Center for Laboratory Skills Acquisition - Nigeia
Explain your idea in details:
Objective: The main objective of this idea is to provide a platform for Nigerian students and graduates to acquire research skills and hands-on exposure to laboratory techniques used in developed countries. It is my hope that through the program, Nigerian diplomas and graduates will be evaluated as being of worth and at par with that of developed countries. My dream is that through this program, every Nigerian graduate will have hands-on exposure to basic laboratory equipment. Participation in the trainings from the Center for Laboratory Skills Acquisition (CLSA) will be open to undergraduates (during their internship) and to graduates (during or after their NYSC). It will also be open to lecturers and professors who desire to acquire skills and certification on any equipment of choice. The center will also be open to graduate students who may want to conduct analyses wither by themselves or by sending the samples to the laboratory for analyses. The laboratory will also be open to international researchers and visitors who may desire training and or to conduct independent research using the facility. The facility shall be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for chemical, biochemical, biological, environmental and biotechnological analyses.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
As a measure of success, it is my expectation that in the first 5 to 10 years, the CLSA would have trained between 500-1000 Nigerians. The center would have gained international reputation and would have had international scholars who would conduct independent/ collaborative research with our graduates. It is my expectation that credentials from our institution would have stood out internationally as a mark of competence in research methodologies among Nigerians and Africans at large. I also expect to have had tertiary institutions who would collaborate with the CLSA for advanced research programs I also hope that the number of Nigerian graduate students who travel overseas for various analyses would have reduced significantly. I expect to have created more than 100 jobs directly and 1000 jobs indirectly via this establishment. It is my hope that graduates from our establishment would have gained employment both at local and international organizations/ firms or would have become competent enough to gain admission to advanced research programs in high ranking institutions globally.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Funding for this project will be from loans, venture capitalists, private funds and equipment manufacturers Strength and Opportunity At the moment, there is a dearth of state-of-the-art infrastructure for laboratory exposure for science and engineering students. A lot of Nigerian graduates are seen as half-baked. No tertiary institution can boast of being well equipped to international standards Most Nigerian institutions mandate their graduate students to travel to developed countries over a period of time in order to conduct advanced scientific analyses. This causes even the intelligent but non-affluent students to shy away from such graduate programs. Setting up this facility will not only provide opportunity for such people to advance their skills but will also provide an enabling environment for high quality research output, advanced research and international collaborative research. Weakness and Threat The project is capital intensive, Would need uninterrupted power supply but uninterrupted power supply shall be provided using wind turbines and solar panels, the structure will be built using mostly glass in order to exploit the ambience of natural lightning to reduce power usage. It may be too expensive for the average Nigerian without subsidization.
My name is Anyaduba Tochukwu Dubem. I am a 31 year old Nigerian with very strong belief that my country and in fact, any country can be developed if education is given due attention. I have a BSc in Microbiology (Nigeria) and MSc in Environmental Biotechnology (UK). I am also studying for another MSc in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, specializing in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science and Biorenewable Resources and Technologies (USA). I am an environmentalist with aptitude for interpretation of my theoretical knowledgebase into tangible development-centered projects and structures. My dream is to understand and teach science and engineering from inside-out and to focus on applied education. I have been to several developed countries and my greatest curiosity has been to understand what really makes their academia tick and how they have been so successful both towards infrastructural and economic development. My dream is to contribute to the development of my country, my continent and the world at large by giving education in Nigeria a meaning. My ideas are mostly at conceptual stage as most may need advanced resources and research for further development but they are dreams I hope to live and achieve before I retire. I hope to lay a strong foundation for generations-unborn; on which they can stand to bridge the gap between western education and Nigerian academic credentials. Please vote for me.