In line with the mandate of rewarding academic excellence, the Redeemer’s University Ede, through its outreach to corporate organizations and individuals, has received a pledge of fifty thousand naira each for the best graduating female student in Hospitality and Tourism Studies with a minimum of second-class upper division and best-graduating student in Transport Management for the next ten years from the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Sesby Travels Limited, Lagos, Mrs Adeola Sesby-Banjoh.

            The Sesby Travel boss, who is a tourism expert, announced this during the maiden Faculty of Management Science Lecture Series recently held at the Sapetro Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Engineering building.

            Speaking at the event, she noted the vital connection between theory and practice in education. She defined “Nexus” as the link between theoretical knowledge and real-life situations, highlighting the importance of theory in explaining phenomena and guiding practical applications. She stressed the need for employers to facilitate smooth integration and transition for new employees, focusing on talent management, performance, and development. “employers must focus on talent management principles, employee performance, and development,” she said.

            Mrs Adeola highlighted that the goal of employee integration extends beyond profit-making to ensure employee satisfaction and fulfilment. She urged employers to provide support and resources for struggling employees, emphasizing teamwork over unhealthy competition to achieve organizational goals.

            While encouraging the students, she advised them to seek internships in organizations, emphasizing the invaluable real-time experience that would be gained.

            In the same vein, Professor Kenneth Okpala, a lecturer in the Accounting department, Faculty of Management Science, supported this advice, noting that in developed countries, the choice of courses is influenced by industry needs. He called on employers to create productive atmospheres for employees to thrive, citing the diminishing presence of training schools for graduates in major Nigerian companies, thereby affecting overall productivity.

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