NEXUS OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA
Lagos State Polytechnic (NIGERIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The Nigeria technology development is presently confronted with myriads of problems which has imparted negatively on the socio-economic devepment of the nation. This paper identifies among others, poor technical skill acquisition as a huge factor. Nigeria's present poor infrastructural state is traceable to lack of sound indigenous manpower to harness her resources for optimal economic development. The paper examines the problems of vocational training and the current undergraduate engineering education and observed a disconnet in both programmes curricula in addressing technological growth. The study also shows that larger percentage of artisans, technicians and craftsmen who mostly engage in maintenance and repair services are not properly trained, certified and coordinated, while those trained in the undergraduate engineering curriculum to become engineer had the basic theoretical knowledge, but lack requiste skill to handle the challenges of the industrial sector. The paper concludes that, the observed disconnect between the vocational technical training and undergraduate education should be harmonised. A suggested curriculum model is also presented to confront the present poor state of technological growth in Nigeria in her quest to develop her economy.
Keywords: Nexus, Vocational Training, Engineering Education, Skill, Infrastructure, Economy.