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Massachusetts Institute of Technology meets Akwa Ibom State University

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On Friday, the 2nd of February 2018, the management of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU), under the able leadership of Prof. Eno J. Ibanga facilitated a Students' Academic Seminar where a scholar from world renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the person of Prof. Ademola Taiwo was the Guest speaker. 

The Vice Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, in his opening remarks, challenged the student to tap into the abundant wealth of wisdom in the Guest speaker, recalling that in their hay days in the University of Ife, Prof. Ademola apart from just being his class mate, was a very close friend and a source of positive motivation. Both of them, along with other members of his class, decided to toe the path of hard work and today, most of their classmate are busy creating waves in various places in the world.

Prof. Eno Ibanga informed the students’ community that throughout the rest of his tenure in the University, he has a lineup of great men and women that will be coming to address and interact with them in various aspects of their careers and profession at regular intervals. He went further to state that he will continue to ensure that AKSU students are exposed to world class information that are all geared to helping them make wise/excellent career decisions, overcome the challenges/limitations of their environment and aspire to reach the sky.

A cross section of management staff of Akwa Ibom State University

Prof. Ademola while talking to the student of AKSU, reminded them that they are basically three (3) types of people that live in the society and these are the Motivators, the Innovators and the Idiots. He submitted to the students that they must “equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible, as their current skill set will not be adequate to carry you through the next 30 years”.

“Lifelong learning is a prerequisite to being productive in a high tech-driven global economy, those who refuse to learn will be left behind purposeless and unemployed. Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education; because that would mean we had stopped growing”.

Highlight of the seminar was a Question and Answer session where graduating students of the University took to the floor to bare their minds, make contributions and ask questions. While responding to the questions posed by some students, Prof. Taiwo was full of praise at the soundness of their questions describing them as 'apt'.

More pictures when you continue... 


Prof. Ademola Taiwo (standing)


A cross section of attendees 

The Head, Department of Chemistry, Dr. Emmanuel Ukpong (2nd left) flanked by other staff of the University


The audience...



The Vice-Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University


The applause kept coming...


Question and Answer session with AKSU students



The grind your have on your face when you know you have All what it takes...



The Dean of the faculty of Natural and Applied Science, Prof. (Mrs) Veronica Umoh offered the closing remarks, while the Dean of Engineering – Prof. Edem Akpan offered the vote of thanks. 

Prof. Edem briefly took the students back to memory lane where he recalled that in their days as students, they did their night study using the likes of kerosene lanterns and candles among others. He noted that AKSU has one of the best study-friendly environments one can find, part of the reasons he said, made him to leave the University where he worked and relocate to AKSU. He reasoned that AKSU students therefore, have no reason not to succeed.
Prof. Veronica Umoh makes her closing remarks
With a reinvigorated student morale, refocused sense of direction and a closing prayer by the Director of GSS unit, the Academic Seminar came to a close at 1.35pm.

To access Prof. Ademola Taiwo's seminar manuscript, click here.
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Post Script:
MIT is considered to be one of the top colleges in the US. It was ranked as the second best college country-wide in 2016. The school has produced some of the most successful individuals the world has ever seen. Some of the MIT notable greats include:

- Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke earned his PhD. in economics at MIT in 1979.

Ben Bernanke

- Before becoming the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan earned his Masters of Science in 1972.

Koffi Annan

- Astronaut Edwin Aldrin turned down a scholarship to MIT as an undergrad but later returned where he earned a doctorate in astronautics in 1963. His dissertation is entitled, "Line-of-sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous."
Edwin Aldrin
 - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took on double and triple course loads at school while simultaneously enlisted in the Israeli army. Netanyahu earned his bachelors in architecture in just 2.5 years, and earned his masters a year later in 1976.
Benjamin Netanyahu
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