UNITAR Offers Lots of Course Options to Participants in Online Training Programmes


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United Nations has launched an online training programme, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), offering online training courses in international trade, financial management and intellectual property. Finance and trade professionals and officials, belonging to developing and least developed countries and economies, can take part in the training programme.

More than 10,000 officials especially from developing countries have benefitted from these courses since the inception of online courses in 2003. Officials and professionals have golden opportunities to become a trainee with UN through its new online training programme, UNITAR.

Until now, United Nations has been concerned with maintaining peace, generating employment and ensuring health programmes around the world, but the organization is now promoting training and research programmes too.


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United Nations Institute for Training and Research is committed to provide pioneering e-learning courses by imminent experts in an interactive and flexible manner. These e-learning courses let professionals and officials interact with other participants, exchange ideas, and resolve queries through the facilitators from different backgrounds. International experts with thorough understanding of modern issues and challenges are involved in moderation of each course. The real-time experiences of experts let participants expand pragmatic and relevant insights on the modern subject issues.

Though UNITAR has been introduced this year, 2014, itself, it has already covered the level of ground work. The highly advanced online training programmes, created by notable educationists, are testimony to this fact. Each of the courses is designed to promote valuable interaction among the participants and retain their interest throughout. In fact, the training courses aim to offer participants clear picture of the real-time challenges in just 6 weeks of time, after which successful participants are given a certificate of completion from UNITAR.

Increase in the number of online courses in Sub-Saharan Africa

When it comes to popularity and rise in demands of online courses and training programmes, Sub-Saharan African countries are no less than their counterparts in other part of the world. Over the past 5 years, an increase of 390 percent in the number of online courses has been recorded across the Sub-Saharan African region. Out of all, more than 30 percent of beneficiaries come from Africa, 24 percent from Asia Pacific, whereas Latin America and the Caribbean share 14 percent. More than 25,000 participants every year benefit from the training and capacity development activities.

Highly sought-after online training courses from UNITAR

For the current academic calendar, some highly sought-after courses have been included. These courses include Financial Negotiation, Financial Governance/Management, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Risk Management, Trade and Intellectual Property, and Debt Management and Poverty Reduction, as well.

How will UNITAR help prospective participants from Nigeria?

As the United Nations Institute for Training and Research is basically aimed to provide quality training and research programmes to the developing and least developed economies, it is going to be of great help to the Nigerian students looking for ways and means to gain credible certificates to join in the big corporations. With some highly popular courses in the list, Nigerian students will surely find it appealing and useful to receive certificate of completion from UNITAR.

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Nigeria is exploring e-learning Possibilities with Growing Number of e-learning Initiatives


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Nigeria is witnessing a group of e-learning initiatives in recent times. And the latest inclusion is Passnownow. It is a new e-learning community app that is targeted at Nigerian teenagers and secondary school students, launched in Lagos.

This app will help to connect learners remotely to their notes on all subjects, past questions, exam revisions, school forum, chat room, and on news on technology, sports, entertainment, sex education and more.

As the chief executive officer of Rise Networks, Toyosi Akerele, the creators of Passnownow, expressed it, the future of education is mobile and children do not have to be confined to physical spaces for effective learning.

Intel Initiative

Among other e-learning initiatives in Nigeria, there is Intel’s partnership with Safaricom , an e-learning initiative that aims at promoting use of computers among primary and secondary schools in Kenya. The main target of this platform is, reportedly, to use the cutting edge technology in improving educational standards among school going children between 9-18 years. The methods of this e-learning venture will be “explore, play learn the fun safe way”. The project’s vision will be to help young ones use computers for learning equipment, like entertainment tool, but in a safe and protected way from inappropriate content.


The establishment of online tutoring platform like Tutor.NG has started a new era in e-learning in the country. This platform provides technology for tutors to transform any environment into a learning space. It is actually a massive system that provides everything teachers need for teaching online, like virtual classroom, tools to create and deliver courses with assessment measures, compliances to work with different document format such as doc, pdf, ppt, and so on.


