The National Universities Commission (NUC) had said that the Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) in Nigeria has gone unsuccessful.
The Union said students sent for the purpose of acquiring work experience under the scheme are often turned to “tea boys by the chief executives.”
According to Premium Times, Sulieman Ramon Yusuf, Director of Research, Innovation and Information Technology, NUC made this known on Thursday in Abuja at a stakeholders’ roundtable on university-industry linkages.
He said the commission decided to organize the forum because of the notorious gap between the university system and industry, which he said is not healthy for the economy.
“People think universities are working in silos but beyond research findings, very little is seen outside the system. That is why we called for this round table to examine ways which there could be collaboration. To move the nation forward, there must be involvement of the academia and the industries,” Yusuf said.
Also at the roundtable event was the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), Laoye Jaiyeola. He said there cannot be innovation unless stakeholders come together to discuss the way forward.
“The role of education is to enhance productivity, unleash the creativity of the human mind and promote entrepreneurship and when that role is missing, the economy of any nation may be doomed,” he said.
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