“We want to do something innovative by assisting our undergraduates get relevant placements for their Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)”.
These were the words of Acting Director, SIWES Unit, FUO, Dr. Akens Hamilton – Amachree in a chat with FUO Media.
Dr. Akens said the Scheme is presently designed for only eligible 300 level students in the Faculty of Science disclosing that 113 out of 131 students have collected their placement letter for the exercise.
The Acting Director further mentioned that the individual training proposed for April to October 2015 will serve as the only course for the second semester with allocated 15 credit units.
She reiterated that the desire of the Unit to source for placement is to ensure that the essence of the Scheme which is to bridge the gap between theory and practice is achieved and that students are discouraged from going for monetary gains.
“We are careful with their placement because SIWES is bridging the gap between theory and practice” she said.
Reacting to efforts made so far, she said the Unit has recorded a great level of success as some unit members have been trained, an operational office provided while, a separate account and web page are soon to be provided in conformity with NUC requirement.
Dr. Akens also said that students are happy with the Unit following its efforts to get placements for those of them residing in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers State.
She expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko and other management staff for their support, while expressing optimism that all required for the Unit to meet NUC approval will be provide.
The unit head also thanked members of the unit for their efforts so far urging them not to relent in their quest to work as a team.
Reacting to the development, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko said Management has constituted the unit and expects them to do their best to ensure that student proceed on the exercise, adding that Management will be happy to see the students partake in the scheme.
“We are looking forward to seeing our students going for their industrial training” VC said.
SIWES FUO is working in conjunction with programme coordinators from the Faculty of Science, they include: Mr Babatunde Ogunyemi for Chemistry, Ms. Eneni Mercy Roberts for Microbiology and Mr. Babatunde Ilesanmi for Biochemistry Programme.
Others are Mr. Larry Godwin for Computer Science/Informatics, Dr. Ohakwe Johnson for Mathematics/Statistics while Dr. Ibe Stephen is for Physics with Electronics/Power Programme.