University Don Proposes Collaborative Research, Others in Recessed Economy
A university don, Professor Lucian Chukwu, has proposed strategic communication of research findings, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, as well as investment in intellectual capital, as a way forward for postgraduate research in a recessed economy.
Professor Chukwu also advocated increase bilateral and multilateral research collaborations as well as encouragement of new alliances and networks to support collaborative research.
He made these known on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in his lecture titled, “Engaging Quality Postgraduate Research in a Recessed Economy: Challenges and Prospects,” at the 12th Convocation Hooding Event of the School of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University, Ota.
Professor Chukwu, who is the current Director, Quality Assurance and SERVICOM Unit, Office of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, emphasised that for any research to be important, it must be locally relevant and internationally recognised. “Research is not only for academic purposes but also to bring patent and income to the university,” he added.
The Guest Lecturer also emphasised the need for quality assurance mechanism to be in place, in order to boost research activities in Nigerian universities and other research institutions.
He decried the current situation of postgraduate research in Nigeria which was characterised by low research skills and poor supervision, paucity of funds for all types of research, limited connection of universities with the industry and other sphere of economic development, as well as lack of appreciation of research and use of evidence for decision making among others.
Professor Chukwu therefore called for improved supervision, access to innovative funding schemes and scholarships, academic reforms and flexibility to strengthen international connectedness and reinforcement of ICT capacity to facilitate these strategies.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, noted that Covenant University was transiting from teaching to research university which was why he was glad to see that the University recorded almost 100% graduate over the previous records.
He stated that research was important for the University to achieve her vision of being one of the ten leading world-class universities by the year 2022, as it takes 33% of the Times Higher Education ranking parameters adding that, “There could be no research without postgraduate programme.”
The Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara, had earlier noted that the reason for the Hooding Event was to recognise those who distinguished themselves. He added that the 2017 Convocation Ceremony was peculiar and special because of the number of those that would be awarded degrees.
“What makes this year special is the fact that we have a total of 301 graduates, 36 of which are PhDs, 255 Masters and the rest are PGD graduates. Another reason is that 33. 3% of all those that would be conferred or awarded one degree or the other are Eagles (Covenant University graduates) categorized as 12 PhDs, 82 Masters and four PGDs,” he explained.
The highlight of the event witnessed by other members of the University management, members of the Board of School of Postgraduate Studies and other well-wishers was the presentation of awards to the overall Best PhD graduate, Dr. Adewole Adeyinka from College of Engineering (CGPA 5.0) and others from each of the colleges in the University.