VC Charges Research Clusters on Unity, Excellence
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, has charged Research Clusters in the University to cooperate among themselves and make full disclosures on their research activities so as to achieve the desired objectives of the institution.
Speaking at an interactive session with members of the research clusters on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the Vice-Chancellor seized the opportunity to remind the clusters about the imperative of focusing on research to drive the final phase of Vision 10:2022 of the University, which is to be among the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022.
He said that based on the parameters being explored, research clusters could drive the components if they seriously looked at research. “With research, you can do good teaching. What’s the essence of a teacher without research? With research, you have industry income; you’ll pull international students and faculty. Research can be a centerpiece of our engagement,” Professor Atayero stated.
The Vice-Chancellor, who emphasized that the clusters have to put more energy into the concept of research in the University, said the in-thing worldwide was interdisciplinary research. He enjoined the research clusters to cooperate maximally with the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID) by registering with the body and provide it with all necessary information about their activities so as to project their undertakings to the world.
In his remarks, the Director, CUCRID, Professor Olawole Obembe, stressed the need for CUCRID to have a robust website, which he said would be made possible by the research clusters. Information on mission and objectives, challenges, application of products, development status, publications, funding of projects, among others, are vital to having a competitive website, Professor Obembe added.
CUCRID, he revealed, had been given a mandate to drive the university’s research agenda in four thematic areas, which include Food Security/Public Health, Energy, Terrorism and ICT Innovation. “We request clusters to help bring about all these in the next four years. We need to move fast, be abreast of development in the world because people want to partner with us,” said the CUCRID Director.
Also present at the interactive session were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; some Deans of Colleges; distinguished professors and faculty members.