Coventry University interior architecture and design students teamed up with award-winning global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan to design the interior of the university’s new Africa Hub.
Located within the mixed-use Kigali Heights development in Kigali, Rwanda, the hub will support Coventry University’s links in Sub-Saharan Africa and help extend its corporate functions across the world.
Second-year Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons) students Tabitha Odutayo and Mónica Calanche Silva were selected by their lecturer, Richard Jones, to work on the interior design project alongside contractors Broadway Malyan to give them experience of working on a professional project.
“It was very hands-on from the outset as we were briefed on the project and tasked with creating feature screens that will be incorporated into the office space. I focused on the design while Mónica developed in-depth research on Rwanda which included background history, design styles and the incorporation of their art in practice. From this, we presented our ideas and research before creating technical drawings and renders. We brought these two stages of development to arrive at a final design idea,” Tabitha explained.
The students focused on developing a design that would represent the country, using Rwanda’s popular traditional Imigongo patterns to influence the designs of the feature screens.
Mónica said: “This was definitely a learning curve, not only for us but also for everyone involved in the process. It showed us the importance of clear communication, time management, and resilience in order to achieve the final outcome. We’re very excited to see the finished product!”
Harry Hoodless, Regional Board Director, Broadway Malyan, said: “Engagement is at the heart of what we believe makes a successful design solution and we collaborated with two fantastic students on our work on the Coventry University Africa Hub. Tabitha and Mónica provided research on local craft, social expressions, and the heritage context of the hub’s location in Kigali, Rwanda, from which we asked them to develop designs for feature screens that would divide up the space, provide privacy and a sense of scale to each working zone. We were delighted to see well resolved models and renders of the approved design solutions which we then integrated into our workplace planning and final design for the Hub. Overall, the collaborative experience working with the students at Coventry University was one both my team and I valued greatly, and we trust the passion they put into their work will translate into the visitor experience for the Hub.”
Professor Silas Lwakabamba, Regional Managing Director of the Africa Hub, Coventry University, said: “Despite the challenges of working remotely, Mónica and Tabitha’s contribution to the design of the Africa Hub demonstrated their industry-ready skills and provides a great example of what makes our graduates highly employable.”
JAMB Holds Mop-Up UTME for Candidates Who Missed Exams August 8
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has scheduled a mop-up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) on Friday, August 6, 2021, for candidates who missed the examinations due to registration and verification difficulties, and clash of timetables, among others.
The board in a statement on Thursday disclosed that a total of 18,000 candidates are slated to write the examinations in some selected locations across the country.
JAMB said the decision to conduct the examination follows a detailed investigation and careful analysis of the 2021 UTME, and with due consultation with the National Examination Council (NECO) concerning the timetable of the council’s ongoing SSCE.
The rescheduled candidates are in the following categories:
Candidates who could not be initially scheduled for examination owing to their inability to timely procure and supply their mandatory NINs or profile codes until after the close of the registration exercise and, therefore, had to purchase Bank Drafts ( as against the usual vending of PINs) after the scheduled period for the examination and were later registered.
Few candidates who encountered peculiar biometric verification problems, or who failed biometric verification on the examination date ( and were recaptured) but were not allowed to partake in the examination.
The board said adequate screening arrangements have been made to reverify such claims and any candidate found to be involved in any form of impersonation will be identified for prosecution.
Candidates who were unable to sit for the UTME owing to the clash of timetables of the UTME and the then ongoing NABTEB examinations and whose particulars have been verified and supplied directly to JAMB by NABTEB, and
Candidates who have been ascertained by JAMB to have experienced genuine rescheduling/technical problems as was the case in 30 of the 760 centres used for the examination.
The rescheduled candidates have been directed to print fresh examination notification slips containing the venue and time of the examination from the JAMB website using the candidates’ registration number from Sunday, 1st August 2021.
“In addition, the candidate can check using their registration number here
“For the avoidance of doubt, no candidate whose result has been duly released will be rescheduled for another examination contrary to the sponsored fake news being circulated on the social (and few mischievous conventional) media”, the board stated.
The board further advised candidates to avoid supplying their vital information including registration numbers to fraudsters who abound especially in cybercafes (s), tutorial centres springing up almost everywhere in the nation as a result of the illicit activities of examination syndicates.
“CBT centres approved by JAMB which are consistently monitored are relatively more secure for printing examination notification slips by candidates who cannot print such on their own”, the board said.
President Buhari To Increase Education Budget By 50 Percent
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to increase the budget for the education sector by as much as 50 percent over the next two years, according to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina on Wednesday.
Adesina quoted from a document titled, Heads Of State Call To Action On Education Financing Ahead Of The Global Education Summit, signed as a form of commitment at the ongoing Summit in London, United Kingdom.
“We commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50 percent over the next two years and up to 100 percent by 2025 beyond the 20 percent global benchmark,” Adesina quoted the president as saying.
The president said; “We fully endorse the call for more efficient use of resources and to significantly increase investment in education by strengthening institutions, promoting greater adoption of technology, building the capacities of our teachers and mobilizing additional financial resources through legal frameworks and deliberate intervention on a sustainable basis.
“Let us, therefore, raise our hands in solidarity to build a more secure and prosperous future for our children.”
The Summit which is being co-hosted by the Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson and the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta seeks to give opportunities for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.
President Buhari left Nigeria on Tuesday to attend the summit and also meet with the Prime Minister of Britain, Johnson and thereafter meet with his doctor for a medical check-up, according to his spokesman.
Education Platform MPOWER Financing Raises $100 Million in Equity to Support Studying Abroad
MPOWER Financing the leading provider of education loans to high-promise students around the world, today announced that it has raised an equity investment of US$100 million. The funding underscores investors’ confidence in MPOWER’s position as the leading lender for students aspiring to study abroad.
Founded in 2014 by Emmanuel (Manu) Smadja, MPOWER Financing aims to democratize education by reducing financial barriers for high-promise students from around the world. MPOWER’s loans are approved instantly and are granted at competitive interest rates without requiring a cosigner or collateral. MPOWER additionally provides students with academic, financial and career guidance to position them for success both in school and after graduation.
“We’re delighted to be working with experienced investors who share our vision of empowering the brightest students from around the world,” said Smadja, Chief Executive Officer of MPOWER Financing. “The new funds will be used to directly support students, automate and scale our operations, and to grow our team. We look forward to supporting an even greater number of qualified students around the globe as they study in the U.S. and Canada.”
“When I did my M.B.A in the U.S., financing options like MPOWER, which don’t require collateral or a cosigner, didn’t exist,” said Ashwini Kumar, General Manager of MPOWER’s India Office. “So, the financial burden fell on not just me, but by my parents as well. MPOWER makes it possible for future generations of students to access the world’s top universities without this financial pressure, allowing them focus on their academics and career.”
The new funding is in addition to the US$30 million MPOWER raised earlier this year from Tilden Park Capital Management, which also participated in the current round, and ETS Strategic Capital on behalf of ETS, the world’s largest non-profit educational assessment, research and measurement organization. Other investors in the current round include King Street Capital Management, Drakes Landing Associates, and Pennington Alternative Income Management.
“We are excited to partner with MPOWER Financing as it operates a truly differentiated business model where it not only lends to students, but also offers career guidance and supports students throughout their journey,” said Chris Gamaitoni, Managing Director of Tilden Park Capital Management. “The team’s mission and commitment to their students are inspiring. We are thrilled to support MPOWER Financing as it continues to expand its global reach and support even more students. We look forward to building on the company’s successes together.”
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