The aim of the conference, as stated in the conference poster, is to build bridges across disciplinary, professional and geographical divides reflective of the General Studies Philosophy of providing an intellectual meeting point for all disciplines, expand the intellectual horizon of students and thereby provide broad-based, people-oriented and self-reliant education. The focus is on, but not limited to, the five major disciplines of: Humanities and Social Sciences, Management and Financial Studies, Teaching and Learning, Natural and Health Sciences, and Applied Sciences
Globally, there is growing concern for excellence in higher education. This is particularly so in the developing countries where there is an even greater concern for the perceived fall in the standard of education. There is, therefore, a concerted and deliberate search for measures of improving educational quality and making education more functional in terms of producing graduates who are well grounded and capable of functioning effectively in their own environment and society. Not only graduates, but also people who can contribute their own quota to the growth and development of their country, society or any place they find themselves.
General Studies, as part of the curriculum of most tertiary institutions in Nigeria and Africa, came into being as the originators of this concept and philosophy aimed at eliminating what is generally referred to as compartmentalization of knowledge and harmful academic narrow-mindedness. This is in line with the objectives of the conference of building bridges across disciplines and providing an intellectual meeting point for all disciplines, expanding intellectual horizon of students and providing broad-based, people-oriented and self-reliant education.
Other sub-topics of this Conference include: Security, Peace building, Language, Gender, Communication, Environment, Entrepreneurship, ICT, etc. All these sub topics are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. In effect, education along these sub-topics would not only help to develop the human person but will help a country engage in healthy competition with other developed countries.
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