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Emerging Technologies and the Internet of all Things: Implications for Nigeria’s higher education curricular

OE Osuagwu, UF Eze, D Edebatu, S Okide, C Ndigwe, J-P Uzoma

Abstract


The quality of education and graduates emerging from a country’s  educational system is a catalyst for technology innovation and national development index. World class universities are showcasing their  innovations in science and technology because their high education  curricular put the future of Research and Development as their pillar for a brighter world. Our curricular in the higher education system needs a rethink, recasting to embrace innovation, design and production at the heart of what our new generation graduates should be. This article  discusses an array of such emerging technologies. Because emerging  technologies in all sectors are over 150. we had decided to select three key technologies from each sector for our sample questionnaire. A  questionnaire was distributed mainly to educational planners, Lecturers and managers of the industry for purposes of having a feel of how  knowledgeable these professionals are understanding developments in science technology and what plans they have to integrate these new knowledge domains so that educational planners can integrate them into the curricular of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in our tertiary institutions. Five research questions were posed with three null hypotheses tested. The findings are startling – our planners have just a handful knowledge of these developments in science and technology. Thus, it was concluded that part of problem with our educational systems does lie in this domain – the lack of robust exposure to the world of technology. However, it is aggreable that the curricular developed for our tertiary institutions are not balanced and therefore affects the quality of
graduates of Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. The paper recommended that the syllabi of courses run in our tertiary institutions should be re-visited, recast and unified with the future as key component of the new curricular for the good of Nigeria. It also recommended the removal of demotivators for researchers such as poor remuneration and consequent loss of dignity by improved remuneration comparable to those in advanced or  industrializing economies of the new world. Educational planners and teachers must be retrained regularly on the emerging technology trends to improve their skills in curriculum architecturing.



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