CoE Unveils Action Plan as Vice-Chancellor Visits
The College of Engineering (CoE), Covenant University, has unfolded a 10-point Action Plan aimed at improving the current status of teaching, research, accreditation, infrastructure, faculty, staff among others in the College and the university in general.
Highlighting details of the action plan on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, during the visit of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, to the College, the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, who described the Vice-Chancellor’s visit as home coming, said all the Departments and Programmes on offer are in healthy shapes. The departments that make up the College of Engineering are Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Electronics, Information Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering.
The action plan, according to Professor Bolu, includes fulfilling the criteria for the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) accreditation; Pioneering engineering researches relevant to the future of Nigeria; Collaboration with companies; Building a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure in Covenant University; and Collaboration with universities in Africa.
Others are: Embarking on aggressive research to contribute about 230 SCOPUS indexed journals; Making the staff Information Communication Technology literate; Initiating new Engineering programmes; and the target of having 10 to 15 patents this year. The CoE, said the Dean, aims at realising substantial revenue for 2016.
He, however, enjoined the Vice-Chancellor, who was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, and other members of Management, to help the College address its challenges.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, expressed delight to be at the College and urged faculty and staff to prepare for new and interesting challenges as the current Management of Covenant University introduces new ideas aimed at taking the institution to its desired destination.
He said Management has started the process of automating administrative processes in the university, “because we want to save cost, go global; we want to move away from technical hitches and embrace cloud technology. As academics, we should be engaged in thought processes and not menial tasks”. Automation, he explained, does not mean people would lose their jobs, but that they must upgrade themselves.
Professor Atayero emphasised that the university would have to be more aggressive in its research endeavours to be among the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, which is why he initiated the second leg of the Dreamers Project, dubbed “The Visionaries”. Covenant University, he said, is blessed with concentration of faculty talents and great environment essential to attaining the vision of one of 10 in 10.
He reiterated that the Management has identified five research chairs to be endowed at the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID).
Challenges currently being experienced by the College, he averred, would be for a brief period as glorious days already lie ahead.
Also on the Vice-Chancellor’s entourage to the College of Engineering were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke; Director Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; Director, Centre for Systems and Information Services, Engr. Yinka Adeboye; and Director, Physical Planning and Development, Pastor Femi James.
Others were the Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Igban; and Deputy Director, Physical Planning and Development, Arc. Olaonipekun.