His Excellency, Dr. Fahad Obaid Al Taffaq, the United Arab Emirate (UAE’s) Ambassador to Nigeria, and the guest speaker at the recent CEO Lecture Series organized by the Corporate Affairs Department of Skyline University Nigeria (SUN), has advised participants to constantly upgrade their professional knowledge and skills in light of current developments in climate change. He gave this message recently while delivering an online lecture titled ‘UAE’s Commitment to Sustainability in Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change through Economic Diversification’
He defined climate change as a broad range of global phenomena created predominantly by burning fossil fuels, which add heat-trapping gases to the earth’s atmosphere. He highlighted the phenomena to include increased temperature trends, described by global warming, but also encompass changes such as sea-level rise; ice mass loses in Greenland, Antarctica, or arctic and mountain glaciers worldwide; shift in flower/plant blooming as well as extreme weather events.
The Guest Lecturer stated that digital technologies and artificial intelligence, predominant in the 20th century had the potential to tackle some of the world's societal problems, such as climate change. According to him, ICT's emergence especially in economic diversifications was changing the landscape, and its impact was far-reaching in all sectors of the economy.
Mr. Kamal Puri, the Chairman & Founder of Skyline University Nigeria, while delivering a speech, emphasized that there is a big shift in the economy of the world, called the new economy after COVID-19 in which technology is playing a very important role in advancing education. “Education is growing and skill will take over knowledge. When we look into that, there is a lot of innovation coming into the industry and artificial intelligence will augment reality. Hence, we have to regularly update ourselves in training and education”, Mr. Puri advised.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Professor Sudhakar Kota, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, appreciated the Guest Lecturer for honouring the invitation to speak in the CEO Lecturer Series of the university. He added that the Guest Lecture Series was set aside to promote literacy and exposure to the students of Skyline University Nigeria, in terms of enhancing their research interest and other activities that can enhance learning and teaching amongst the students.
Mr. Nitin Anand, the University’s Pro-Chancellor, in his closing remarks, expressed appreciation to the Guest Speaker and thanked Engr. Bashir Garba, the Head of Corporate Affairs Department of the university for coordinating the event. He also appreciated all those who contributed to the success of the event.