to brace up for the challenges presently confronting the country’s implementation of STI policy.
According to him, building professional capacities and competencies across the different technology management fields will also help reduce the challenges encountered in coupling STI knowledge to development.
He said, NACETEM, was established under the UNESCO initiative by government in 1992 as the Science and policy research and training centre of the federal ministry of science and technology, though sited at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, to leverage on the human resources technology available at the Unniversity.