Covenant University Organises Orientation Programme for New Faculty, Staff
New Faculty and Senior Non-Teaching Staff of Covenant University have been advised to make the University their home, embrace spirituality and the work ethics in order to maximize their stay at the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, gave the advice while presenting a paper titled, “Vision 10:2022: A Review,” at the orientation programme organised for them by the University on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The theme was “Innovation, Nation Building and Product Development.”
“The spirituality context is the foundation, without which you cannot have a successful tenure in CU. Spirituality is non-negotiable, it is sacrosanct. The work ethics is very important as well. I, therefore, encourage you to make Covenant University your home, be productive and make sure you sow in the right direction,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor also noted that the University, in the last four years has been running with the Vision, in line with the 8-point agenda drawn from Times Higher Education (THE) and Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking parameters. He emphasised the need for the new faculty and staff to embrace the Covenant University’s unique culture of discipline, responsibility and commitment, in order to achieve the Vision.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, in her presentation titled, “The Work Ethics and Support Services in Covenant University,” encouraged the participants to do everything with the fear of the Lord. “We must do everything with the fear of the Lord. Capacity alone is not enough but the fear of the Lord is what makes capacity to deliver,” she noted.
Professor Abioye also advised them to always have positive attitude towards their work and be skillful; noting that, lack of skill would kill any dream. She also advised them to be team players and be committed to their duty.
In his paper titled, “Administrative Processes and Procedures of Covenant University,” the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, charged the new faculty and staff to adhere to the Core Values of the University, which he said, are the guiding principles that defines what the University does. “As a staff, you are expected to embrace the Core Values and be responsible,” he noted.
Other presentations for the one-day event include: “Teaching Quality and Academic Standards: Our Expectations” by the Director, Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Olawande Daramola; “Research Clusters and Deliverables” by the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Samuel Wara; and Ranking of Universities: Webometric Parameters” by Chairman, Webometric Committee, Professor Nicholas Omoregbe.
The new faculty and staff were also taken through hands-on training sessions at the University Library and on e-learning/module platform, smart board and other teaching facilities.
A total of 39 new faculty and senior non-teaching staff took part in the orientation programme.