Skyline University Nigeria


Guest Lecture Series: Political Science Department hosts Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO

The Department of Political Science at Skyline University Nigeria (SUN) has hosted the Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France, Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Hajo Sani OON, for its guest lecture series. The event was conducted on the 26th of April, 2024, virtually.

In his opening remarks, the Head of the Department of Political Science at SUN, Mr. Farid Illo, said the choice of inviting Her Excellency Dr. Sani was intentional. He said her wealth of experience is needed to boost the optimism of students studying courses that have aspects of international engagement. He then admitted that the students need role models and mentors like her so that they can realize their dreams.

During the session, Her Excellency Dr. Sani explored the topic ‘Working with UNESCO: Insights and Perspectives’. She highlighted the main function of UNESCO in the world alongside her roles. She said the agency has five program sectors within its operations: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture and communication and information sector.

She said engaging with UNESCO was a different experience for her. “It wasn’t easy at all. Coming to France has challenges like the language barrier and getting to understand the system. I had to do extra reading and enter classes so that I could become acquainted with the system,” she said.

She advised the students to always take their time to understand the workings of systems so that they could function efficiently. She added that UNESCO talks about issues around communication, freedom and the safety of journalists, among others. As undergraduate students who aspire to work with UNESCO or other related bodies, “it is best to begin training in a second language early enough alongside the pursuit of a degree program.”

She also admitted that UNESCO only employs people with master’s degrees because of the intense competition involved. Ambassador Dr. Sani then explained that UNESCO employs people through internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students who would like to gain experience and the Young Professional Program (YPP) for those below 32 years of age and possessing 2 years of experience.

Amb. Dr. Sani expressed her satisfaction with the brilliance exuded by the students. She advised them to always aspire.

In her closing remarks, Dr. Sudha Mavuri, the Dean of the School of Arts, Social and Management Sciences (SAMSS), appreciated the ambassador for gracing the session. She said the guest speaker has touched on critical areas that will be beneficial to the students.