ABUAD Online Community Development Seminars

In line with its visions to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through lifelong learning and continuous personal development among the wider community, The Research and Innovation Directorate of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) is welcoming registration for its online community development seminars.

Community development seminars are open to anyone who is 18 years or older and has a love for learning and personal development. 

These seminar sessions are offered in five sessions in total (two hours a class), over a two-week period, and are offered in English. Participants who successfully partake in a minimum of four out of five classes receive a certificate of completion. 

These seminar courses are not credit-bearing and are ineligible for transfer towards any formal degree or program at ABUAD.

With guided presentations and instructions by world-class experts and scholars drawn from across the world, participants will be exposed to the latest developments and knowledge in a wide range of sustainable development themes.


Available seminar courses

September 7-21, 2020: Business Development and Negotiation Skills. This course will help participants to uncover the negotiation skills required to grow their businesses, unlock professional career success, and to defuse conflict situations. 

Attendees will learn how to develop business plans, business strategies, business advocacy skills, and also negotiation skills based on their unique personality traits, in order to play a more active role in their working environment. Essentially, the programme features five modules, which are:

Webinar 1: Business development plan

Webinar 2: Business development strategies

Webinar 3: Business advocacy skills

Webinar4: Conflict management

Webinar 5: Negotiation skills


Professor E. SmarandaOlarinde- Vice Chancellor, ABUAD

Dr. Chidinma Thompson- Partner, BLG Canadian Law Firm, Calgary, Canada

Dr. Gabriel Onagoruwa- White and Case Law Firm, London, United Kingdom

Dr. Alexander Ezenagu- Assistant Professor of Taxation and Commercial Law, HBKU, Doha, Qatar

Professor Hou Jiaru, Director, Beijing Negotiation Society, China

September 21-30, 2020: Project Management and Financing: In a pandemic constrained world, entrepreneurs in different sectors will need to be innovative in securing and managing available financing needed to drive their ideas and businesses. 

This course will provide an overview of project management and the essential tools needed to deliver successful projects in a timely manner and within budget. 

Participants will learn the fundamental principles of the subject, including project initiation, project definition, creation of work breakdown structures, scheduling using Gantt charts and network diagrams, risk management, budgeting and controlling resources, quality assurance, auditing and project termination. 

Essentially, the programme features five modules, which are:

Webinar 1: Project management definition and initiation

Webinar 2: Defining the project plan with planning cost, time and policy

Webinar 3: Financial Modelling and Planning for startups

Webinar4: Project execution, monitoring and communication

Webinar 5: Project closure


Chief Anthony Idigbe SAN FCIArb (U.K), PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors, Lagos, Nigeria

Alisa Newman Hood, Senior Vice President, Excelerate Energy L.P, United States

Dr. Eduardo Pereira, Professor of Energy Law and partner at the International Energy Law Advisory Group, Portugal

Dr. Melba K. Wasunna, External Affairs Manager, Base Titanium Ltd, Kenya, and Sessional Lecturer, LL.M Program in Oil and Gas Law, Strathmore Law School, Kenya.

Dr. ChilenyeNwapi: Legal Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom

September 28- October 7, 2020: Transformational Leadership and Management: This course is designed for those in management roles, in public and private spheres, who are responsible for assisting their organizations to achieve transformational and sustainable success. 

It explores the practical strategies and skillset need to become an effective transformational and organizational leader. 

The sessions will explore the practical and positive journey towards long-term progress, and provide clear guidance on how participants can lead and manage their organizations on upward trajectories. Essentially, the programme features five modules, which are:

Webinar1: The Transformational Leader: Introduction to transformational management and leadership styles

Webinar2: Organizational vision, mission, values and objectives

Webinar3: The management grid

Webinar4: Strategic planning and decision making

Webinar5: Business development strategies


Aare Afe Babalola SAN, CON, OFR, President and Founder, ABUAD

Professor Marie-Claire CordonnierSegger, Executive Secretary, Centre for InternationalSustainable Development Law, University of Cambridge, UK

Ambassador FaizelMoosa, South African Ambassador to Qatar, Doha, Qatar

Dean Susan L. Karamanian, Dean, College of Law, HBKU, Qatar

Engnr Francis Ilesanmi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Matpatson Petroleum Services, Nigeria

Seminar Fees

N10,000 per course or USD 25

To register for one or more of these community development seminars please visit this link http://research.abuad.edu.ng/online-community-development-seminars/

Source: abuad.edu.ng

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