CCU partners Enugu govt on vocational training, SME development


By Collins Azu

The fastest growing university in Africa, Coal City University Enugu has partnered with the Enugu State Government to train students and other interested members of the public on Small and Medium Enterprises so as to equipping them with relevant entrepreneurial skills required to stay afloat in otherwise sinking economy.

Speaking on behalf of the Enugu State Government, Hon Arinze Chilo Offia, the Special Assistant to the State Governor on SME and Investment Promotion explained that the partnership with Coal City University Enugu was informed by the quality education the University offers, its international recognition and International Pathway Programme which awards two degrees one from the home institution and the other from the affiliating Delaware State University.

It could be recalled that the Coal City University in its internationalisation drive had signed Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the Delaware State University. 

"The MoU offers students the opportunity to enroll in its international pathway programme wherein on graduation, students are awarded two degrees one from Coal City University, Enugu and one from the Delaware State University, USA."

Hon Offia pointed out that the Coal City University Entrepreneurship and Employability Centre has also played a major role in equipping students practical knowledge especially in the area of vocational training.

While giving insights on the buy-in of the training, he noted "on completion of the training, participants can access loan opportunities for businesses  which is available to students".

Offia further revealed that the training program is not only anchored by the Enugu State Government, but also partners with other reputable firms in other to subsidize the fees for the acquisition of the skills.

According to him, there is a payment plan of a year after the training. 
On the areas covered by the training, the SA said "refurbishing of cars, Tech programming, fashion design and catering" adding "the advantage of the Enugu State SME is that after the training there is an opportunity of retaining about 100 of the brightest students with these firms".

But the Dean Students Affairs of Coal City University, Mr. Ifeanyi Arthur Onyia speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, distinguished Professor Afam Icha-Ituma, maintained that the university is totally committed to the transformation of students both morally, academically, spiritually and entrepreneurially, which explains why all avenues necessary for achieving the purpose, part of which is the vocal training program, is explored.

Mr. Onyia insisted that university as a world class institution is committed to excellence.

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