The African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja in its bid to enhance the efficiency of the Nigerian work force, organized a three-day intensive training on “Driving Competitive Advantage Through Innovative Knowledge Management Practices”
The training which attracted thirty four participants made up of information practitioners, librarians, corporate managers, entrepreneurs, civil servants, post graduate students and other business stake holders from Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Baze University, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, National Agency For Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Federal University Lokoja, University of Jos, Clip Projects Network, ECOWAS Parliament and two online participants commenced on Monday, July 18 and ended on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
In her opening remarks, the desk officer of the training program and Head, Library Services of the African University of Science and Technology, Mrs Onyebuchi Ekpolomo stated that this training was put together to equip workers with skills on the best way to manage knowledge accumulation, storing and sharing so as to improve the efficiency of their practices in their respective organizations and hence drive competitiveness.
In her words “It often refers to training and learning in an organization or of its customers and consists of a cycle of creating, sharing, structuring, and auditing knowledge to maximize the effectiveness of an organization’s collective expertise”
In his welcome address, the Acting President of the university, Professor Azikiwe Peter Onwualu, FAS, thanked the participants for finding this training worthy of their participation. He urged them to take the training serious, maintaining that making knowledge management a significant part of a organization's leadership approach produces a more streamlined workforce with faster on-boarding and well-informed staff that provide a better experience for customers.
He stressed that in this globalized world where technology strives, the work force in any organization must learn how to effectively manage knowledge practices so as to remain relevant in the competitive economy we find ourselves.
Professor Onwualu urged them to get acquainted with other short courses being offered by the university as no knowledge acquired is in vain. He wished the participants and facilitators exciting moment here in AUST and commended Mrs Buchi Ekpolomo for her untiring efforts in organizing this training program.
The participants were trained on the concepts, theories and models of knowledge management for organizations, pro-quest and knowledge sharing, innovative knowledge management practices for the actualization of competitive advantage, case for institutionalization and implementation of knowledge programs in organizations and emerging digital competences for knowledge management, research support, preservation and retrieval of data among others.
Accordingly, renowned resource persons like Mrs Akunna Stella, Dr Kingsley Igwe, Mr. George Berkhout, Professor Stephen Akintunde and Mr. Bisi Ajibola trained the participants during the training period with Mrs. Ene Ogbe of Eco Academics and Publishing Ltd as consultant.
It would be noted that AUST has recently introduced more than 50 short courses for the public including: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Project Management, Data Sciences, Waste Management Technology, Management of Healthcare Institutions, etc. For more information on the available short courses being offered by the university, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website: www.aust.edu.ng.
These Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses are being hosted under the auspices of AUSTInspire Innovation Hub, the entrepreneurship and innovation arm of the university with support from African Development Bank (AfDB) and Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), a World Bank initiative managed by International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology(icipe), Nairobi, Kenya. Through the support from AfDB, AUSTInspire Hub is being set up with Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), Lagos as a consultant.