Covenant University can Provide Solutions to World Economy
Covenant University can be one of the solution providers to the world economy if it refocused its engineering research. This was the general agreement among the faculty and staff of the University at the just concluded 2016/2017 Executive Advance.
The Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, had posed a question, “Can Covenant University become one of the solution providers?” during his presentation titled, “Engineering Research Principles for Attainment of Vision 10: 2022,” to which the faculty and staff chorused, “Yes!” on Friday, August 5, 2016.
Professor Bolu said, “If we do this, (refocused engineering research), it would go a long way in helping to make Covenant University part of the solution of this problem. It is not totally international; in fact, most of the problems are local. Forget about corruption, it is just one of the problems. We can’t continue blaming this devil called corruption and do nothing. The power is in our hands and Covenant University can be one of the solution providers as we pursue the Vision 10: 2022, 1 of10 in 10.”
He benchmarked the University with some Ivy League universities and noted that Covenant University needed to do more to achieve the Vision. He argued that manufacturing industries in Nigeria are not dead as many of them are still producing and they form part of the problems that required solutions.
Professor Bolu’s proposed action plans include; pioneering engineering research relevant for Nigerian industries of the future; research collaboration with universities and companies, both locally and o n a global scale; involvement of social sciences in engineering research and provision of the state-of-the-art near industry size technological infrastructure which should be jointly owned with the industry.