Covenant, Johannesburg Varsity to Explore Collaboration
Covenant University and the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, have agreed to work together towards forging collaboration between the two institutions.
This much was revealed on Monday, November 20, 2017, at a meeting between a visiting team from UJ and the Management of Covenant University.
Professor Clinton Aigbavboa, leader of the UJ team, said that having been saddled with the responsibility of reaching out to African institutions for partnership, his team’s first consideration was West Africa, and the first institution that came to mind was Covenant University.
The team leader stated that UJ is a young University as Covenant, with UJ being the result of a 2005 merger between the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) and the Soweto and East Rand campuses of Vista University. “We felt Covenant was very progressive. Looking at the vision and mission, and the quality of academics in the system, we decided to begin our journey from Covenant,” he said.
Professor Aigbavboa, Vice Dean, Postgraduate Studies Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, said that UJ set out to collaborate with Covenant because her vision aligns very well with that of UJ. He added that going into the future, African institutions must find solutions to challenges in the continent.
The Registrar, Covenant University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, said Covenant has a vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world in a few years’ time, and the metrics showed that the University was not very far from achieving that goal. He said Covenant and UJ will leverage on each other’s areas of comparative strength and hoped that future endeavours would be mutually beneficial.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said it was a divine arrangement that two African institutions, Covenant and UJ, were coming together to look into problems in Africa and provide solutions, with a view to creating and disseminating knowledge. He noted that one of the things the two universities would be working on is a joint Diploma Certificate.
While urging Covenant representatives and the UJ team to be ingenuous in their approach when having further talks on collaboration, Professor Atayero assured that Covenant Management will give the proposed partnership the maximum push.
Also on the team from UJ were the Vice Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Professor Esther Akinlabi; Head, Department of Metallurgy, Dr Elizabeth Makhatha; and a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Dr. Stephen Akinlabi.
Other representatives of Covenant were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara; Dean College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu; Director International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Peter; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and a host of Heads of Departments.