British Council Country Director Makes Historic Visit to CU
The Country Director for British Council in Nigeria, Mr. David Higgs paid a courtesy call to Covenant University on the 3rd of August, 2011. His visit was the first to any Private University in the country.
Mr. Higgs said the purpose of his visit was to build a relationship with the University and to encourage it to be part of the Policy Dialogue for Higher Education in Africa, which the Council is organizing in October this year in Abuja, Nigeria.
He also extended an invitation to the University to be part of the Council’s yearly conference tagged “Going Global” where leadership of higher education around the world would meet to deliberate on investments to be focused on building African Universities.
The Country Director also noted that the Council had been in the vanguard of creating avenues for both Nigerian Universities and their British counterparts to collaborate, adding that about 16, 000 Nigerians are currently studying in various British Universities.
Mr. Higgs said he knew about the University through an invitation to the last Annual Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) hosted by Covenant University in June, and he was highly impressed with the infrastructure, particularly the University Library and the beautifully kept green environment.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan in a welcome remark stated that Covenant University in the last nine years has worked towards pioneering and driving excellence, making sure that there is a secure foundation which is vital. She added that for most British and other world rated Universities, foundation is key.
She also informed the visiting Country Director that the University’s graduates are admitted for higher degrees in Universities outside the country, particularly in the United Kingdom without having to audit their courses. This was as a result of academic excellence being driven by the University.
The Vice-Chancellor further stated that Covenant University had been driving entrepreneurship education from inception, which has further given the students an advantage over their counterparts from other institutions as many are already employers of labour.
On research, Professor Obayan noted that the University’s effort in research is geared towards products development, adding that the University already has three patents to its credit. The University, according to her, has a rich town/gown engagement, which is greatly impacting its immediate external community. The presence of the University has brought many developments to Ota as a community.
Internationally, the Vice-Chancellor informed the guest that the University has robust collaborations with many great institutions. The recent was with UN-Habitat, which will launch its next Global Report in Covenant University. This, according to her, would place the University on the same pedestal as Columbia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other great institutions that have hosted such event.
Other members of Covenant University Management Team present at the occasion included, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, the Registrar, Mr. Joseph Niyan Taiwo, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Chris Awonuga, the Dean, College of Development Studies, Professor Kayode Shoremekun, the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Fredrick Hymore, the Director Centre for Systems and Information Services, Engineer Bayo Ajala, the Director, Directorate of Endowment and Resources Development Services, Miss Love Oyedepo and the representative of Director of Centre for Learning Resources, Mrs. Mercy Iroaganachi.