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A New Style in Teaching

Educators are quite optimistic with the launching of Tutor.NG. They think that this platform will bring revolutionary measures in teaching learning methods.  The Co-founder of Tutor.NG says, “We are extremely excited to launch this platform, online tutoring solves the problem of learning beyond the classrooms and also create employment where smart and versatile graduates can become self employed by teaching online and make a living for themselves, also with the increase in internet availability and affordable computer/mobile devices, student and teachers can now do more meaningful things with their data package”.

More Open and Receptive Teaching

 With initiative like this, learning providers can easily save cost on their technical infrastructure and thereby conduct online seminars, deliver training and lectures. There are a number of collaborative partners from different locations to help build such incredible thing. This remarkable platform will help its users to monetise about what they know and are ready to teach. Similarly, content owners will now have the platform to express their creativity without having to worry much about IT infrastructure.

Some Latest Tools with Tutor.NG

Some of the features of Tutor.NG platform is White Board that tutor can use to illustrate, annotate and demonstrate the key points, Live Video Sessions, Live session Recording, Real Time Virtual Classroom, Content Creation, User Management etc.

The growth of e-learning initiatives in Nigeria is really incredible in growth. It seems Nigeria’s educational setbacks can be finally overcome with the large e-learning initiatives and their benefits.

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Future Prospects of Business Management Programmes for African Students are High


Africa is no more counted among those destinations where education is a failure. Instead, it’s reality that plenty of nations in Africa have put a lot of pace in their educational strategies over the past few years. Even big initiatives have been taken by governments of several African nations that can speed up their employment growth and create opportunities for all those who are jobless. Despite, experts think that the business schools in Africa must take some more initiatives to ensure quality education for those who have been aspiring to secure managerial jobs.

Business schools will encourage no fly-in-fly-out methods

As per data released by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), about 5,490 tests have already been taken in regions throughout Africa during the session 2012-13. Although the figures were a little lower than those in Latin America and Canada, they exceeded Eastern Europe.

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Although a few business schools have been able to collaborate well with some renowned ones throughout the globe, academicians still seem to be sceptical not only with the quality of the curricula but also with the style of delivering management courses. Business schools abroad aiming to enhance the demand for business management courses in Africa through settlements have been criticised for adopting fly-in-fly-out methods that were absolute inefficient to deliver curriculums.

It’s high time to deploy youthful energies

As per experts, Africa must now start deploying their most youthful energies that can energise their future populations with the management capacity, essential for growth. So, instead of seeking for qualitative management capacity for the overseas schools, it would be more affordable if the African business leaders and other business groups collaborate to endow renowned business management schools throughout the continent.

Equal participation from the government is also expected. What it means is that the National Universities Commission (NUC) must ensure that the curricula followed by the universities for MBA and other business education programmes must be reviewed constantly. This would therefore ensure that the delivery and content of such curricula would meet the needs and wants of the business community. Moreover, the business groups in the country must have practical approaches that would help them handle issues in regard to the importance and content of local business management courses.

Go Green in the City

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Recently, a total of 725 students registered for 2014 edition of Go Green in the City where students primarily came from Nigeria. President of Schneider Electric in Africa, Mohammed Saad said, “The young generation in Africa is increasingly aware of the mounting electricity and energy needs which go hand in hand with social progress and environmental protection.” The challenge is related to not only producing more electricity but also in generating smarter strategies that can encourage intelligent growth in Africa.

What’s been the biggest news is that Nigeria now is counted among those African nations with the highest population of internet users that have reached over 4 million today. Probably, this has made several academic institutions in Africa collaborate with UK universities that have enhanced the enrolment rates for online MBA courses in the recent years.

So, it’s crystal clear that all those African students who have always dreamt of earning a UK MBA degree online can now make their dream come true by enrolling from any corner of the world they wish. With this incredible initiative, completing higher studies in business management from anywhere in Africa will never be an issue for them.

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Nigeria is Ready to Endorse and Embrace Popular E-Learning Tool

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The education system of Nigeria is changing radically. With the advent of technology, the ever rising demand of online education is being felt throughout the region. A large number of e-learning solution providers have found huge prospects across the country. Consequently, more and more e-learning providers have come up with the idea of exploring technology tools to boost global competitiveness.

Nigeria endorses a major e-learning software tool that is designed to encourage local content in Nigeria’s software development.

