TO strengthen engineering education in the country, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, NAE, the apex engineering body in Nigeria, has called for collaboration with relevant organisations is paramount. At a recent press conference in Lagos, the president of the Academy, Engr. (Mrs.)Joanna Maduka said a landmark achievement in this collaborative effort was the commencement of NAE’s partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering on the Africa Catalyst Project.
She added that the catalyst project which aims at specifying the competences required of different grades of engineering practitioners in Nigeria, through a document called the Nigeria-SPEC is in its final stages, and will be concluded this July.
Mrs. Maduka further noted that recently, a joint collaboration committee of the Academy and ARCO Group on academia-industry linkage was established to lend credence and give vent to innovations in engineering that can be a game changer for engineering education, industrial development and growth of Nigeria.
“Presently, we have collaboration with industry operators to help the upcoming engineers in the country. We have collaboration with Nigerian Ports Authority and Technical College, Yaba”, NAE’s president noted.
Also speaking on engineering education, Engr. Prof. A. O. Denloye, Honorary Secretary, NAE, said Africa catalyst project is to change the way students of engineering are taught, adding that the curriculum of engineering has changed to application system.
According to Denloye, “We want to go into project-based learning where team work is encouraged by the system. This system also emphasises industrial attachment of engineering students. In those days, because students were few in class, it was easy to find places for them to do attachment. But today, the population is so high that students hardly find places to do industrial attachment.