NUC Team Gives Kudos to Covenant University Postgraduate School
An accreditation team from the National Universities Commission (NUC) has commended the Management of Covenant University for the overall readiness of the University to commence a Postgraduate programme in Computer Science and Management Information Systems.
Professor S.B. Junaidu of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, who led the two-man team on a resource assessment exercise on Thursday, June 6, 2013 made this known at the end of their two-day working visit.
At the wrap-up session of the visit, Professor Junaidu noted that the interaction was very useful, fruitful and revealing. He said having seen the human and material resources of the department; he was in no doubt as to the state of readiness of the department to successfully mount a Postgraduate programme.
According to him, “Without hesitation, I am impressed with what I saw at the library in terms of your print and electronic collections. I hope I would be able to bring ABU to that level someday. We wouldn’t mind getting your assistance,” he stated.
He observed that the exercise led them to look at the physical facilities and laboratories for the department. He commended the state of the Lecture Rooms, Software Laboratory, and Mathematics laboratory.
On the quality of staff, which is a critical area of the whole exercise, the Head, Iya Abubakar Computer Centre Ahmadu Bello University said, “With what we saw on ground, we think you have a good collection of staff members including senior ones and we believe this is enough to provide leadership in teaching and research”. “And when we look at the staffing list we believe probably in the next one or two years, many of those that are currently Lecturer I would have crossed the border to Senior lecturer,” he noted.
Professor Junaidu, who was accompanied on the exercise by Mr. Audu Mohammed, Academic Standards Officer at the National Universities Commission, said he was pleased with the academic curriculum of the Department and with the clarifications, he got from the Head of Department, he was certain about the readiness of the Department to hit the ground running.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo appreciated the candid and frank opinions of the team in assessing the Department in her quest to obtain accreditation for her Postgraduate programmes.
He noted that having obtained approval from the NUC, the Management is in the process of redefining her base so that when she eventually launches out, the NUC and the Federal Ministry of Education would be eager to send students on scholarship to Covenant University for Postgraduate Education, rather than send them abroad.
Present at the briefing were the Registrar, Dr. Ubong Ntia, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Dr. Taiwo Abioye, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor AAA. Atayero, Dean School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, Acting Director Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Akan Williams, Head, Department of Computer and Information Science, Dr. Nicholas Omoregbe among others.