Professional University Administrators within and outside Nigeria converged in an online platform for a lecture titled “Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the advent of COVID-19” organized by the Assembly of Administrative and Executive officers, College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Idi-Araba on Monday, August 17, 2020. In his opening address, the Chairman of the Assembly, Olayinka A. Obafemi-Moses, FNIM Ph.D. welcomed participants from Universities across the globe and he charged them to be distinctive as professionals post COVID-19. The Provost, Professor F. E. A. Lesi in his keynote address noted that for administrators to advance professionally in the COVID-19 era, they must keep on striving to improve themselves”.
In his lecture, Mr. Olumide Ologan, an alumnus of University of Lagos who is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute, UK expounded on the fact that continuous learning and self-development which he described as “a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere”. He also elucidated on training as “mostly short-term but with a concrete goal”. The speaker also said that Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help manage one’s own growth. The speaker categorized CPD as follows:
He charged participants to embrace new technologies and to be flexible in the post COVID-19 era. He added that managing this change means abandoning old practices and beliefs and moving to a new level.In his over 2 hours lecture, the speaker also leveraged on the SWOT Analysis of Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threats. The speaker drew from his own experiences in life to illustrate key points throughout the lecture.
The lecturer also took questions from some of the over Ninety (90) participants from across the globe. One major high spot of the event was also the recognition and presentation of award of honour to the Provost, the University’s Registrar and the Guest Lecturer. The event was witnessed by the key stakeholders in the educational sector within and outside Nigeria.