Accra, March 24, GNA
– The sixth International Science, Technology, Education, Arts, Management and
Social Sciences (iSTEAMS) Multidisciplinary cross-border conference to generate
intellectual and human capital development has opened in Accra.
The Conference which is under the theme “Promoting Technology Transfer and Innovation through inter-tertiary collaborations and intellectual competition” is aimed at fostering a good merger between technology and education, and inter-tertiary collaborations in areas of research.
Organised by the Research Nexus Africa Networks in collaboration with the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) the conference also seeks to generate intellectual and human capital development and cross border interaction among academic Institutions.
Professor Joshua Alabi, the Vice-Chancellor of the UPSA, commended the iSTEAMS team for hosting the conference in Ghana for the first time, adding that it was the beginning of a good collaboration between the institutions.
“The conference has come at a very opportune time in a dispensation where research and academic dynamics are becoming more collaborative“, he said.
“It is my fervent hope that objectives and cutting edge ideas of research generated by this august body would be effectively disseminated among policy makers and governments in the West African sub-region and beyond, to formulate smart policies for national development,” he added.
Prof Musa Isiyaku Ahmed, the Director, Computer Services and Information Technology, University of Ilorin, said ICT had revolutionised the tertiary sector of education in Nigeria.
He said ICT had encouraged the development of contextualised institutional e-learning platforms and other generic ICT based teaching and learning programmes.
He said digital technologies has brought about changes in teachers and students relationships as they learnt from each-other, thereby shifting teachers’ roles from providers of information to facilitators and guides to learning.
“With the advent of cloud-computing, the evolution of on-demand information technology services and products is fast growing.
“Such initiatives enhance the development of skills and share best practices for reducing operating cost, while improving quality and access to education.
“Many academicians and students in universities are now aware and familiar with the benefits and characteristics of cloud computing as an efficient teaching and learning tool,” he said.
Prof Ahmed said the University of Ilorin has adopted the integration if ICT in its teaching and learning process; stating that “in line with these changes, the University of Ilorin anticipated modernity and invested enormous amount of resources in a bid to integrate ICT into teaching and learning environment in a responsible and sustainable manner, adopting it as its core value”.
“This has indeed paid off handsomely as the university is now the most sought for, in joint admissions and matriculation examination in the last three years”, he added.
The iSTEAMS Conference presented several Awards of Excellence to personalities for their support and laudable contributions to iSTEAMS.
Prof Abdul Ganiyu, Vice Chancellor, Unilorin, and Prof Joshua Alabi, Vice Chancellor, UPSA picked up the Award of Excellence for contributions to multidisciplinary research and inter-tertiary collaborations.
Prof Clement K. Dzidonu, the President of the Accra Institute of Technology was given the Award of Excellence for contributions to Human Capital and Educational Development in Africa, while Prof Edward Santiago-Blas, Colorado State University was given an Award of Excellence for contributions to cross-border Academic Initiatives and Linkages.
Dr Hilda Vember, Nursing Department, Cape Pennisula University of Technology was given the Award of Excellence for contributions for human capital development in Nursing Sciences and Medical care.
The next edition of the Conference “iSTEAMS Business-Focused Multidisciplinary Innovations and Technology Transfer Conference would be held in Unilorin, Nigeria in September.