Covenant Faculty Wins EESC-A Scholar Position in University of Toronto
A faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant University, Professor David O. Olukanni, has won a Scholar Position at the University of Toronto, Canada, under the project tagged ‘Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa (EESC-A)’.
Professor Olukanni, the Director of Quality and Academic Standards at Covenant, is one of the four highly qualified and enthusiastic scholars selected among numerous applications from strong African Universities. The others are from South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
In the letter of award dated 10th January, 2018, and addressed to Professor Olukanni, the Project Director, EESC-A, Professor Murray R. Metcalfe, said that the scholar position comes with the responsibilities of engaging with EESC-A scholars elsewhere in Africa as well as the team in Canada, in program building; supporting the team on educational content creation activities; building a strong network of researchers and institutions in Africa to advance teaching and practice of sustainable engineering.
The scholar will be working to seed an EESC-A like project and create a centre of excellence in selected host institution with links to other institutions in Africa, and to support EESC-A’s efforts to better understand and monitor the engineering education landscape in Africa. Also, the scholar will devise programme initiatives to enhance it and travel regionally within Africa to advance project objectives among others.
As part of his goals participating in the project, Professor Olukanni aims to make contributions that will develop resilience to the impacts of climate and other environmental challenges in major urban and regional cities in Africa. These include the built environment, environmental protection, waste management, water resources management, energy efficiency and security, social equity, and economic viability among others.
Professor Olukanni, with keen interest in engineering education and sustainability issues, is the Head of the Urban Environmental Issues and National Development Cluster at Covenant University.