Covenant University Commences Orientation Programme for Fresh Students
The Covenant University 2015/2016 Academic Session commenced promptly with the orientation programme for its fresh students on Monday, August 10, 2015. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, his Deputy, Professor Taiwo Abioye and the Director of Academic Planning, Dr Olawande Daramola, were on hand to familiarise the freshmen with the stands of the university.
Professor Ayo’s speech was on the “Vision, Mission and Pursuit of Vision 10: 2022, the Core Values and the Departure Philosophy”. He listed the core values, which include spirituality, possibility mentality, capacity building, integrity, responsibility, diligence and sacrifice, noting that they are the guiding principles behind the university’s operations.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, told the fresh students that their proper understanding of the university’s core values would ensure their successful stay in the university.
He noted that the university’s unique culture is established on the strength of the core values. He added that the university has a culture of discipline and royalty that distinguishes its students in every field. “Our students are known for excellence and we are proud of them. You too can be a source of pride if you submit yourself to the rules and processes,” he explained.
He, subsequently, welcomed them to the university, which he referred to as “the birthplace of Kings and Queens, an institution for raising a new generation of leaders which will be the hope of Nigeria and Africa.”
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, in her address, “World-Class Student Support Services: Covenant University’s Commitment to Student Welfare” advised the freshmen to take advantage of all the support services provided by the university. She emphasised the need to take seriously Entrepreneurship Development Studies (pioneered by the university) noting that the purpose for the establishment was to help them discover and actualise their God given potential and to empower them to become entrepreneurs after school.
Professor Abioye also encouraged the freshmen to visit the Chaplaincy or the Counseling Centre for help whenever they have a challenge bothering them. She corrected the wrong notion that only people with mental challenges go for counseling and assured the students that confidentiality would be guaranteed. Therefore, they should not keep their challenges to themselves.
In addition, she advised them to take advantage of the Faculty Support Programme (In-Loco-Parentis) where faculty and staff play the role of their parents while on campus. “What concerns you also concerns us. Don’t move away from God. Don’t go to where God cannot help you,” she advised.
The Director of Academic Planning Unit (DAPU), Dr Olawande Daramla, spoke to the fresh students on, academic life at Covenant University. He gave them some useful tips for academic success at the university.
Dr Daramola told the students to take responsibility for their own development by making a good start. This involves, having a plan, being organised from the onset, and following through on their plan as well as making sensible adjustments when needed. He suggested that students should be proactive, not reactive. He added that the outcome of their time at the university will depend more on what they choose to do rather than what others do for them.
The Director of Academic Planning also encouraged them to strive for balance, noting that university life is not about study alone but about all round development; physical, mental and spiritual. “Balance is the key-aim for excellence and maintaining your happiness,” he advised.
The orientation programme will end on Friday, August 14, 2015 as full academic programme begins on Monday, August 17, 2015.