Covenant University Signs MoU with Top American Varsities
As part of efforts to achieve the mandate of being one of the world’s top ten leading Universities within the next ten years (One of 10 in 10), Covenant University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with some top-rated universities in the United States of America (USA).
Among the top-rated Universities are Fayetteville State University (FSU), North Carolina; University of Florida (UF), Gainesville and University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison.
The Covenant University team, led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, also included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor AAA. Atayero and a faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. (Mrs) Olubanke Ogunlana.
Under the collaboration with FSU, the two universities agreed to award dual degrees where a student would spend two years in each of the institutions or three years in Covenant University and one year in FSU for a four-year programme. Also for a five-year engineering programme, a student can major in any Engineering programme and have a minor in any Art related programmes. Under this arrangement, the student will spend four years in CU and one year in FSU.
Both Universities among other things also agreed to re-align their academic calendars with a view to enabling faculty and students’ exchange during the summer semester.
It was also resolved that various departments with relevant areas of interest should collaborate in several areas which include: Criminal Justice, Business School, Education, Communication, Journalism, Performing Theatre Arts/Music, Nursing, Arts, Science, Mathematics, Computer Science and Languages.
The Chancellor of FSU, Dr James Anderson, in whose office the MoU was signed, seized the opportunity to commend the success of the 2012 exchange between the two Universities and the comportment of Covenant University’s students which was said to be exemplary.
At the University of Florida, Gainesville, the Covenant University delegate met various Chairs of departments and Deans of Colleges, including the Executive Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy, Professor Williams Millard;
Chair, Department of Environmental and Global Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Professor Gregory Gray and the Director, Community Outreach and Minority Affairs, Professor Folakemi Odedina, who facilitated the collaboration.
The team also paid a visit to the Executive Director, International Centre, in whose office the MoU was signed. The Chair, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Forensics, Professor Richard Segal. The Senior Vice President Health Affairs and President UF & Shands Health System, Professor David Guzick, also received the team and discussed other possible areas of collaborations: these include (but not limited to) Public Health, Pharmacology Regulation, Applied Pharmacy Economics, Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Trial Monitoring, Forensic Pharmacy and Drug Administration Regulation.
The Vice-Chancellor and his team also proceeded to University of Wisconsin, Madison where Professor Ogi Okwumabua – Chief of Microbiology in the Department of Pathological Sciences, who facilitated the collaboration, received them.
The team was given a guided tour of the University of Wisconsin by the University Architect and Director, Capital Planning and Development, Daniel Okoli, a Nigerian who has been in charge of the design and construction works in the University since 2005.
Professor Charles Korede Ayo and his team also met and discussed possible areas of collaboration with some senior faculty and members of the University, including the Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Professor Darrel Bazell, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Soil Science, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Professor Birl Lowery and a number of eminent Nigerian Academic, Scholars and other professionals in the Diaspora.
At The Vice Chancellor’s Reception organised in honour of Prof. C. K. Ayo by the Nigerian Community in Madison, the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) made a brief presentation about the University in the areas of Vision, Mission, Strategic Focus, Academic Programmes and her accomplishments.
The team also met some Covenant University students who are currently on Student Industry Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) at the University of Wisconsin. The Vice-Chancellor encouraged them to be focused and to be good Ambassadors of Covenant University.