Covenant University Ota and software company, SAP Africa Limited, have launched a joint Corporate Masters Programme (CAP) for Master of Engineering in industrial and manufacturing.
SAP, according to its Director, Education for Africa, Mr. Johann Pretorius, said is a business enterprises solutions comprising of business solutions, mobile application, in-memory computer and cloud computer.
The programme, he said, would give professional development opportunities to students to have access to University Alliance community network, which has 44 universities, stressing that students would also have access to state-of-the-art software, career and certifications opportunities.
He made it known that those offering the course will have access to existing course materials as well as curriculum of other universities.
Additionally, they would have access to latest, rich curriculum database, teaching materials from SAP University Alliance.
The Masters programme, he said, runs for two years and for those that offered SAP would have additional qualification at the end of the course.
Mr. Pretorius noted that SAP was first launched in 2009 with three universities in Germany and now there are more SAP educated and certified resources in the market. He also said that the 4.5billion mobile carriers, is really a great platform for SAP to run on.
Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Prof. (Mrs) Aize Obayan, expressed delight over the partnership with SAP University Alliance, and in another deal with East Caroline University in their Global Understanding Initiative.
She emphasized on the fact that the institution has been an Autodesk Authorized Training and Certification Center in Nigeria since 2011.
So, SAP, she said, prides itself as the world largest enterprise application solution is tailored towards developing highly qualified graduate with critical skills for the 21st century workforce.
Prof. Obayan said, aside awarding an academic degree from Covenant University on completion of the programme, there would also be award of internationally recognized SAP consultant certificate from SAP Education.
Highlighting some of the importance of the programme, Dr. Bola Afolabi, the NNPC, SAP General Manger said it would produce graduates who would not find it difficult to be in the labour market as the demand for SAP certified graduates is on the increase, hence reason to replicate such in Nigeria
Dr. Afolabi affirmed the programme to be an internationally acclaimed solution which gives a global certification, that it is also a tool to unleashing the great potentials in Nigeria.
“Do not limit it to engineering alone” he said advising the school authority and SAP not to limit the course only to Engineering department alone since it will also be beneficial to other courses to derive optimum value.
Speaking also, chief executive officer, ServeConsult Ltd, Mr. Deola Adejuyigbe, who affirmed that leading organizations in the world run on systems application product, and introduced the course into the institution’s curriculum to give the students the opportunity to be part of the force to work towards replicating such in the country.
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