Vice-Chancellor Charges PG Freshmen on Successful Stay at Covenant University
“The uniqueness of the Covenant University Culture is predicated on the Strength of our Core Values. A proper understanding of our Core Values would ensure your successful stay at Covenant University.”
These were the charging words of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, to the newly admitted Postgraduate Students for 2016/2017 Academic Session during their orientation programme on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
While welcoming the students, the Vice-Chancellor, explained the vision and the uniqueness of the University, noting that the University is dedicated to be a leading world-class university committed to raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of human endeavour.
Professor Atayero spoke on the Vision, Mission and Mandate of the University cum overview of Vision 10:2022. He stated that the quest to attain a world-class status in quality education delivery in all facets of the University’s operations informed the institution of Vision 10:2022.
The Vice-Chancellor explained that the Vision is to get the University listed among the top 10 universities in the world within the next five years, adding that the goal for the current Academic Session - ReCITe (Research, Citation, Innovation and Teaching), is also geared towards attaining the Vision . He explained further that in order to accomplish the vision, an eight-point agenda was formulated. These include disciplined atmosphere for learning, research volume and income reputation, citations, that is, to encourage quality research publications, improve teaching facilities, international outlook among others.
He concluded that high level of spirituality is expected of them, noting that it is the anchor point of the seven core values of the University. “Thus anything short of absolute dependence on God is unacceptable.”
In his presentation, the Dean School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara, noted that the School would provide both short and long-term training facilities aimed at improving and upgrading the existing and potential high level manpower needed for planning, implementing and reviewing national development plans as well as improved national productivity and performance in the private sector.
Professor Wara spoke on the “Philosophy and Objectives of Postgraduate Education” at the University. He noted that the Mission of the School is to produce high quality postgraduates by focusing on four cardinal points which include scholarship, innovation, collaboration and professionalism.
He enjoined the students to ensure that they work hand-in-hand with faculty, staff, collaborators and management, in order to proffer groundbreaking and revolutionary solutions to the challenges in Nigeria, Africa and the World.
Other speakers at the orientation programme include the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu. He spoke on the Core Values of the University; Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Dr Christopher Nkiko, who spoke on Learning Resources at Covenant University and Director, Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Olawole Obembe on Research and Publications at Covenant University.
Professor Patrick Edewor, who represented the Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo spoke on Ethical Issues in Postgraduate Training in Covenant University; Dean of Students, Mr. Azubuike Ezenwoke talked about Covenant University Dress Code and Residency Rules, while the Deans of the Colleges, Professor Francis Iyoha (CBSS), Professor Chris Bolu (CoE) and Professor Nicholas Omoregbe (CST) welcome the students to their various colleges.
Other highlight of the event was the commissioning of the Sports Facilities at the Postgraduate School’s Halls of Residence. The Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun, performed the commissioning, calling on the students to make good use of the facilities.
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