Quanser Seeks to Site Centre of Excellence in Covenant University
Quanser, a world leader in experiments and courseware for engineering education and research for control systems, robotics and mechatronics, has proposed to the Management of Covenant University (CU) its desire to set up a Centre of Excellence in the institution.
Speaking during a courtesy visit on the Management of CU, the Regional Manager, South Asia, Middle East and Africa of Quanser, Yona Baskharoun, who expressed excitement at what she referred to as “great things happening at Covenant University”, said her organisation wants to have a Centre of Excellence at CU with innovative curriculum, which will attract students and enhance the ranking of the university.
Baskharoun, who was at the head of a delegation featuring a coterie of Technical Partners, listed Ranking, Recruitment and Retainment as the three goals of any university, and declared that Quanser is willing to collaborate with the university to achieve these objectives, with the setting up of a Centre of Excellence as the high point of the relationship.
“Quanser is a very innovative company that does things with robots and control. If you want to be the best, you learn to stay ahead of the curve. We are also an academic company; we have a lot of professors in our company; we understand the value of engineering. It allows us to be at the forefront because we know where education is heading,” said Baskharoun.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said the university welcomes the idea of a Centre of Excellence, being the only university in Africa that wants to be among the top 10 in the world in the next five years. He demanded to know how Quanser can help with ranking and recruitment of international students, to which Baskharoun replied that her company’s system and solutions will help.
Professor Atayero implored the Quanser Regional Manager to liaise more with the University’s College of Engineering on the way forward. He underlined the imperative of moving at a fast pace.
Earlier, the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, had given an insight into existing discussions between Covenant University and Quanser, saying that it had been impressed on the company that the university’s vision is two-prong: Mechatronics and Control and Internet of Things (IoT), adding that CU is positioning its students between the Gown and the Industry.
Other members of the CU Management present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; the Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; the Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Oluseyi Ajayi; the Head, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Dr. Victor Matthews; and other key officers.