French Institutes Seek Collaboration with Covenant
Two French Institutions, Ecole Central Nantes (ECN) and ESSEC Business School (EBS), have indicated their willingness to collaborate with Covenant University in different endeavours.
Representatives of the institutions gave this indication on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at a meeting with the Management of Covenant University, facilitated by the French Embassy.
Professor Frederic Meslin, the Director, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, ECN, said the institution was interested in some strong collaborations with Covenant in research and student exchange, while Mr. Arnaud Jonquet, the International Recruitment Manager (Africa), ESSEC, said he his visit to Covenant offered an opportunity for a symbiotic relationship in terms of partnership between ESSEC and Covenant.
Providing a background to the visit of the representatives of ECN and ESSEC, Mrs. Saranne Comel, the Director, Campus France, French Embassy, said the embassy was giving opportunity to universities in France to speak with top universities in Nigeria. She stated that the French universities have a special focus on academics and had done a lot of research.
Mrs. Comel said French universities are looking for partnerships, and had extended invitations to Covenant to visit their campuses in France.
In her comments, the Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Peter, affirmed that representatives of the ECN and ESSEC were working with Covenant on student exchange programme and research collaboration. ESSEC, she said, proposed that graduates of Master’s programmes of Covenant have the opportunity of coming to ESSEC and work with top notch companies in France.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, said the French institutions were starting their search for partnership from a very good place, with Covenant as their first point of call.
Professor Atayero noted that Covenant had always strived to start a business school, and partnering with ESSEC could be an opportunity to kick-start it. Also, while stating that Engineering is currently one of the strongest points of Covenant, he hoped the University and ECN could have a veritable collaboration.
Also at the meeting were the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; and a staff of the International Office and Linkages, Mrs. Olatokunbo Omidiora.