Officials of University of Leeds Visit CU
Covenant University on Friday, November 7, 2014, welcomed yet another institution from the United Kingdom, University of Leeds, to its auspicious campus in Canaan Land, Ota. The team was formerly hosted at the Vice Chancellor’s conference room after meetings with selected departments in the College of Engineering.
In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, appreciated the Leeds officials as well as the CU officials who have been having meetings with them and taking them on a tour of CU facilities.
The Vice Chancellor stated, “For a university that is striving to be one of the top ten universities in the world, and looking at the ranking parameters, we know there is a place for internationalization, talking about collaborations and linkages, and that is why it is pretty apt having you come at this time. At the appropriate time, we would reciprocate the gesture, knowing fully well that any collaboration or linkage must be leveraged on and maximized. The bottom line is that the idea must take its root right from the departments where we have the researchers.”
Speaking at the meeting, the Admission Tutor and International Officer, University of Leeds, Dr. Terry Cousens, disclosed his university’s desire to foster collaborations with the College of Engineering, Covenant University.
Dr. Cousens said the purpose of his visit was in pursuance of his university’s internationalization and collaboration drive with institutions like Covenant University, in a bid to see a wide range of research activities established across different fields of engineering.
According to him, with over 100 exchange programmes with foreign universities, it was time to seek possible areas of collaboration with a university as focused and motivated as Covenant University.
Dr. Cousens, who came in company of the Country Representative, University of Leeds in Nigeria, Mr. Dapo Oyeyemi, stated that part of what his visit was geared to achieve was to explore the possibilities of developing research linkages, initiate a process that would culminate in the award of dual degrees, creation of a two-plus-one academic calendar (which would allow postgraduate students of both universities to visit both campuses in the course of completing their programme), as well as establish a staff/faculty development initiative for both institutions.
In addition, the collaboration, if consummated, would culminate in the establishment of a joint research venture between Covenant University and University of Leeds, which would be open to interdisciplinary research endeavours.
He noted that University of Leeds would be willing to work in partnership with researchers in Covenant University where, currently, research activities are ongoing in key areas such as biomass, biogas, renewable energy, physical planning and development, civil engineering amongst others.
According to him, “There seems to be considerable areas of interest that we can work together and from the tone of discussion, I can see value being added from both sides of these great institutions. What I have seen is very impressive. I have had time to look around and it seems Covenant University is very ambitious with the facilities in place to enhance research endeavours.
The facilities of the university, your grounds and buildings are impressive. Also, your ambition to be one of the best ten universities within ten years is very ambitious and we congratulate you for it,” he opined.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the Committee on Internationalization, Dr. Justin Adewole Daramola, who also represented the Director of the International Office & Linkages of Covenant University, Dr. Angela N. Eni, said that the meetings CU officials have had with the University of Leeds team since arrival have been very productive and would only require the formalities of an MoU for practical engagement.
Earlier in a meeting of the College of Engineering, the Dean, Professor Cleophas Loto appreciated the visiting team, and stated that the University Management would be interested in any meaningful collaboration that is in line with her vision.
Professor Loto said, “Covenant University Management is committed to partnering with institutions of like minds, who are motivated to further the course of quality education and build a robust international presence for her graduates.”
The Nigerian Representative of the University of Leeds, Mr. Dapo Oyeyemi, during his remarks, related the outcome of the meetings his team had with CU officials to the CU Management. He also elucidated on the specific departments of Engineering in Leeds that would be ready to collaborate with CU.
Also at the meeting were Dr. David Olukanni and Miss Jadesola Ogundeji, both of the Department of Civil Engineering; staff of the International Office and Linkages and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.