Covenant University, UCEM to Parley towards RICS Certification Programme
A 5-man team from the University College of Estate Management (UCEM), United Kingdom, on November 10, 2016, paid a courtesy visit to the Management of Covenant University with a view to foster collaboration between the two institutions in the area of capacity building and international certification of Estate Management in the university.
The team leader, Mr. Akintoye Akinosi, CEO, Cranesway Horeb Consulting Limited, UK, said that the excellent work of Covenant University in Nigerian education sector could not go unnoticed, which informed their visit to the university. Akinosi, a Chartered Surveyor and an external examiner with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), stated that the world’s workplace today is seeking for those that are prepared to practice globally, and it would be his utmost desire to see graduates of Estate Management, of Covenant University become global players.
Akinosi, who was accompanied by UCEM’s International Business Development Manager, Mrs. Lale Day and a Real Estate Tutor, Mr. David Hunt, said his coming to Covenant University was towards giving back to a nation that has given him a lot and to help students get certified for global relevance in the profession.
The Head, Department of Estate Management, Covenant University, Dr. Chukwuemeka Iroham, highlighted the importance and significance of collaborating with an institution that would provide a platform for attaining professional certification for the faculty, staff and students of the department.
A senior faculty in Department of Estate Management, Professor Samuel Oloyede, shed more light on RICS certification. According to him, “Getting RICS certification is as important as getting one’s second degree in the same profession but the difference is that it enables the certified to practice in any part of the world.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, said the University’s Management is committed to fostering relationships that would help in her quest towards the attainment of the Vision of being listed among the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022.
He said, “We are not taking the assignment before us, as a University, lightly, that is why we are constantly looking out and benchmarking with the very best towards the speedy realisation of this Vision.”
Professor Atayero said it was in recognition of Covenant University’s standard and quality that has made it possible for him to be selected, on the platform of Times Higher Education (THE), as part of the team to draft new metrics for the ranking of African universities at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month.
He directed the visiting team to liaise with the leadership of various departments they consider relevant and apt for the certification programme and acquaint the university with what is needed to undertake a collaboration for the takeoff of the initiative.
He stated that staff and students are the greatest assets of the University and as such Management was dedicated to every investment in bringing out the best in them for global relevance.
In attendance at the parley were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo, Director; Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; Dr. Mayowa Ajibola and Dr. Caleb Ayedun.