Nielsen Reassures Covenant on Operations Academy Initiative
Apparently in a bid to make its relationship with Covenant University an enduring one, a market research and information services company, Nielsen, has expressed its avowed commitment to ensuring that products of Covenant have the cutting edge qualification in the ultra-competitive job market.
Representatives of Nielsen gave this assurance on Friday, November 10, 2017, when they paid a courtesy call on the Management of Covenant University, preparatory to flagging off the Operations Academy, which entails the selection of some final year students, with experts from Nielsen taking them through course works and at the end of the programme, certificates are awarded to participants and the best selected.
Leader of the team from Nielsen, Mr. Abhir Gupta, said that Covenant University was among the four institutions selected for the Operation Academy in Nigeria, and his organization seeks to identify geniuses through the programme, with emphasis placed on Integrity, Digital Growth and Innovation.
According to the Operations Executive, Nielsen, Mr. Eric Adodo, the benefits accruing to the students from the programme are exposure to multinational companies, interaction with business leaders and award of certificates, while for the University, the benefits include making Covenant more visible, valuable exposure for its students and opportunity to increase the student employment rate.
The Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. Timothy Anake, and Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Mayowa Agboola, were unanimous in their comments that the Operations Academy aligns with the kind of experience Covenant wants for its students. They hoped that the students would be better for it at the end of the programme.
In his remarks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said the University stands out among the motley crowd of universities in Nigeria, with its vision of raising a new generation of leaders.
While acknowledging that students have to be properly equipped to qualify as leaders, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor assured Nielsen of Covenant’s commitment to the Operations Academy programme, adding that the University will strive to enhance its relationship with the company.
Also on the Nielsen team were the Head, Operation and Technology, Mr. Khalid Mehmood; Associate Director, Human Resource, Ms. Lola Oyebola, including Ms. Sophia Odutola and Mr. Oluwatosin Adegun, both of whom are alumni of Covenant University.