SNC organises conference to enlighten students on academics, entrepreneurship

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The Star Network Conference has organized a conference on Saturday to bridge the gap between industrialization and academics in Nigeria.

The Conference which was curated by an alumnus of the University, Ja’afar Zubair, is the third of its kind and first in LAUTECH.

The Star Network Conference(SNC) was organized to open the eyes of youths in tertiary institutions to latest trends in innovation and entrepreneurship and facilitate an acado-industrial synergy amongst stakeholders, to turn the logs of acacdemic thesis into markable products, and make market-worthy innovations in institution.

The conference featured a Students Experiences and Achievement (SEA) Talk on the 13th of July, 2018 , where current and past students had come to tell stories of how they made the most of their time on campus. Student Enterpreneurs like JesuDamilare of Ennovate Labs, Usman Abiola of Ellcrys, Opetunde Adepoju, a data Scientist and Adetoyi Adeyinka of V6 media had shared stories of how they found their paths from their undergraduate days and how they have managed obstacles while in school.

When asked one of the key takeaways from the SEA-talk, A 300L student of SLT, said she learnt that adding value to one’s self comes way before money. Another 500L student in the department of Earth Sciences, said he found Adetoyi Adeyinka’s story the most intriguing. “A student who has had issues with studying and schooling, finding a passion in filmmaking and excelling at it? That’s intriguing!”

The Keynote Speaker, Prof. Musa Aibinu, A professor of Mehatronics at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, had spoken on commercializing research and innovation and the need for acado-industrial synergy to drive economic growth in the country. He pointed out the academics serve major purpose-knowledge generation, knowledge dissemination and Knowledge application. He also cited examples of how FUTMinna had been trying to commercialise research and innovation by writing grants and visiting capable investors to fund various projects and making viable products out of research. He showcased two products worked by students of the university developed from project ideas.
The Second Speaker, Dr. Adele of the department of Management Sciences, explained the purpose of entrepreneurship and how strings of enterprises could accelerate industrialization and improve growth in the nation.

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Prof. Agbaje, member of LAUTECH governing council and the HOD of Pure and Applied Biology, LAUTECH, expressed his happiness over having events like SNC organized by a product of the university and encouraged students to take hold of these opportunities to be better persons and drive changes in the society.

Painting scenerios of what things were like in his undergraduate days and referring to one of the panelists who compared LAUTECH and UI in terms of ability to expression and communication, the Prof. said the system is degrading because students do not have a culture part of which is as a result of students having their residence off-campus. ‘Our students live with touts in town and there is no student culture to work with. I graduated as part of the first set of this institution and we had more interest in programs like this unlike these days when the hall is only filled up when there is a dance or disco event on campus’

He also pointed out that in order to solve the problem, the governing council is making plans to make the university fully residential.

Prof Aibinu, Adeniyi Ojikutu, Yinka Adewale, Bar. Adebayo Shittu and Tony Elumelu win SNC Famous Five Awards

Another highlight of the event was the awards presented to five persons who according to the organizer, Zubair Jafar, were not awarded because of favours or anything but because the organization deems them worthy and fit of the awards.

Yinka Adewale, the CEO of won the award for famous model entrepreneur, Bar. Shitu famous for ICT advocacy in the Public Sector, Adeniyi Ojikutu, famous for ICT advocacy in the private sector, Tony Elumelu as being the foremose Entrepreneurship development organization in Africa and Prof. Aibinu as the famous acado-industrial personality.

Prof. Aibinu, the only award recipient present could not contain his surprise and thanked the organisers for finding him worthy. The SNC team assured the audience the awards would get to the absent awardees.

Other highlights of the event included a session from an HR expert and executive director of Unicorn Capital, MR Abraham Durosawo who took students through major things to build to get the job of their dreams. Another session featured Oyinkanola Mayowa of Rethink Agriculture, Taslim Okunola, a program associate at Google, and Taofeeq Olalekan the co-founder of TrepLabs discuss skills and ideas for 21st century innovators and Job creators.

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