Trinity University Matriculates 183 Fresh Students

By Olayinka Olawale

A total of 183 fresh students of Trinity University on Friday participated in the matriculation ceremony of the institution for the 2020/2021 academic session.

The students were sworn in during the institution’s third matriculation ceremony held at the university campus in Yaba, Lagos.

The matriculants were inducted into 11 different programmes at the university.

Prof. Charles Korede, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said that it was time for the university system to birth a change, in order not to repeat the same mistakes of the past.

According to the vice-chancellor, the university is on a mission to raise young men and women who will rescue Africa from the decadence it has been plunged into by weak leaders.

Korede said that the generational change agents would recreate their world and help leapfrog the continent developmentally.

“To the matriculants, let me welcome you specially to Trinity University at a peculiar time such as this.

“The symbolic importance of the era we are in is multifaceted and multidimensional.

“This is a time when the nation is at the brink of the precipice; a time when insecurity is at its peak in our nation.

“A time when the economy is in shambles, with massive unemployment and underemployment; a time when there is monumental infrastructural decay, poor roads, energy supply, water, in our nation.

“A time where the threats of food insecurity continue to accentuate; we are not here to bemoan our challenges as a nation.

“It is just instructive that to birth a change, we must be mindful of history so that we don’t repeat same mistakes.

“They will help Africa solve her problems rather than rely on the West.

“These young matriculants will make the ideal of “African Rising” a reality. They are the ones the continent has been waiting for,” he said.

The Guest Speaker, Prof. Adesina Sodiya, a Professor of Computer Science and Information Security, said that digital technology would continue to transform the education system in the post-COVID-19 era.

Sodiya, who is also the President, Nigeria Computer Society, delivered the matriculation lecture entitled “Digital Inclusion and The Future Of Nigeria University System: A Post COVID-19 Review”

He said that students and academics must adequately prepare for the transformation.

He further noted that COVID-19 has changed the way people live, adding that the new normal now is total dependence on ICT.

According to him, COVID-19 has taught nations that technology was an integral part of life.

“One thing the past year has taught us, is that technology is an integral part of our lives.

“The need for digital skills has never been greater as we work, socialise and access core services through our electronic devices.

“At the start of lockdown there was an immediate need to get the most essential services running effectively,” he said.

Sodiya also said that there would be total restructuring of the educational system, using technology in the future.

He noted that government must continue to promote and support technology-based learning, and modern educational policies, geared towards technology-based learning.

“Educational institution administrators and managers should be planning for the future of education.

“More adoption of blended learning, complete smart classrooms, virtual universities, collaborative degree programmes, augmented reality/virtual reality and voice platforms and artificial intelligence in education, should be considered,” he said.

The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University, Pastor Samuel Olatunji, commended the management of the institution for the progress made so far by the young university.

Olatunji said that the university was growing steadily in pursuit of its mandate to earn distinctive respect as a credible academic institution for the 21st century.

“Our young university is growing steadily in the pursuit of her mandate.

“This is despite the considerable challenges besetting mankind, especially COVID-19, which struck less than a year from our commencement, coupled with the habitually hostile local operating environment, which had also worsened.

“The progress, so far, is a good signal that we mean business and we are fortunate enough to have a team that can deliver the goods.

“It has been a remarkable outing in a short time, and this has begun to earn our young university a measure of respect,” he said.

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