First Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan graduates will fill skill gaps in a number of industries, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ayobami Salami, has said.
He asked students to develop positive attitude and perception in every learning task with a view to transforming into innovators and entrepreneurs.
Prof Salami made the statement while addressing newly admitted students during an orientation programme.
While noting that a formidable obstacle to Nigeria’s development was the presence of large number of graduates who have certificates without skills, Professor Salami disclosed that Tech-U would produce graduates who would fill the skills gaps in the industry.
“Over the last two sessions, the university has carved a niche for itself by training students to combine intellectual advancement with the development of innate and acquired technical and vocational competencies in diverse work areas,” he stated
He also pointed out that some students in the university already have their own startups and were on their way to becoming full-fledged entrepreneurs.
“This is a university with a potential. We have about 18 different vocations that you can choose from,” he told the students, adding that the courses included 60% theory and 40% practical and hands-on training during their stay in the university.
The Director of General Administration, Mr. Murtala Agbaje, who led students through the institution’s administrative processes, urged them to work towards making themselves outstanding. “Each and every one has a talent and a mission. Your goal can be achieved through the university, you are not in the wrong place,” he said.
urged students to be ready to take responsibilities, embrace continuous learning, manage their time skillfully and take calculated risks.