Covenant University to Lead Cancer Care Education in Africa through ICT
Covenant University has been considered a key partner in the application of ICT to cancer care, research and education in Africa.
This was the outcome of the recently concluded 2015 Global Summit on Cancer at Dana Ferber Centre, Harvard Medical School, Boston, where the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, was a guest Speaker.
The cancer Summit was organized by the Global Health Catalyst Initiative in order to deliberate on and seek solution to the growing global burden of cancer in Africa. It also aimed at fostering collaboration among researchers and stakeholders in cancer research worldwide.
This year’s summit was particularly focused on how to develop an ICT collaborative framework that would help bridge the gap and address the disparities in treatment and management of cancer cases between the developed countries and the low and middle-income countries.
Professor Charles Ayo, in his paper, highlighted the huge potentials of Covenant University to be a major partner in the realization of the use of ICT for cancer care, research and education.
He also gave elaborate details of the past and on-going endeavours of the software Engineering and ICT Research Clusters in the University in using mobile technology for medical adherence and e-health, which could easily be adapted to the area of cancer care in Africa.
Professor Ayo also espoused the enormous endowment of the University in the area of ICT infrastructure, which makes it capable to support the proposed e-learning and e-education scheme of the global health catalyst initiative. As a result of these, Covenant University was considered a major candidate for ICT collaboration on cancer with Africa.
The Summit also afforded the Vice-Chancellor and his team the opportunity to visit a group of ten Covenant University students, who were under-going a four months internship at the Department of Industrial Engineering of Wayne State University (WSU), Detroit.
Their supervisors commended their conduct and general attitude to work and noted that the students have been great ambassadors of Covenant University. The officials of WSU also expressed eagerness to host more Covenant University students, based on their experience with the current batch of students. The Vice-Chancellor encouraged the students to keep up the good work and remain good ambassadors of the University.
Professor Ayo and his team also visited Bobson College, Wellesley, which is highly rated for entrepreneurship in the world. Covenant University also pioneered entrepreneurship education in Nigeria. Both institutions were able to identify potential areas of collaboration in terms of short term staff and students exchange and joint programmes that can enhance entrepreneurial education in Africa.