THE COAL CITY University on Monday 19- Friday 23rd, April, 2021 began staff capacity development through its Lifelong Learning Series. This is in line with its intentional drive in reinventing sound academic excellence and re-entrenching academic culture among the academic and administrative staff of the university.
The university, as a globally focused university, through the seminar series assembles scholars of international appeal who gather to interrogate myriads of issues of public importance with a view of strengthening capacities and abilities of its drive to enhance effective and efficient service delivery in their respective departments and faculties.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Afam Ituma explained that opportunities provided by seminars such as this enhances capacities because himself is a beneficiary of such events.
“This is how I started my academic career. I benefitted so much from seminars like this”, he said, stressing the need for staff to maximize such rare opportunities. Themed advancing the university’s mission via teaching excellence and scholarship. Professor Pat Obi from Purdue University, Northwest, USA who also doubles as one of the visiting professors of Coal City University sought ways through which teaching and learning experience will shift from one way approach (lecturer to student) to students and lecturer –making it possible for practical participation of the students in teaching and learning process.
In the course of the seminar, Professor Obi provided ways by which students can demonstrate their learning and attainment of learning objectives. To achieve this, he said “take home exams, paper and poster presentation, create advertisements, write editorial and research proposal” are time tested ways of improving learning attainment of objectives.
Meanwhile the event continued with the presentation by Professor Cresanthus Biamba from University of Galve, Sweden who delivered Promoting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student through Internationalisation.
Professor Biamba argued that “internationalization has huge impact on internationalization of curriculum” –giving students not “just limited knowledge from where they are studying, but a broader knowledge and perspectives of what is going on in other places”. He said not only does it impact on the curriculum, it also has implications on the economy, political and religious worldviews of the host countries.
He urged various actors to support the internationalization drive of any university of its huge and far reaching impact both the students and the university.
In a related development, Professor Uche Dieke regretted the dearth of tourism studies in most Nigerian Universities, arguing its reinvention urgency. The event ended with participants expressing gratitude for the platforms provided to learn new perspectives on teaching and learning.