University of The West of England Visits Covenant University
As part of activities to explore likely areas of collaboration, the Management team from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, paid an official visit to Covenant University, Ota recently. The Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, UWE, Professor Paul Olomolaiye, led the team on the visit alongside other senior management staff of the University. Speaking on the visit, Professor Olomolaiye said their coming to Covenant University was to cement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed into earlier in the year and to further give life to it.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor said having seen the landmark accomplishment of Covenant University, UWE wants to be a part of the great story of the University, when it would be told in years to come. He went further to state that the University of the West of England does not want to foist her way of doing things on Covenant University, but to see and harness her area of strength and build upon that which is already running.
The team from UWE noted that the challenges they have been able to overcome in their context could be attributed to knowledge gained from different contexts, which the MoU with Covenant University would seek to achieve.
Professor Olomolaiye said UWE area of focus include processes and modules of teaching, teaching experiences, developing research clusters, joint MBA programmes, staff exchanges, dual certification for Eagles (Covenant University graduates) among others. According to him, “We are here to look at processes that are working elsewhere, check if they would work here, amend them and move on with that quickly. Thus, from day one, we would hit the ground running and not necessarily put old wine in a new wine skin,” he added.
He said they were bringing something that is internationally well known in terms of international accreditation and acceptability to add to Covenant University’s rich repositories, which will ultimately make Covenant University tower above her contemporaries.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, appreciated the immediacy that the University of the West of England, Bristol has attached to the MoU that was signed with Covenant University.
Professor Ayo told the visiting team that Covenant University has a mandate to be among the top ten universities in the world within the next 10 years. He said that has necessitated the need to model the University’s existing structures after those institutions that can engender the speedy realization of the set mandate. He concluded by asking the Deans of Colleges, Heads of Departments and Director International Office and Linkages to engage in frank, open and fruitful discussions with the visiting team on possible areas that the University and the Business School in particular could benefit from.
Present at the meeting were the Registrar, Dr. Ubong Ntia, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Dr. Taiwo Abioye, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor AAA. Atayero, Deans of Colleges, Heads of Departments and other principal officers of the University.
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