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Vice-Chancellor Enjoins HR Professionals to address the Gap between Knowledge and Skills amongst Students

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Participants at the recently held launching ceremony of the Human Resource Educators’ Network (HREN), an online conference organized by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) have been urged to infuse new approaches into academics to get students prepared to take up the challenges of the industry, by exploring opportunities that will develop students skills as well as their preparedness for the workplace environment.

Professor Sudhakar Kota, the Vice-Chancellor of Skyline University Nigeria (SUN), gave this advice on Wednesday, 25th November 2020, during his presentation titled ‘Redefining HR Practice, Corporate and Academic Perspectives in the New Normal’, an online HREN conference, where he was a guest speaker. Prof. Kota pointed out that academic learning outcomes have to based on hands-on experience, to build in students more practical way of learning.

While stating that there is a lot of corporate and academic perspective in the new normal, which can be defined in terms of the students going to the industries and gaining firsthand experience, Prof. Kota noted that students should be allowed to write case studies, so that gradually, their awareness to industry practices can be more clearer to them and their adaptability to the new COVID scenario is possible.

"Overall, the corporate and academic perspectives will have to work hand in hand to come up with a comprehensive collaboration to develop the right kind of human resource and personnel required for the industries in which the universities can match up with, in a more conducive manner.”

Earlier in his opening remark, Dr. Adediran Olawale Taofeek, the President and Chairman of Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, described the Vice-Chancellor as an erudite scholar with proven competence in the field of education, consultancy and Quality Assurance that is worth learning from. He thanked Prof. Kota for honouring the invitation to speak at the online conference.