The University of Lagos has taken a bold step towards effectively managing students and their academic affairs as it organized training for Sub Deans, Course Advisers and Faculty Officers of the University.
The training was organized by the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Research) in collaboration with the Staff Training and Development Centre, held at Afe Babalola Hall, University of Lagos Sept. 7 and 8.
The theme of the training was “Ready, Set, Go! Empowerment for Effective Management of Students.”
Speaking during the training, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & Research), Professor Bola Oboh expressed that the training was set up to combat the challenges faced by the University in the area of Management, processing of results from departments and faculties, and the role of course advisers.
She expressed that students should be able to discuss matters about themselves, challenges and opportunities with their course advisers and academic mentors.
One of the facilitators of the seminar, Mrs Mopelola Ogunsakin, spoke on “Understanding Different Personalities & Students Behaviour,” saying students of the University are the number one customer, having diverse personality, and advising the participants never to expect students to behave the same way.
Participants were trained on ” Management Strategies for Adolescents,” where they were taught various challenges ranging from university students’ physical development to social development, as the majority of them are adolescents.
She enumerated strategies to manage the challenges as vocational guidance, active listening, and proper orientation among others.
Participants were also charged to properly process students’ results, as they were also taught key advising skills, such as listening, empathy, leadership, and sharing important tips for effective course/academic advising.
The Acting Registrar, Mrs Olakunle Makinde spoke on registration, deferment, extension of studentship, justification, withdrawal, inter/intra-faculty transfer, change of name, and conduct of examinations for visually impaired students among others.
Others spoke on policy on sexual and romantic relations policy, proper and improper conduct, emotional intelligence, effective communication between participants and students, and mentoring.
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