By Laju Iren
THE education system always suffers when town and gown don’t interact. When students in the nation’s ivory towers do not have first hand knowledge of what goes on in the work force, they are not well equipped to contribute to the economy after graduation.
This is why many companies have to train and retrain their staff after employment. However, LG Electronics is showing that not only can companies be proactive by training undergraduates, they can also play their parts in revolutionizing the education system through scholarship grants.
Ayeni Moses, a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Lagos, knows this all too well. A recipient of LG’s Scholarship Scheme to Engineering students, he told Glamtech: “When I heard that I had been selected as one of the 10 beneficiaries of the LG Scholarship Scheme to Engineering students, I was overjoyed.
The scholarship grant from LG Electronics had a positive impact on my life; I used it basically to fund the course project I was working on at that material point in time, which was on “Renewable Energy Powered Refrigerator”; and I must admit that the scheme supported me in expanding my robotics skills; the fund made it a lot easier for me to work on the project.
For Olabiyi Samuel, a 25 year old graduate of Systems Engineering from University of Lagos, the scholarship grant from LG Electronics could not have come at a better time as he was able to harness it in advancing his studies.
For two consecutive years he made the list of awardees for the scholarship program. His words: “I am privileged to be one of the beneficiaries of the LG scholarship scheme. A wonderful initiative, I must confess, which is based purely on merit.”
In line with its drive to immensely contribute to raising the standard of education in Nigeria, LG Electronics has continued to create the enabling environment for students by giving grants to deserving students who have distinguished themselves among their peers. This is designed to promote healthy competition among students.
Another beneficiary, Akin-Adeniyi James said his joy knew no bounds as he was listed among the students to benefit from LG’s scholarship. In his words: “Personally as a student I was able to get several things needed for my studies. Interestingly then, I was working on a course project at the time which required a lot of money which was not forthcoming not until the scholarship from LG Electronics; it was such a great relief for me.
Also commenting on the scholarship award, Anih John Tochukwu, a 500 level student of Systems Engineering Department, University of Lagos, commended LG Electronics for the unique initiative. Kadiri Damilola, a 500 level student of the department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, said the scholarship came at a time he was in dire need of money to finance a project he was working on. It helped to hasten the work on his project and expressed his appreciation to the electronics giant, LG Electronics.
The scholarship scheme which is in its fourth year is conducted annually by LG as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities with the sole aim of empowering young people as well as developing the educational sector, ensuring that youths who are the future leaders are adequately empowered with the required funds and assistance to enable them achieve their dreams and aspirations.