Covenant University Holds 10th Founder’s Day Lecture
According to the statistics provided by JAMB, Covenant University, in the past 5 years has continued to be listed as the most preferred University choice for candidates enrolling into higher education.
This was the submission of the former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola at the 10th Founder’s Day Lecture titled, “Covenant University at Ten: Looking back, Looking Forward”, which he delivered on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at the University Chapel.
Professor Okebukola commended the University for the giant strides it has been scaling for the last 10 years. He urged that significant efforts should be invested in capacity building of the Covenant University researchers and fostering partnerships with renowned researchers outside Africa.
He also encouraged the University Management to undertake a study of Institutional location of Nobel Prize winners and seek partnership with such institutions and centres where the laureates are serving.
According to him, there is also a need to encourage scholars in Covenant University to target global problems. “Covenant University Staff should be encouraged to think globally while seeking research problems. Research which targets global but nationally relevant problems should be preferentially funded by the University”, he advised.
The Academic don admonished the University authority to step up their encouragement of CU scholars to network with their colleagues outside Nigeria and the Africa region. “Since Staff cannot nominate themselves for a Nobel Prize, they should make their work known to others. They should be encouraged and sponsored to attend Conferences and write articles in newspapers and magazines to promote public understanding of their technical work”, he advised.
He opined that for Covenant University to achieve high scores on the ‘highly-cited researchers’ indicators which features in some form in three global ranking schemes of interest, there is need for research capacity building.
Professor Okebukola encouraged that Covenant University must also be able to continually offer academic and other support services to its local, national, regional and global communities.
“The University should re-invigorate its quality assurance relating to input, process and output in CU. Quality of teachers, quality of students, quality of teaching and learning, quality of research, quality of infrastructure should be monitored in an open and transparent manner”, he advised.
While commending the Distinguished Guest Lecturer for a Lecture well presented, the Chancellor, Dr David Oyedepo described the lecture as ‘instructive’. He noted that the high point of the lecture was in the area of identifying the deficiencies and how to generally improve the University System.”How to do things better is what I love to do best”, he said.
The Chancellor appealed to the University Community on the need to buy fully to the Core Values of Covenant University, because in it lies the vision and mission of the University. He noted that the next 10 years will be far more demanding. “We either hit it to a world class standard or we have lost it”, he said.
He encouraged everyone to continue to drive the vision, by a dint of hard work, focus, relentless commitment and sacrifice. He advised the students to take responsibility to live a royal life by obeying all the rules and regulations put in place to guiding them to their glorious future.
Speaking earlier at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan, noted that the Lecture, addressed the key issues of where the University is coming from, where it is going and by extension what the entire University system in Nigeria should bear in mind that the University, in the words of the Chancellor, “is to create a Revolution in the African Educational landscape”.