Covenant University Signs MoU with Durham University
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed this month between Covenant University, and University of Durham, United Kingdom.
The MoU which was signed on Thursday, 20th February 2014, in Covenant University at the Vice Chancellor’s Conference room, established agreement on cultural, educational and scientific cooperation between the two institutions.
The MoU on Academic Cooperation recognizes the educational benefits to be gained through co-operative programme between Covenant University and University of Durham that promote scholarly activities and international understanding.
In addition, the MoU will promote the exchange of information and materials of mutual interest as well as the exchange of staff, students, and scholars.
While welcoming the team from Durham University, the Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, noted, “This is a partnership commenced some time ago, but we give God the glory that here we are gathered today to append our signature, as a symbol of a collaboration that has been ordained by God to fly.”
In his introductory remarks, the Registrar of Covenant University, Mr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo said, “The signing of this MoU is in furtherance of our vision to yield better graduates and the quest of Covenant University remains to be the top ten Universities in ten years, and we believe that this partnership and coalition with Durham will take us closer to our goal.”
The Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Sheriff Folarin, in his remarks appreciated the team from Durham for their dogged efforts to make the MoU a success. He added that the students are eager and rearing to go for the summer school at Durham, and many of them will also be having their Masters and PhDs there as well, following the official signing of the MoU.
In her remarks, Dr. Ladan Cockshut, a Social Science lecturer with Durham University said, “It was a delight to have the Covenant University students visit us last summer, and I wanted to say that they were indeed very wonderful ambassadors of Nigeria’s leading private University; you should be proud of them.”
While appreciating the team from Durham, Prof. Ayo said, “This is the beginning of better days ahead, and looking at the documents brought by you, we already have our students who visited last time, so when are we expecting your students to come visit?”
Responding to the Vice Chancellor’s remarks, Ms. Lisa Saddler, University of Durham’s International Officer for the African Region said they would love their students to visit Covenant University, especially the History students, very soon.
She further said that they would be interested as well in exchange of staff in terms of Fellowships to Durham, adding that Durham expects to see a lot of activities around the MoU.
Professor Ayo in his response assured the team from Durham of utmost activity concerning the signed MoU and also on the security for their students when they come for the exchange programmme in Covenant University.
The team later visited two Colleges, Schools and Departments of Covenant University and indicated some specific areas of interest for further collaborations.
Present at the ceremony were members of the University’s Management team: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof Taiwo Abioye; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor A.A.A. Atayero; Registrar, Mr. Muyiwa Oludayo.
Others are the Director for the Covenant University Center for Research and Development, Professor Louis Oseyenum Egwari; Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Sheriff Folarin; Members of the Legal Team and the Corporate and Public Affairs Unit of the University.