Covenant, NIM Seal Agreement on Students’ Scheme Programme
Covenant University and the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Students’ Scheme Programme, which gives students in universities and polytechnics the opportunity to imbibe and practice the ideals and values of professional management at the early stage of their career development.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, the Deputy President, NIM, Professor Olukunle Iyanda, who represented the institute’s President, Emeritus Professor Munzali Jibril, congratulated the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, for the vision to establish the great University which, according to him, has become the yardstick for the evaluation of not only private but public universities.
The Student’s Scheme Programme, said Professor Iyanda, is one of the routes to membership of the NIM and is open to all interested undergraduates irrespective of their field of study. It is usually undergone between the third and final year of study in the university or and during the two years of the Higher National Diploma programme in the Polytechnics, he added.
The students, he stated further, undergo a preparatory training programme arranged to suit both the University and the Institute, and the training equips the students with additional management, entrepreneurial and self-reliance skills which enhance their employability. Certificates are awarded to the candidates upon the completion of the academic programmes.
“By agreeing to seal this collaboration with a MoU, the Vice-Chancellor and indeed the University authorities have demonstrated their commitment to building a culture of management professionalism amongst students of the University. At the end of the day, this will lead to enhanced product quality and acceptability of Covenant University graduates, which will in turn further positively impact on the already enviable image of the University,” said Professor Iyanda, who was at the head of a 7-man NIM team, including the Registrar, Mr. Tony Fadaka, that graced the MoU signing ceremony.
Shedding more light on the partnership between Covenant University and the NIM, Dr. Mayowa Agboola, who represented the Head, Department of Business Management, Dr. Oluwole Iyiola, said that one of the major objectives of the MoU was to upgrade management skills of the University’s staff and students. Also, it will enhance the employability of Covenant University graduates as well as enhance their managerial skills; improve the Covenant University graduates’ prospects of having their own businesses and becoming employers of labour; and for the parties to find the scope of the required technical, professional and material commitment to the MoU, Dr. Agboola explained.
Following the formal signing of the MoU supervised by Covenant’s Legal Officers, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said it pleased his heart to see that a very young institution like Covenant University was entering into a partnership with an old institution as the Nigerian Institute of Management.
While expressing his appreciation to the NIM for deeming it fit to let Covenant University be one of the institutions it was partnering with, the Vice-Chancellor said that the initiative was in tandem with the University’s vision of raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavours. NIM’s partnership with Covenant University, he added, could help the varsity achieve that at a fast pace.
Other representatives of Covenant University at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha; and Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole.