Chancellor Dedicates Covenant’s Research Feats to God
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, has attributed the recent accomplishments by the University in the field of research to God’s hand manifesting itself in the various research works of faculty members of the University.
Elsevier SciVal, the world acclaimed ready-to-use solution that offers easy access to the research performance of 8,500 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide, had in its recent computations ranked Covenant University Number One (1) globally in some research endeavours.
Looking at the data from 2011 to 2015 as calculated by Elsevier, Covenant University was rated World Number One (1) in two research areas: Wind Power, Wind and Turbine and Corrosion, Corrosion Inhibitors, Carbon Steel. Covenant was also rated World Number Two in two other research area: Trade, Remittance and Effect and Housing; Residential Satisfaction and Satisfaction). Twelve other areas of emerging competencies were identified.
These achievements had enabled the University to identify 16 areas of competence to invest in, research wise.
Speaking at a banquet he hosted for the past and current Management of the University and research leaders on Sunday, May 28, 2017, the Chancellor stated that no man is self-made, but God’s raw hand is key to the fulfilment of anything worthwhile in the life of any man.
While commending researchers and members of Management for the feats, Dr. Oyedepo exhorted the gathering about the importance of humility, and constantly acknowledging the place of God in the attainment of any feat, be it in the academic or any task in life. This, he noted, is the easiest way of avoiding pride, the silent killer of destiny.
He posited that the time has come for the black race, with Covenant taking the lead, to shake and reshape the world, “because 99 percent of the feats and accomplishment from the Covenant University base is a function of inspiration”.
The Chancellor revealed that he was already crafting new programmes to bolster the existing ones, towards making the University’s graduates excel better in their various areas of endeavours.
“As researchers, the accomplishment of your mission on earth through quality publications, research works and innovative products must impact positively on human lives. However, it is not your presence and skills that will make it happen, but God’s presence that will speedily fulfill the Vision set for the University,” he said.
Dr. Oyedepo predicted that in the nearest future, Covenant will become an institution that will predominantly enroll international students due to the University’s competitiveness with its foreign counterparts.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, who reminisced over his foundational days at Covenant and where the University stands today, stated that the prowess and high competencies of the University had caught the attention of the world’s major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information.
According to him, Elsevier was preparing to interview scholars and researchers of the University in a bid to understand the strength and prowess of its researchers, which cannot be ignored on the global scene.
The second substantive Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University and current Vice-Chancellor of Landmark University, Professor Aize Obayan, while commending her colleagues for buying into the Vision of the University, noted that the compelling vision behind the idea of Covenant was enough to celebrate the successes and accomplishment in the past 14 years.
The forum also availed key researchers, whose works had attracted the recent honours to the University, to speak on their research works and the impact that they will have on human existence and better environmental preservation systems.
Also present at the event were the Vice-President (Education), Pastor (Mrs.) Faith Oyedepo; Resident Pastor, Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Pastor David Oyedepo (Jnr.); Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; and Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo among others.