Registrar, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Mrs. Ajibola Ponle, has urged Nigerian Universities to promote human-centred education in order to become 21st century universities.
The Registrar gave the urge in Ibadan on Tuesday at the Registry Discourse of the University of Ibadan (UI).
Mrs. Ponle, who spoke on “Promoting the Human Agenda in the Work Place: The Challenge of the 21st Century University”, said that many jobs would be replaced with machines as seen in other developed countries.
She stressed the need for Nigerian Universities to be proactive and align with technological advancement for effective productivity.
“Globally the common denominator that currently runs through all discourse around the work place is the future of work or the new world of work. Technology including artificial intelligence, robotics and sensors entails countless opportunities to improve work.
“One important development is that the boundaries of universities are fast dissapearing with increase access to knowledge and data from anywhere in the world by anyone who has the access to the worldwide web.
“Universities will therefore need to promote continuous and non-lateral learning; it means that universities need to respond to this trend by identifying those at risk profession and develop alternative programs or adapted curricula that will provide the capabilities required by industry.
“What we are doing in Nigeria is to support the industry to produce jobs and create wealth in the country,” she stated.
The Vice Chancellor of UI, Prof Idowu Olayinka and Chairman of the event, emphasised the need for better attitude at the work place.
“It is not everything that technology will do; good attitude and commitment to work are essential for productivity,” the VC stated.
Earlier, the Registrar of the university, Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi, had said that the annual registry discourse was geared toward shaping intellectual capabilities as well as building capacity.