Tolu Olayinka and John Okorie, both students in the BSc. Computer Engineering programme at Regent-Ghana, have been selected by Google as the 2014/2015 Google Student Ambassadors for the University.
The Google Student Ambassador Program provides students who have a passion for technology and are involved in their communities, with the opportunity to act as liaisons between Google and their universities. The program is one school year in length and is offered in various regions around the world.
Google Student Ambassadors get the chance to learn about Google products, and organise fun university events geared towards disseminating knowledge about innovative products and services offered by Google.
As Google Student Ambassadors for the 2014/2014 academic year; Tolu and John will be succeeding Michael Mettle-Nunoo (Engineering), Regent-Ghana’s first Google Student Ambassador.
In August this year, Tolu and John took part in the annual summit for Google Student Ambassadors in Sub-Saharan Africa. The three day summit was held at the Alisa Hotel, Accra. It brought together about 130 Google Student Ambassadors from other universities across Africa. During the summit; participants were reminded on their duties as Ambassadors and were also trained to use various Google apps developed for educational purposes.
“Meeting and interacting with students from different parts of the continent, exposed me to different cultures, beliefs, as well as opportunities available for young technology enthusiasts”, said Tolu. “During the summit, we were divided into ten groups with each group being assigned a challenge to solve. Each group was expected to make a presentation on the final day of the summit, Tolu continued. “Coincidentally, John and I were assigned to the same group. It was an exciting moment for us, when after our presentation, our group was adjudged the first!”.
“The training sessions inspired us to strive to bring about positive change in our communities” John added. "We hope to use the knowledge we acquired during the intensive training sessions to educate members of the University community, on the cool things that google is doing in the field of education".