Official Inauguration of the Covenant University International Students’ Association (CUISA)
The International students of Covenant University have selected an 18-man inaugural board to head its recently instituted, Covenant University International Students Association (CUISA).
According to the newly inaugurated President of the association, Mr. Byaruhanga Joel Mark, a 300 level Chemical Engineering student from Uganda, the need to bridge the communication gap between the management and the international students of the Institution brought about the inauguration of the association.
Commenting on the new association, Mr. Mark said that the international students association can be likened to their own agenda towards the realization of Covenant University’s vision of 1 of 10 in 10; which will be kick-started by developing strategic ideas that will draw more international students to Covenant University.
He went further to state that the association is made up of an 18 member executive team, and over 50 members.
When asked what attracted him to Covenant University, Mark enthused, “I was drawn to Covenant University because of its vision of ‘raising a new generation of leaders’ as leadership has been my core aspiration and interest from the beginning.”
He said coming to Covenant was his very first trip to West Africa, and that the experience has been very exciting.
While making his own comments, the Vice President of the association, Mr. Akintayo Orunja, a 200 level student of Business administration from the United States of America, said the association will help to drive the impact already made by Covenant University Internationally.
He went further to explain that he had only visited Nigeria once as a child, before coming to study in Covenant University, but that he heard about the Institution from a family Friend in the United States.
Mr. Orunja attributed his main attraction to Covenant University to her core values of ‘spirituality,’ and secondly, his personal ambition to be an international business man. He further explained that having been brought up in a Christian home; he needed an environment that will sustain his values.
When prodded on his experience so far, Orunja said, “Coming to Covenant University for the first time totally ‘wowed’ me! I was so impressed with the architectural structure and landscaping of the school, it made me feel like I was still back in the US.”
Still speaking on his experience so far, Orunja exclaimed, “I have been so excited at the opportunity of meeting so many students from different cultures, especially the ones from the different tribes in Nigeria. I have even improved a lot on my Yoruba dialect.”
Rounding off with a statement on behalf of the Covenant University International Students Association, the president of the association, Mr. Mark said the association is poised to impact the institution on different levels, especially in the area of sports development.
He opined that sports are a major attraction for young people looking to be admitted into school, and could easily influence their choices.
Members of the Covenant University International Students Association Board are as follows: Mr. Byaruhanga Joel Mark, 300 level Chemical Engineering student from Uganda, President; Mr. Akintayo Orunja, 200 level Business Administration student from the United States of America, Vice-President; Miss Akinloye Tumininu, 200 level International Relations student from Benin Republic, Vice-President; Mr. Gilliland Emmanuel, 200 level Chemical Engineering Student from Scotland, Chaplain; Miss Uzoamaka Nwafor, 200 level Biochemistry student from the United States of America, Chaplain; Mr. Kiburu Kimani Paul, 300 level Building Technology student from Kenya, Special Advisor; Miss Akano Ayomide, 300 level Psychology student from the United Kingdom, Special Advisor; Mr. Kelechi Nnaemeka Ajoku, 100 level Mechanical Engineering student from the United Kingdom, Secretary;
Others are: Miss Adeife Love Adejumo, 100 level Human Resource Management student from Kenya, Secretary; Mr. Mwale Samson Sanga, 100 level Architecture student from Tanzania, Financial Secretary; Miss Francess Munu, 100 level Accounting student from Sierra Leone, Financial Secretary; Mr. Emmanuel Williams, 300 level Mechanical Engineering student from the United Kingdom, Public Relations Officer; Miss Stephanie Odili, 100 level Mass Communication student from the United Kingdom, Public Relations Officer; Mr. Franklin Luando, 100 level Economics student from Zambia, Event Planner; Miss Fagbemi Oluwagbemisola, 200 level International Relations from the United States of America, Event Planner; Miss Seunla Oke, 100 level Microbiology student from India, Event Planner; Mr. Geoffrey Mulenga, 100 level Business Administration student from Zambia, People’s Choice; Miss Adellet Sarkis, 100 level Computer Science student from Lebanon, People’s Choice.