Covenant University Ready to Build Capacity of New Faculty
The Management of Covenant University will soon consummate an agreement with Open Arms Limited in the area of capacity building of new faculty that have just been brought on board the University system.
This much was the thrust of discussion at a presentation made by the Chief Executive Officer of Open Arms Limited, Professor Adeleke Fakoya, on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 to Management of the University.
Professor Fakoya said they were out to see how they could partner with the University to orientate fresh lecturers who have just been recruited into Covenant University get familiarized and understand the technological, pedagogical and methodological requirements for teaching the next generation of scholars, as it pertains to the teaching system in the University.
According to him, irrespective of the academic qualification of a lecturer, there was the need to help tutors attain certain measures for their qualification to become complete, especially when they are coming from another work environment to a new one where things must be done appropriately.
He noted that there was the urgent need to help the newly employed move from what they have practiced over the years to what ought to be the mode of practice and helping lecturers that are still displaying 20th Century work ethics embrace new science of the teaching profession.
The Professor of English noted that the partnership with Covenant University is the first that his organization would be engaging with a private institution.
Professor Fakoya mentioned that part of what would be addressed in the course of the capacity building exercise would be helping to overhaul academic and style of delivery, course material design and methodological issues.
Other areas to be covered include, responding to the digital age resources and their deployment, assisting new comers into the academia, as well as develop mental capacity to deal with personal skirmish.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo said the Management of the University would buy into any initiative that has the capacity to make the problem of access and quality bedeviling other institutions not to creep into Covenant University system.
Professor Ayo noted that the problem of access might not be within the means of the University to solve, but that of quality will never be compromised as energy and zeal available would be invested to make it a success.
According to him, “The decay in the academic circles of Nigeria, over the years, is what has brought her educational system to where it currently stands today. It is not enough to have a Ph.D to be good in the academia, what about curriculum, content and delivery system. These are all issues that need to be tackled across board. Here at Covenant University, we are already in this direction and would stop at nothing until, only the very best young academic are brought into the system.”
When the programme commences, it is expected to run between three and five days and will be targeted at Graduate Assistants, Assistant Lecturers, Lecturer II and Heads of Departments.
Present at the discussion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Professor Taiwo Abioye, Dean, Student Affairs, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke and the Sub-Dean, Postgraduate School, Dr. Olawande Daramola.