“CU-Harvard University Understanding Underway”- VC By Our Correspondent
The Vice- Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo has made a strong case for Covenant University’s collaboration with renowned world first-class institution, Harvard University in the United States, pointing out that the relationship would open a whole new dimension to the quest of the Covenant University’s Vision 10: 2022. While attempting to underscore this need, the Vice-Chancellor stressed that “to be the best, you have to get closer to and be like the best”.
In an address to the University gathering at a weekly Management-Faculty interface, Friday Faculty Fellowship, Professor Ayo identified research collaboration as the take-off point in the planned collaboration with Harvard University, noting that the institution would gain mileages in terms of qualitative research through skills sharing, collaborative exploration of issues and joint innovations. He further noted that experience and skills would be gained from the American institution, while also taking advantage of the collaboration to leapfrog to the exalted position of “1 of 10 in 10”.
Professor Ayo was returning from the United States after a brief sojourn in the USA to honour an intellectual engagement in the foremost university. The visit had also been used to explore possible areas of collaboration with the institution as well as touch base with Wayne State University, an institution with which Covenant University signed a Memorandum of Understanding in early 2014 and where ten (10) Covenant University student are currently undergoing the Capstone (international Industrial Training) experience.
The Vice-Chancellor’s visit had also been used to link up with Babson College, USA, an institution reputed for innovations and depth in entrepreneurial development studies, with which a special relationship is already being proposed, with the view to strengthening the entrepreneurial development programme of Covenant University.
Professor Ayo disclosed that he had met two US-based Nigerians that are university grant managers with whom a rapprochement had been reached to facilitate the process of research collaboration with Harvard and chart the course for a platform for faculty skills development through such future collaborations.