CU Signs Pact with Biotechnology Society Of Nigeria (BSN)
Covenant University on Thursday, March 13, 2015, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria (BSN). The event took place in the Vice Chancellor’s conference room in Canaan Land, Ota.
The purpose of the MoU is to provide a framework for collaboration between the University and BSN in training and the dissemination of research information that are central to the technological growth of Nigeria and its integration into global discourse.
In his welcome remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo said, “We appreciate your efforts towards the establishment of a working partnership with us. Amongst the benefits of this collaboration is the area you mentioned, concerning conference attendance for students. It’s a great part of this partnership, which would help us in addressing the disconnect between students and professionals in their field. We already started with a Town and Gown Meeting where we invite professionals from different fields to come and interact with the students to bridge the gap between the two. They inspire and motivate the students, thereby preparing them for life after graduation. I have been assured that this MoU would not be a document for the shelf; it would be taken further, to ensure that the collaboration starts off immediately.”
In his remarks, the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, stated, “A number of things have happened prior to this event and I am certain that the two institutions came to this point because we see that value can be exchanged at both ends. We are mindful of those we go into partnerships with in Covenant University, because God has brought us thus far as the number one University in Nigeria, West Africa and 15th in Africa at the recently concluded Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. We must maintain this placement accorded to us. So, we only partner with those who would help us drive our goals and visions.”
In his response, the President of the Society, Dr. M. B. Yerima, of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, stated, “We are very glad meeting very serious minded people like the Covenant University community. Whoever comes into this environment leaves with lots of testimonies. My first contact with Covenant University was through testimonies given by some of my colleagues in the University.
“This visit has given me a great opportunity to confirm all that I have heard about Covenant University. It’s an awesome experience - from the decorum of the students, to the serenity of the environment and the well-equipped research laboratories - there’s no scholar that would not love to come here for research and possible collaborations. I have no doubt that we would build something solid with this partnership. Our interest is in human capacity building,” he explained.
Present at the event were the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Director, Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, Professor Luis Egwari; the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Deputy Dean, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Dr. Olawande Daramola; HOD, Biological Sciences, Dr. Emeka Iweala; Dr. Solomon Rotimi; Representative of the Legal Department and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.