The Vice-Chancellor, staff, and students of Coal City University Enugu, Nigeria played host to the Australian high commissioner to Nigeria, Benin, Cameroun, Gabon, Niger, and Ecowas Her Excellency Ms Claire Ireland on 10th of September 2020.
Ms Ireland reiterated the benefits of global academic experience in her address “Globalisation, Higher Education and National Development: Experiences and Lessons from Australia.” During the maiden distinguished speaker series of the university. She emphasized the receptiveness of Australia to international students, as attested by former students present in the virtual conference.
The Distinguished Speaker Series of Coal city university is a program designed to bring eminent speakers from the realm of politics, academics, and range of industries to promote the discussion of important issues of public interest. The program will also provide the university with an opportunity to interact and engage with some of the world’s greatest minds to discuss critical issues of public interest.
Internalisation Of Higher Education Is Key To Sustainable Human And Capacity Development
The tertiary educational experience is revered as the highpoint of academic development and an international tertiary structure is essential in rearing individuals that will meet the world standards of a complete individual.
Commenting on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of Coal City University Professor Afam Icha-Ituma remarked: “. In an increasingly globalised world, there is a widespread acceptance of the importance of ‘internationalising” higher education and providing students and members of staff the skills to enable them to operate effectively across national boundaries. One way of dealing with this issue is by providing students and members of staff with opportunities to participate in international collaborations and exchange programmes.”
“In our internationalisation efforts, we want to expand our global network of partner institutions. We aspire to be Nigeria’s global university. Coal City University is very interested in forging a strong link with Universities in Australia. Just about 0.3% of the world population live in Australia but the country is home to 5% of the top five hundred globally ranked Universities based on innovative teaching, impactful research, knowledge transfers, and international outlook. Undoubtedly, the strength of Australian university system has played a significant role in Australia’s economic growth and the wellbeing of the people. At Coal City University, we benchmark only against the best institutions around the world. We have identified Australia as a higher education exemplar and we believe there are valuable lessons to be learned from the success of the Australian Higher Education System.” He added.
Student to be awarded dual-degrees at the completion of studies
One of the numerous benefits of the internalization program of Coal City University is the award of a Bachelor’s degree from the University and partner Universities. Confirming this, Prof. Icha-Ituma states: “We are currently working with a number of prestigious universities abroad in the United Kingdom and the United States- to develop a dual degree programme that will provide the opportunity for our interested students to be awarded a degree from Coal City University and a degree from our partner university on successful completion of their programme.
We have also introduced an International Visiting Fellowship Programme to harness the skills and experiences of world-class academics in prestigious universities abroad. In that direction, we inducted 55 Visiting Professors and Fellows on Monday 7th September 2020. As I mentioned during the induction 2 programme, these highly accomplished and globally recognized scholars will collaborate with their CCU colleagues on joint projects, research, teaching, integrating experiences, competencies, principles and practices primed on delivering outstanding learning experiences to students. Consequently, during each semester, our students will have world-class professors teach them in class and remotely.”