BILAAD REALTY SIGNS MOU WITH FUT MINNA
In furtherance of the company’s commitment to boost University-Industry relationship, Bilaad Realty has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
The brief signing ceremony took place on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Senate Chamber, Main Campus.
Speaking at the event, Prof. Bala expressed delight to Bilaad Realty for finding the University worthy of the partnership, adding that the partnership is more gratifying based on the fact that the founders of the company are alumni of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
“Usually, it is the University that goes out seeking for partnership with the industry but this time around, we are lucky that we are getting this partnership on a platter of gold. It is only possible because they are alumni of the University; and there cannot be anybody more passionate about the university than the alumni.
“I have had cause to interact with the leadership and membership of the FUTMinna Alumni. I have always reiterated the fact that I am not an alumnus of the University, though I have spent 30 years working for the University but the reality is that I do not have a single certificate bearing FUTMinna. So, I see myself as caretaker rather than anything else because sooner or later, many of us will gradually retire and leave the system. The alumni who have an unbroken umbilical cord with the University should think of giving back to their Alma Mater. That Bilaad Realty is giving back today is worthy of emulation. We have to thank you and appreciate you for this gesture,” Prof. Bala disclosed.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that he is always filled with pride whenever he sees Bilaad Estates and other business investments in Abuja because the company is owned by products of FUTMinna and they are good ambassadors of the University.
The University of Reading Alumnus further stated that the partnership with Bilaad Realty is a demonstration of the University Management’s efforts towards the actualization of the institution’s planned academic immersion programme under the Students Support Service, adding that the partnership would enable the University to foster closer relationship with the industries for the benefits of its students.
In addition, the VC said the core areas of the MoU are of utmost interest to the University in line with its core mandates of teaching, research and community service, while noting that effective community service cannot be achieved without reaching out to the community.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment towards ensuring that students continue to enjoy quality education and service in order to prepare them well for the highly competitive labour industry. He expressed joy that part of the MoU which has to do with SIWES would further address the problem of students not getting a better place for industrial attachment, adding that the University would be happy to know that when students are sent to Bilaad Realty for SIWES; they are in a serious place of business and would acquire more skills.
Equally important, the consummate scholar assured them that the University is highly committed to the tenets of the MoU and disclosed that the head of the Directorate of Collaborations, Affiliation and Linkages (DCAL) and the newly appointed Coordinator of the Students’ Support Service would work closely with Bilaad Realty.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Bilaad Realty, Mal. Aliyu Aliyu commended the University for believing in Bilaad Realty, which necessitated the opportunity to partner with the University. He expressed optimism that the MoU would enable them to give back to the University for making them who they are today.
The CEO disclosed that the partnership with FUTMinna would change the narrative of university-industry relations in Nigeria and serve as a model for other institutions to emulate. Further, he emphasized that the company would adhere to all the tenets of the MoU.
In his address at the event, the Chief Business and Strategy Officer of Bilaad Realty, Mal. Abdullahi Umar said the MoU is well packaged in view of the need to bridge the gap between the university and the industry, “For us, the university-industry collaborations goes beyond mere rhetoric; it stems from the fact that we want to give back to our Alma Mater.
The operationalization of the MoU would enable us prepare the students for industry needs before graduation through work-place exposure and industrial attachment placement so that they would learn contemporary skills needed to get jobs and survive in the highly competitive industry.”
He revealed that through the MoU, students in their final year can pick up a problem in the industry and research on it towards proffering solutions to the problem and that such research would be sponsored by the industry.
The Chief Business & Strategy Officer also stated that the MoU would enable them organize tailor-made programmes for professionals in order to provide a platform for continuous learning as well as inviting experts from the industry to take up some courses in the University.
The MoU covers the following areas; Students Industrial Work Experience (SIWES), internship, employment, holiday work placement and summer schools. Others include curriculum development, knowledge transfer and training opportunities, promotion of entrepreneurship (starts-up and spin-offs) and joint research collaboration.
Giving the vote of thanks, the Director of DCAL, Prof. Oyero thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his support and Bilaad Realty for choosing to partner with the University.