CU Hosts Birmingham City University
Officials from Birmingham City University (BCU) on Friday, November 7, 2014, paid a courtesy visit to the Covenant University Management. The team, hosted at the Vice Chancellor’s conference room, Canaan Land, Ota, was made up of Mr. Charles Magee, who is the International Regional Manager of the institution and Mr. William Campbell, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Telecoms and Networks of the institution.
In his welcome remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Korede Ayo, appreciated the thoughtfulness of their visit and expressed interest in creating a more robust platform for collaboration with Birmingham City University.
Professor Ayo, stated, “The beauty of an exchange programme is that it is organic. We are looking at a scenario where during our Summer School, our students would visit collaborating universities for short certificated programmes in areas such as, Architecture, Estate Management and Building Technology. We also intend to add Quantity Survey to our curriculum soon.”
While making his remarks at the meeting, the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, stated, “We are glad that a relationship is budding between CU and Birmingham City and it can get stronger, we are glad to have you here, as part of a series of activities to further strengthen the relationship.”
Making his remarks at the meeting, the International Office representative of BCU, Mr. Charles Magee stated that the idea to start off a Summer School exchange programme with CU was conceived way back in 2010. He said he was able to approach CU Management through the then, Director of the International Office, Dr. Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu and the first student exchange took place in July 2012 and 2013.
According to Mr. Charles Magee, the purpose of the visit was to identify ways that they can collaborate with Covenant University for the mutual benefit of both institutions.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the Covenant University Committee on Internationalization, Dr. Olawande Daramola explained, “Our agenda today is to see how we can advance the relationship between CU and BCU. I would want us to look at specifics on Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) development beyond what was agreed on in a previous MoU, signed between the two institutions in 2012.”
In his remarks, Mr. William Campbell, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, Telecoms and Networks of the Birmingham City University, enthused that the Covenant University Campus was quite impressive to behold and thanked the Management for welcoming them.
Mr. Campbell further said that his Faculty has a lot of opportunities for collaborations in the area of Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Networks, Computer Networks and Security, Computer Games and Technology, Forensic Computing and Cybersecurity, which he said is a new Masters course in BCU.
The meeting progressed to more detailed discussions on the structure, terms and conditions for the drafting of an MoU between the two institutions.
A seminar delivered by one of the team members from BCU, Mr. William Campbell on ‘Green IT’ titled, ‘A Cross-cultural Survey of the Impact of Organizational Culture on the Adoption of Green IT’ commenced immediately after the meeting at the Center for Learning Resources, of the University.
Also present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo; the Head of Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Dr. Ayodele Adebiyi; Dr. Eziyi Ibem, Department of Architecture; Dr. Olusola Ajibola, Department of Estate Management; Dr. Anthony Adoghe, Electrical & Information Engineering (EIE); staff of the International Office & Linkages and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.