Covenant’s Institutional Collaborations Up by 200% -Director, DIOL
The Director, Directorate of International Office and Linkages (DIOL), Covenant University, Dr. Ada Peter, has revealed that the University recorded a 200% increase in her institutional collaborations in the last one year.
Dr. Peter, who made the disclosure on the opening day of Covenant’s 2018 Executive Advance for Faculty and Non-Teaching Staff, stated that the new strategic partnerships/collaborations included the attraction of $276,000 grant and partnership from Africa America Institute- Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship Fund; Covenant University partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the African Development Bank (AfDB) naming Covenant partner and one of the Bank’s Centers of Excellence; and Covenant accepting UNESCO’s hand of partnership.
Also listed were Covenant signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nottingham Trent University, UK; Hanze University of Applied Sciences partnering with Covenant; UNESCO writing a Letter of Intent to Covenant for collaboration on Futures Literacy; and North Western signing MoU with Covenant among others.
Dr. Peter said that the DIOL, had during the year under review hosted strategic meetings and also won some awards, with herself receiving NAFSA’s Global Fellows Award, making Covenant the first Nigerian University to receive the award. Covenant University students, she noted, were accepted for international exchange. These included Rimamchika Israel Yabkwa to India, Nsikakabasi Enobong Umoh to Germany, Paul Balogun to UK, David Ijimba to Canada, Mmenieabasi Effiong Essien to Canada, and Kenechukwu Michael Eneh to the United Arab Emirates.
On efforts at increasing the students and staff ratio for international students, Dr. Peter stated that the DIOL had in the last one year attracted Scholarships for more international Students to join Covenant University. “We are currently working to recruit postgraduate students from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on specific terms and conditions. We are pushing with the Nigerian Minister of interior to increase our quota for recruiting International staff,” she added.
While speaking of expectations for the 2018/2019 Academic Session, the Director said that the University was awaiting the arrival of international exchange students from five countries. They are Luciemireth Uranga from Mexico, Natali Gareca from Bolivia, Leva Micekaite from Denmark, Javad Rustamov from Austria, and Jacqueline Paul from New Zealand.
The next one year, she said, would feature more MoUs, Collaborations and Recruitments, in addition to Exploration of faculty and staff contacts, Publicity from the Time Higher Education, and Common Wealth Education Report.