Bureau of Tertiary Institutions Seeks Collaboration with Covenant University
The Ogun State Bureau of Tertiary Institutions has made a courtesy visit to the Management of Covenant University, with a call on the University to support the Bureau’s activities in the State. The call was paid on Tuesday July 2, 2013 by the leadership of the Bureau, led by Mr. W.O. Kuye.
Stating the reasons for the visit to Covenant University, Mr. Kuye said due to the enormous assignment and programmes ahead of the Bureau, there was the need to relate with competent partners to drive home its goals and Covenant University happens to be one of such desirable partners.
According to the team leader, “We need your support and want you to partner with us, because we have a number of projects ahead of us. One of them is on the internationalization of education and application of technology to education, with the higher education sub-sector in focus.”
He noted that with the plethora of universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education in the state, the bureau wants to leverage on this and drive traffic into the state, by means of making Covenant University the preferred hub of education in Nigeria.
Mr. Kuye said since the inception of the Bureau in 2010, it has been able to ensure that all programmes in all tertiary institutions are accredited and also meet the minimum standards of each institution’s regulating organ.
Furthermore, he stated that it was the desire of the Ogun State Bureau of Tertiary Institutions to ensure that an end comes to the recurring issues of ‘education tourism’ that has seen billions of dollars go out of Ogun State and Nigeria, in general, to neighboring nations.
He posited that it is the desire of the present board of the Bureau to see that tertiary institutions in Ogun State become a cynosure of excellence, just like Covenant University has become in the Nigerian educational landscape. This, he said, can only be achieved through the support and candid views of private practitioners in the sector.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo appreciated the initiative of the Bureau in laying a foundation between CU and the agency.
Professor Ayo told the visiting team that Covenant University was ready to partner with them in the noble drive to make quality education available to the people of the state in particular and Nigeria, in general.
The Vice-Chancellor said that there was need for partnership activities between the numerous institutions in the state. This, he said, would go a long way in solving educational problems in the state.
He informed the guests that Covenant University’s internationalization policies on education have led her into numerous partnerships with world-class universities and institutions both in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He added that her well-developed Information Communication Technology (ICT) initiatives have over the years made her the best ICT driven institution not only in Nigeria, but also in the West Africa sub-region.
Other Principal Officers of the University present at the meeting were the Registrar, Dr. Ubong Ntia, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor AAA. Atayero, the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo, the Senior Assistant Registrar (Vice Chancellor’s Office), Mr. Kalu Okuagwu and a team from the Corporate and Public Affairs Unit of the University.
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