CU Management Visits School of Social Sciences
The Management of Covenant University, in a bid to interact with the faculty and staff of the various schools in the University visited the School of Social Sciences in the College of Development Studies, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
The Deputy-Dean, School of Social Sciences, Dr. Daniel Gberevbie, received the Management team, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles K. Ayo at the conference hall of the College.
In his welcome address, Dr. Gberevbie appreciated the University’s Management for making time to meet with faculty and staff of the School in her quest to become a World-Class institution.
He stated that the School, which is made up of two departments, runs five programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels; all of these are approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Furthermore, he announced that the various departments in the School have identified unique programmes that could be sources of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the University.
The Head, Department of Economics and Development Studies, Dr. Phillip Alege, told the University Management that his department has offered the most sought after Postgraduate programmes in the University till date.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the department, he promised that the Department would remain the best-rated department in the University. This, he said would be achieved by consistently providing industry-relevant education with uncompromising quality, thus, making graduates from the department highly marketable in the labour market worldwide.
Similarly, the Head, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, stated that his department through her well-published and research-active colleagues are refocusing their research initiatives on the new direction of the University’s vision of becoming one of the best ten universities in the next ten years, christened Vision 1 of 10 in 10.
On the department’s contribution towards raising the University’s IGR drive, Dr. Folarin posited that the department through her new publication would generate over Six Hundred Thousand Naira in profits. In addition, the department is currently working on two new books: Topics in World Politics and Elements of Government, which would be published this year; both would serve as viable means of generating additional income for the University.
Reacting to some issues raised during the visit, the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo said that approval had been given for the purchases required for the furnishing of the Econometric Laboratory. This would enhance research activities in the Department of Economics.
On the accreditation status of programmes in the School of Social Sciences, the Director, Academic Planning Unit (DAPU), Dr. Akan B. Williams urged members of the Demographic and Social Statistics programme to adequately prepare for the NUC’s accreditation visit later in the year.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Aaron Atayero, informed the gathering of two new e-library resources the University has subscribed to; he encouraged faculty and staff of the school to maximize them as the resources would enhance quality delivery in the University.
Professor Atayero added that the conference support policy of the University is not restricted to certain individuals but for all members of faculty. He stated that the University is willing to support quality, high impact conference papers; and concluded by charging faculty not to be weary. According to him, new promotion criteria are to be deployed to help drive the goal of fulfilling the University’s Vision.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles K. Ayo, appreciated the Deputy-Dean of the School for the quality of leadership he has given the school.
Professor Ayo told those at the helms of affairs in the School of Social Sciences that the Management was committed to adding more senior faculty to the teaching force.
The Professor of Computer Science commended the Department of Economics and Development Studies for the remarkable number of publications they churned out in 2013. He also urged all other departments in the University to borrow a leaf from them. He asked the Director, Academic Planning Unit and the Head, Department of Political Science and International Relations to work with speed towards ensuring that Public Administration becomes one of the University’s offered programmes by the next admission exercise.
Professor Ayo told the gathering that in the University’s pursuit of fulfilling the Vision 1 of 10 in 10, the University has developed what is now known as the Covenant University Culture, which entails discipline, promptness and timeliness in getting things done and this should be driven by the leadership of the colleges, schools and departments.
He pledged that the necessary support from the Management would always be made available to faculty pursuing Postgraduate programmes in order to effectively manage their schedules and deliver on their primary assignments.
He concluded that the Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, has given approval towards an international conference billed for later this year that would attract Nobel Laureates to help the University take giant strides in development.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied to the School of Social Sciences by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Taiwo Abioye, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Aaron Atayero, the Registrar, Mr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, Dean, College of Development Studies, Professor Oluranti Olurinola. Others are Director, Centre for Systems and Information Services (CSIS), Pastor Abolade Afolabi and Director, Physical Planning and Development (PPD), Architect Gbenga Alalade.