The BrainFriend e-learning and examination preparatory software from CINFORES have been endorsed by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education (FME) as a tool to enhance the teaching and learning methods in local schools in Nigeria.

Over the years, the CINFORES Limited, a native software provider, has come up with a number of educational solutions that include the electronic scholarship management information system and eCampus.

The BrainFriend software was endorsed by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) only after due assessment.

Jachi Briggs, the Business Development Manager at CINFORES Limited, said that endorsement from Nigerian Federal Ministry of Education was a milestone and landmark move.

She added that authentication from public further proved the software met the requisites for an advanced e-learning tool, which would help the education sector in Nigeria develop at all the fronts.

The BrainFriend software is approved and certified by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

This endorsement supports the policy of agency to test and ensure the locally developed software’s quality, so they could meet the requisite global standards.

If used consistently by teachers or students, the e-learning tool is supposed to guarantee excellent results.

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The 2013 edition of software already features more than 50000 questions, answers and explanations covering over 40 subjects.

The BrainFriend software is compatible with mobile devices and brilliantly runs on Android. The iOS and Windows Mobile versions of the software were released at the end of Q2 2013.

As a growing and developing nation, Nigeria can only meet up with other global economies in the near future if their education system is developed to embrace e-learning as a method to achieve the global standards.

The e-learning tools like BrainFriend and others are set to redefine education in Nigeria. The classrooms are no longer distinguished by brick walls rather students have the facility to interact with educators even from the comfort zone of their houses.

As Nigeria is looking forward to bring a change in its education system, millions of prospective learners are going to benefit from the endorsement of e-learning tools by Federal Ministry of Education in the country.

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Is Nigeria Indeed Capitalising Entrepreneurial Prospects for its Youth?

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To rise with prosperity, Nigerian education sector must have to encourage applied aspects of learning, so that learners can materialise their learning into successful careers ahead. Nigerian government seems to have understood this fact and a recent agreement between Bank of Industry and The National Youth Service Corps has been all intended to infuse in the corps members the advantages of entrepreneurial skills and culture to establish themselves with self-reliance, and self-initiatives.

Some critics, however, consider such measures to encourage entrepreneurships ineffective. They are saying that instead of pulling such students who spent four or five years in the universities and polytechnics, if a lasting connection between the bank and respective universities and polytechnics can be established, entrepreneurial attitude among the students can be groomed much intensely.

 A Collaboration of Finance and education is important

Very true it is, if BOI can be connected from the beginning, Nigerian youth can continuously make their entrepreneurial prospects up-to-date, which otherwise cannot ever be possible without a substantial financial back up. Involvement of BOI in training programmes of students is equally important to understand the diverse potentialities among them, and give these students proper suggestions.

BOI has been interacting with the students and providing them with precious suggestions for years. The bank found several inadequacies in the business plans presented by majority of fresh graduates. Needs, therefore, are also to be implementing a mode of education that prepares them with more career-centric learning content.

 Education must Encourage entrepreneurial skills


It is not so easy to develop self-reliant entrepreneurial skills without being come in touch with the relevant industry. This is where conventional education system falls short. To encourage the real entrepreneurial temperament among students, educators and government should, therefore, try to set up an alternative education system that engages them directly into the industries relevant to their inclinations and knacks.

Online Distance education shows the possibility

Nigerian government can take inspiration from distance learning that many developed countries like the UK, the US have prioritised for its ability to lead the learners to invest a lion’s share of their time and energy into skill development by taking full-time jobs, apprenticeships etc alongside their study. With the deft use of online technologies in distance education, students now have enormous flexibility in their hands. They can study anytime, anywhere with an internet connection and a computer or tablet. So, boundary of any fixed routine for attending classes is absent in online distance education. This huge benefit of convenient study timing is the opportunity for online learners which they can turn out to materialise in the involvement in their preferred industries.

So, the students of online distance learning can continuously augment their real-industry experience, which is completely absent among brick and mortar students. And, when these online students complete their studies they come out with double benefits – efficiency in theoretical knowledge and practical skill from industrial involvement.

Entrepreneurships can be truly capitalised by these students who have earned substantial industrial knowledge during their study. Therefore, online students are observed to make better businessmen, more skilled professional and more successful in their entrepreneurial efforts, which Nigeria must understand.

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