Authors: Michael Faborode, Thomas Lee, Ganiyu Aderounmu, Paul Gilbert
Published in: CSBE-SCGAB Technical Conferences » 5th CIGR and AGM Quebec City 2021 » Regular Sessions
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Description: To mitigate the challenges of lack of engineering capacity that forces Africa to rely heavily on foreign expertise in engineering and infrastructure development, as recent reviews reveal, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria established a knowledge park to bridge the wide chasm between knowledge vs practice and education vs industry. It focused on engineering innovation and design education to entrench "African regional innovation and knowledge perspectives, leveraging the creative and innovative capabilities of African youths and a localized engineering application paradigm (LEAP) developed by Quanser. The engineers trained and nurtured will be capable of recognizing, thinking, understand, and exploit the immense potentials of modern technology developments. The papers reports the conceptualization of the initiative and steps taken so far to build the critical laboratory infrastructure, design the appropriate matching curriculum and equip the core staff with knowledge and competencies to lead the program. The ultimate goal is to strengthen modern engineering design methodologies emerging from applications contexts such as IoT, autonomous systems, and industry 4.0 to accelerate advanced skills development to bring Africa into global innovation practice. We aim to build an acknowledged African center of excellence in transformational engineering design education (ACETDE), for practice-anchored intelligent systems to produce a critical mass of future teachers/instructors, and a new corps of smart engineering leaders to drive the vision of the "Africa we want".
Conference name: 5th CIGR International Conference and CSBE-SCGAB AGM 2021, Quebec City,QC, 11-14 May 2021.
Session name: Agriculture and Society 2
Publication type: Presentation
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering