The West African Union University Cotonou, Friday, March 10, signed an agreement with a consortium of four reputable firms led by Concept Craft & Towers Ltd to provide technical skills to our students on the following areas: marketing, advertising, public relations, events management, photography, film/cinematography, radio / television broadcasting including mini studio installation and management, graphic designs and printing/publishing, newspaper and book publishing, blogging, web designs and hosting.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Uchenna Okoro who led the consortium informed that the project which would last for two years is aimed at bridging the gap between the university fresh graduates and the available jobs. He revealed that over 70% of Nigerian fresh graduates lack the technical, innovative and creative skills needed in today labour market. Mr Okoro hinted that recent study at the world scene further revealed that four out of ten employers cannot find qualified employee to fill entry level positions in their companies. Explaining further, he compared the youth unemployment figure of 1.8 percent in 1995 with about 75 percent figure in 2015. The above indexes he stated necessitated the proposal that led to the pact.
The university on her part has pledged to fully corporate with the consortium to ensure that the objectives of the project are met in record time. Speaking on behalf of the university, the Registrar, Mr. A.A. Onifade remarked that the West African Union University is being repositioned to meet the needs of the time. The pact, he said, would also provide executive industrial training spaces for WAUU IT students; thus solving the hurdles of securing where to do IT. He further asserted that the university is putting everything in place to ensure that every graduate of WAUU is gainfully employed.
The West African Union University was agog, Friday, 22nd April 2016 as the Faculty of Science took the university community on a one week talent hunt. The event which commenced with a football match, took students and handlers to tour of important landmarks in Benin Republic in day two, paced into other activities including singing and dancing contests, and got to a grand finale that produced a Miss Science Beauty Queen for 2016/2017 session. The event discovered a multitude of hidden talents in the students.
The football match which was between the English and French sections of the university was refereed by Prof Aggrey Fynn, a professor of engineering - economy in his late 70s. It was a game to watch; a game of physical fitness versus mental fitness. At first half, the French side was leading by a lone goal. The English side came in at the second half very hungry for goals; and consequently got an equalizer few minutes into the second half. The match ended one – one at piece.
And now the grand finale: The chairs were manned by Dr Bishop Adeyemi Olayemi -the President of the University, Mr. Femi Oyewole - the University Consultant, Prof Aggrey Fynn of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Mr. Paul Prince Nwala of the Faculty of Legal and Security Studies, and Mr. Chris Nwokoro of the department of Mass Communication. The chief host was Mrs. Benedicta Egbuharan of the Faculty of Science.
Prior to the beauty contest, students and guests were entertained with inspirational songs, dance, among others by students. At last the MC of the ceremony announced the names of the two finalists, and they were ushered on stage. Their names: Miss Emmanuella Mbanusi and Miss Temitope Rasheed. The two contestants came on stage looking glamorous and full of determination. They were assessed on the following areas: dressing, dance steps, public speaking, creative ideas, stature, wits, and others.
At the end of the contest, the chair got its greatest challenge. The two contestants were almost at par in points. However, a winner must emerge and thus; Miss Temitope Rasheed emerged the winner and was crowned as Miss Science Beauty Queen.
A section of the English team before the match
Miss Science Beauty Queen
Miss Temitope Rasheed crowned Miss Science Beauty Queen
A team of specialists from the World Health Organization (WHO), recently engaged WAUU Biological Science students on a practical training program. The training is one of the university programs aimed at exposing students to the technical skills needed for their development and excellent practice.
Speaking at the training, the President of the University, Dr Bishop Adeyemi Olayemi, disclosed that getting WHO to drill the students of the university was another mileage aimed at impacting on students the world class practical skills that will distinguish them from most others. The training is ongoing.
A cross section of WAUU students with the WHO team at the training
A cross section of WAUU students at the WHO training