Covenant University Holds Annual Overseas Higher Education Fair, 2014.
The Annual Overseas Higher Education Fair of the Covenant University held on the 26th of March, 2014, at the Lecture Theatre of the institution. The Fair which attracted more than 100 participating universities across the world began at 2pm and ended at 5pm.
Representing the Director for International Office & Linkages, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, the Coordinator of International Student Services, Dr. OlujideAdekeye in his opening remarks, stated that the fair was put together to enable students become exposed to international post-graduate opportunities and scholarships even before graduation.
Noting that the fair which usually holds every February, had to be pushed forward this year due to unusually crowded academic activities; Dr. Adekeye stated that the fair started in 2012, this being its 3rd Edition.
He further opined that all the participating schools are Covenant University Partners.
Making a remark during the fair, the Country Officer of the University of Birmingham, Mr. John Chukwunonso, said that their role has been pivotal in helping create leads for universities in Nigeria, increasing their recruitment base as well as the number of recruitments and bringing foreign universities closer to Nigerian students.
He further stated that the University of Birmingham currently has about 250 Nigerian students enrolled in her programmes.
Mr. Chukwunonso also explained that their office not only recruits students, but also helps them with visa counselling as well asgeneral travel assistance to make sure they get to the UK in good time and condition for their studies.
Ebun O. Jirinde, the Regional Officer West Africa of Lancaster University, while making her remarks at the event, stated that the regional office of the Lancaster University provides Nigerian students with a platform to study at undergraduate, post graduate, and doctorate degree levels respectively.
She further said that the University of Lancaster currently has about 10 Covenant University students studying in Lancaster, 6 of whom are on management programmes studying International Technology Management and Organisational Change.
Mrs. Ejirinde said that the University assists students with visa counselling, programme counselling and career counselling.
While making her presentation during the occasion, Mrs. Eve Enakimio, the MD\ CEO ofAnappleis Nig. Ltd and a lecturer in Business Administration atYaba College of Technology part time school, explained that her love for the youths got her into partnership with the University of Lincoln.
In her words, “It also enhanced the brokering of an MOU between the University of Lincoln of UK and Covenant University of Nigeria. The Hard copy will be brought by Dr. Ola Ogunyemi of Lincoln's Journalism Department on 25th of April. He will also be speaking to the 400 level MassCommunication Students of CU, about scholarship and grants.”
Mrs. Enakimio went on to say that counselling young people is her company’s forte as they offer Mentoring and a thorough patriotic package, to enable youths traveling out for studies know who they are as Nigerians and to eschew any defeatist attitude in their countries of educational studies.
She further stated that the University of Lincoln offers scholarships and grants to students and to buttress that, Dr. Ola Ogunyemi of the Lincoln Department of Journalism will be visiting Covenant University on the 25th to talk and offer Scholarship to lucky CU Journalism students.
Mrs. Enakimio also emphasized that Annapolis Nig. Ltd, her company, has a Unique Selling Point that is borne out of a patriotic verve, which makes them carry their in Loco Parentis role to international levels.
She opined that they follow the progress of their students from the time they enroll into the University of Lincoln, through to graduation, and not only that, they have a wall of excellence for 1st Class students, and that motivates their students to strive for excellence.
Commenting on his participation at the fair, Dennis Okeke, a final year Information & Communication Engineering student of Covenant University said, “I want to study abroad so as to broaden my horizon at an international level.”
He further stated that Covenant University has impacted him in very crucial areas of Leadership and Spirituality.
Another final year student of Information & Communication Engineering, Tanimowo Adebayo, who participated in the fair said, “I want to go abroad for my Masters only because CU does not offer the course I chose for my Masters programme. CU has helped me to develop personal discipline from its core values. I would love to come back to CU again for any other programme in future.”
Some of the Universities represented at the event were: University of Portsmouth, Anglia Ruskin University; London South Bank University; University of Northampton; University of Buckingham; University of Middlesex; University of Surrey-Roehampton; University of Winchester; University of Coventry; University of Durham; University of Swansea; University of Hertfordshire; University of Derby; Birmingham City University; University of Essex; Southampton Solent University; Canadian University College; Sheridan Institute of Technology; University of Windsor; Thompson River University; Husson University; Saginaw Valley University; University of Maine; Long Island University; University of Vermont; Middlesex University Dubai; Herriot-Watt University Dubai; University of East London; Herriot-Watt University Malaysia; Linton University; Coventry University etc.