NEWS UPDATE - 2ND TASUED-UCC 2016 INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE STARTS IN GRAND STYLE

The second edition of Tai Solarin University of Education and the University of Cape Coast, Ghana interdisciplinary conference kicked-off with the opening ceremony held at the main campus of the host University, TASUED, Nigeria. The conference has as its theme "Integration, Innovation and Technology Education for Global Development". In his opening address, the Chairman of the occasion, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of TASUED, Prof Olufemi Bamiro advocated for a paradigm shift in the education policies and implementation that would recognise the use of innovative technology tool in the delivery of education as service to the citizens both in the content and pedagogy.

He opined that impacting qualitative education can no longer be achieved through the traditional idea of an instructor-led approach to teaching , "the use of the Learning Management System (LMS) platform over the mobile devices can be integrated to deliver course contents in a refined pedagogical way and the computer bases testing (CBT) deployed for assessing performance", he added.

In her address, the Ogun state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota challenged participants at the conference to re-write the history of the African Continent through ingenuity in the African ivory towers. She noted that regional and continental collaboration would speedily take Africa to the expected great heights. "Technology has become an integral part of every part of every human endeavour. It is a panacea to our past, present and future challenges and if we get it right, it has to be properly infused into the curriculum of every field of endeavour" she noted.

While delivering the keynote address, Prof. Joel B. Babalola observed that Nigeria needed to invest more in education in terms of research, innovation and technology.

He further challenged African nations to improve their indigenous culture, most especially language and ways of life in order not to go in extinction.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Chief host, Vice chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade, observed that to be proudly Africans, cognaisance must be given to cross-fertilisation of ideas across the globe and if this must be achieved, there must be collaboration among educational institutions across the globe.

Other dignitaries at the conference include the representative Minister for Education, Ghana, Dr. Augustine Taiwiah, who doubled as the Executive Secretary, National Teacher Council, Ghana. Representative from Pan-African University, Port-Novo, Benin Republic, Dr. Kofo Sodo and former Deputy Governing of Ekiti State ,Prof. Modupe Adelabu.