CU Chancellor Declares New Academic Year ‘Session of Change’
The Chancellor and Chairman Board of Regents of Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has christened the 2016/2017 academic session of the university as a “Session of Change” in furtherance of the institution’s vision of being among the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022.
Dr. Oyedepo made the prophetic declaration on the opening day of CU’s Executive Advance, an annual programme designed to equip faculty and non-teaching staff for the new session.
The Chancellor, who made a presentation on the topic, ‘Towards Attaining Vision 10:2022: Our Core Values Perspectives’, said the vision of being one of 10 in 10 is a foresight into the future of Covenant University.
Every set goal, he stated, is accomplishable, it’s just for all stakeholders to engage their capacity. “In most cases, it’s not the lack of capacity, but capacity engagement. There is nothing mystical about excellence, it is simply about one’s commitment to improvement,” said Dr. Oyedepo.
And while acknowledging the great feats recorded in the first four years since launching the vision, the Chancellor called for more commitment to the task.
“There is nothing God says that creates a concern for Him in delivery,” he said. “All we need is capacity for delivery. It’s a session of change; each one’s commitment will result into great accomplishment. There is nothing we are doing that we cannot do better; no result we cannot improve on.”
Delving into the topic of his presentation, Dr. Oyedepo said the core values of Covenant University – Spirituality, Integrity, Possibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice – constitute the creed that defines the university.
Spirituality, he explained, is the hub that keeps the other core values together. “We recognize that spirituality guarantees all-round profiting, and the spiritual roots of all world-class universities authenticate this claim.
“Every student must understand that the knowledge of God is the foundation of success. Spirituality is not only relevant to spiritual life but professional pursuit and academic excellence,” said the Chancellor.
He continued: “Possibility Mentality is key to a world of unlimited possibilities; Capacity Building is commitment to develop relevant skill in the pursuit of a given task; Integrity defines the sustenance of your value, maintaining academic and intellectual integrity across board – faculty, staff and students.
“Responsibility is all about self-discipline in the pursuit of a given task; in Diligence, no one ever gets out of life more than he puts into it; and in Sacrifice, there is nothing extraordinary on its own, it is man’s extraordinary input that makes it extraordinary. It takes a global price to generate global impact.”
Covenant University, Dr. Oyedepo averred, is not only an institution but also leading a revolution in education, as various educational bodies are already borrowing a leaf from the university.
He subsequently declared open the 2016 Executive Advance and beseeched God to give participants the wisdom to come up with ideas and initiatives to enable the university achieve success in its set objectives.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA Atayero, had explained the purpose for the gathering, while the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun welcomed management, faculty and staff to a “most fruitful and most productive 2016-2017 session”.
The five-day programme, holding inside the amphitheater of the African Leadership Development Centre on the premises of the university, features presentations, including panel and group discussions.