CU Positions for Renewed Impact through Research
Covenant University has unveiled its focus for the 2016/2017 academic year. The announcement was made by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at the Executive Advance programme of the institution, in Canaan Land, Ota. The news came amidst a lot of excitement and vibrant expectations of great accomplishments by the Management, staff and faculty, in the new academic year.
The central focus of ‘ReCITe’ is to fulfill Vision 10:2022 by evolving a World-Class Research University through the ‘ReCITe’ method which is an acronym for Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching. Vision 10:2022 (1-of-10-in-10) is considered fulfilled whenever Covenant attains a Top 10 position in any reputable global academic ranking outlet, irrespective of the ranking methodology.
Speaking at the event, Professor Atayero made reference to the scripture in Romans 3:3-4, which says, “For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid….” He refered to the scripture as a prophetic word from God validating the authenticity and possibility of the fulfilment of the ReCITe focus irrespective of the position any man takes.
In order to improve performance and raise the standard of work delivery, some senior faculties and staff of the University made presentations at the event, on different areas of competence.
While making his presentation titled, “Enhancing the Quality of Service Delivery and Employee Productivity in Covenant University,” the Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha, addressed sub topics such as, Service Provision Stakeholders’ Interest, Meeting Service Expectations, Responsibility for Quality Service Delivery, CU Business Model, Enhancing Service Delivery, Employee Productivity, Mechanism for handling Complaints and Performance Monitoring.
This was followed by a presentation by the Chief Medical Officer of the university’s Health Centre, Dr. Oluwafemi Modupe, who spoke largely on the need for excellent health services which involves the delivery of high quality, effective and compassionate health care. He pointed out the modality which has been put in place by the management of the institution to aid in delivering quality health services to the University community.
During his presentation titled, “Models for Maximising Productivity in the Workplace,”Professor David Akinnusi reiterated the role of the ‘ReCIte’ (Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching) approach to the attainment of vision 10:2022. He emphasized the effect of the approach as being productivity, which according to him, is at the heart of any successful enterprise.
While making his presentation titled, “Use of Web Tools and Social Media to Enhance Institutional Citations,” the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe stressed on the relevance of Institutional citations as an aggregation of the citations of members of faculty. He noted that the main essence of putting articles on the Web is to increase or enhance visibility.
Professor Cleophas Loto of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, presented a paper titled, “Correlation between Prolific Writing and a Researcher’s Citation,” where he explained that a scientific research must begin with a defined research question, which results in a well-designed research protocol that plans the overall approach.
In his presentation titled, “Service Quality Imperatives in a
World Class University,” Professor Gbolahan Oni of the Department of Economics and Development Studies tried to define a world-class university, as one with World-class research, lots of autonomy, best scholars, best faculties and best students. He however, stated, “What is paramount, therefore, is excellence or high quality in university education and the parameters for assessing excellence or quality.”
Other presenters were Dr. Evans Osabuohien, of the Department of Economics & Development Studies, who spoke on ‘Boosting Citations through Quality International Collaborations’ and Dr. Abiola Babajide of the Department of Banking & Finance, who spoke on ‘Effectiveness in Service Delivery.’