South African Varsity Proposes MoU with Covenant University
Barring any hitches, Covenant University and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, might soon be collaborating on research and teaching related projects.
This much was revealed on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, when Professor Michael Daramola of the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, paid a courtesy call on the Management of Covenant University at its campus in Ota, Ogun State.
Professor Daramola, who was visiting Covenant University for the second time, four months after presenting a lecture titled, ‘Carbon Capture: Storage and Utilisation’, at a university seminar, expressed his “profound gratitude” to management of the University for making it possible for him to return to the institution.
“In South Africa, I told my colleagues that it’s a nice place, we need to collaborate because I see potential in Covenant University. I told my Head of School that Covenant University is a very vibrant university that we should work with,” Professor Daramola said.
He revealed that he had sent a document on what partnering with his university entails and he was at Covenant University to consolidate on a possible Memorandum of Understanding, where both universities can exchange students and staff and for CU to consolidate on her Vision of being one of the top 10 universities in the world.
The Head, Chemical Engineering Department, Dr. Vincent Efeovbokhan, in his comments, said it was a great opportunity to have Professor Daramola back at Covenant University. He described the visiting scholar as an astute researcher with many awards to his credit internationally. “He’s somebody through whom we can collaborate and our department has a lot to benefit from him,” said Dr. Efeovbokhan.
In his remarks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, who stood in for the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, said Covenant University was always glad to see Nigerians home and abroad initiating the kind of partnership being proposed by Professor Daramola. The current management, he stated, gave a clear direction to where the University was heading when it came on board.
Explaining the ReCITe (Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching) agenda of the administration, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor said that there would be no vision of being 1 of 10 in 10 without a strong research base, and the that University would go to any length to achieve the goal already set.
“One area that will help us to fulfill this vision is through collaboration with institutions moving in the same direction with us. We, as a university, are interested in fostering a relationship that will last. We look forward to the establishment of collaboration and make sure it yields something concrete,” said Professor Chinedu.
Also at the meeting were the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Professors, James Omoleye and Ambrose Anozie; other faculty members of the Chemical Engineering Department; and Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Affairs, Mr. Emmanuel Igban.