Covenant, Lancaster University Collaborate on Research Funding
Covenant University and Lancaster University, the United Kingdom, have resolved to collaborate on research endeavours with big prospects of attracting grants from international agencies as a way of activating the five-year old Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions.
A team from Lancaster University led by the Head, Chemical Engineering Department, Professor Alastair Martin, had during a courtesy visit to the CU Management on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, said that his team was at Covenant University to discuss significant challenges as it regards funding for research, to understand the real problems, and to try and look at the capability of the University’s researchers with a view to putting a team together for a bid for research funding.
Professor Martin, who was accompanied by a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Lancaster, Dr. David Cheneler, pointed out that having access to research grant requires high quality depth in science and because it’s a collaboration, it is a requirement that Lancaster University forms a synergy with institutions in developing countries.
“We can do something together on problems related to energy and water as we are interested in finding solutions appropriate to the Nigerian and African contexts,” said Professor Martin.
The Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Professor Christian Bolu, had earlier in his introductory remarks emphasized the need to make the MoU between Covenant University and Lancaster University active, adding that the two can work together to access lots of grants that are available.
In his comments, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said that Nigeria was replete with challenges to the point that the Board of the University endowed a substantial amount to research projects for the purpose of finding solutions to problems.
It was a welcome situation where Covenant University and Lancaster University revive their MoU and do important things, the Vice-Chancellor added.
Also at the meeting were the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara; Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Omotayo Osibanjo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; including Professor Anthony Inegbenebor and Dr. Henry Boyo, both of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.