Professor Abioye Seeks Team Work in Pursuit of Vision 10:2022
As Covenant University continues to strive for excellence in all ramifications towards the realisation of the goal of being among the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye, has called for greater unity among members of the management, faculty, staff and students.
She made this call at the 2016/2017 Executive Advance of the institution, where she presented a paper titled, ‘Positioning Covenant University for Greater National Impact in the Pursuit of Vision 10:2022’.
“So many of us,” she observed, “lack the stakeholder mentality. We attribute every decision to management but we are all management. You implement decisions taken by management. There is no need to have a paradigm shift, only to reassess our values.”
Dwelling on the topic of her presentation, Professor Abioye, who described teaching, research and community development as the place of a university in national development, acknowledged the verdict of the external context that CU has performed creditably, she however advocated that the university must be repositioned for greater national impact.
And to achieve this, she said the university must redefine its goals and objectives using the ReCiTe –Research, Citation and Teaching – focus of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, as a catalyst.
“We must reposition for impact as individuals and as an institution,’ said Professor Abioye. “Individuals, departments and clusters should be responsible for publications, conference/workshop papers, journal articles, patents among others.
“We must redesign our focus on an annual basis; the university must specialise in one or more areas. Individuals and research clusters are to cater for specific and futuristic social and national challenges and interests. We should be able to proffer solutions, address challenges even before we get to 2022.”
While encouraging individuals to strive for academic immortality by putting their research publication in open access for global recognition, she implored faculty to situate teaching towards national development and also, the strengthening of industry partnership to engender unique intervention strategies.
Professor Abioye canvassed improvement in incentives and the encouragement of mentoring, including suggestions on ways to produce better results by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies and boosting the Internally Generated Revenue.