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Sahara Group, UNILAG Collaborate on Sustainability, Global Competitiveness

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Leading vitality and infrastructure conglomerate, Sahara Group, has introduced the institution of the Sahara School of Innovation and Extrapreneurship on the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka to function a platform for selling innovations and options that may facilitate sustainable improvement and world competitiveness in Africa.

An announcement by the Head, Corporate Communications, Sahara Group Limited, Mr. Bethel Obioma, quoted the Director, Governance and Sustainability at Sahara Group, Ejiro Gray, as saying that Sahara would collaborate with UNILAG to make the varsity a world class facility that may proffer options to future challenges in the present day, with emphasis on areas like the way forward for vitality, entrepreneurship, information science, digital arts and tradition, synthetic intelligence and robotics and fintech, amongst others.

According to the assertion, the sod-turning ceremony of the proposed college held on Friday, October 28, 2022. 

“This mission reinforces our dedication to giving again at all times and serves as one among Sahara Group’s contributions in the direction of constructing a formidable legacy for sustainable improvement. For over 26 years, innovation and extraprenuership have pushed Sahara’s development throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. 

“We are confident that working with the University of Lagos, a foremost institution of global repute, the school would deliver sustainable value for the benefit of Africa and the world at large,” the assertion quoted Gray, whose directorate would drive the mission, as saying.

It stated that the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, counseled the Sahara Group for the initiative, stating that it’s significantly gladdening that the drivers of the mission are alumni of the college from completely different schools, who’ve by their achievements, individually and collectively, demonstrated to the world the standard of UNILAG merchandise.  

He famous that the Sahara Group School of Innovation and Extrapreneurship mission hallmarks the repositioning of UNILAG as a “University of The Future”, a imaginative and prescient that has formed its pursuits over the past 5 years and informs its sixtieth anniversary theme: [email protected]: Eyes on the Future.

“We, at the University of Lagos are committed to building on our heritage of excellence to continue to produce graduates that are locally relevant and  globally-competitive as the alumni before us today. We aim to instill in our students, more than ever, the culture of innovation, entrepreneurship,” the assertion quoted the VC as saying

Gray stated a timeline of 24 months has been set for the completion of the mission with clear sustainability indices by way of seamless upkeep, inclusiveness, transparency, relevance and scalability of modules/innovations, entry to strategic/monetary advisory and collaboration for regional and world affect.

She additionally introduced the launch of the Sahara Scholar Award geared toward “energising excellence” by way of rewards to college college students with excellent efficiency in choose disciplines. The Sahara Scholar Award will begin from the University of Lagos as a pilot scheme, and progressively increase in scope throughout Africa.

“The unique thing about the first phase of the Sahara Scholar Award is that it is wholly funded by the Group Executive Directors of the Sahara Group as a way of giving back to the University of Lagos where most of them received their university education and some also had parents who taught at the university. The award will be N1 million yearly for each category, including provision for annual sponsorship of exchange programmes for lecturers within Africa,” she added.

Categories beneath the Sahara Scholar Award embrace one-off prizes for 26 excellent college students to mark Sahara Group’s twenty sixth anniversary, Temitope Shonubi prize for Best Improved Student in Architecture, Moroti Adedoyin-Adeyinka Prize for Best Graduating Student in Economics, Wale Ajibade Prize for Best Improved Student in Economics, Ade Odunsi Prize for Best Student in Finance, and Kola Adesina Prize for Best Graduating Student in Business Management.

Others are: Dr. Folashodun Shonubi Prize for Best Graduating Student in Mechanical Engineering, Zacchaeus Odunsi Prize for Best Entry Level Student in Civil Engineering, Mr. Adegoke Adeniji Prize for Best Graduating Student in Library and Information Science, Dr. John Falegan Prize for Best Graduating Student in Insurance and Actuarial Science, Asharami Prize for Best AI/Fintech invention and Sahara Group Prize for Best Entrepreneurial Dissertation in Architecture, Engineering, and Economics.

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