SciencesPo Lauds Covenant, Explores Collaboration
The Head of Africa and Middle East Division, International Office of SciencesPo, Paris, France, Mr. Fabien Albouy, has commended the Management and Staff of Covenant for the great strides recorded within a short space of time.
He gave the commendation on Friday, March 22, 2019, when he paid a courtesy call to the University’s Management, ahead of an interactive session with students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. He stated that it was while in Doha, Qatar, for the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings, held earlier this year, that he came to understand that Covenant was in the league of elite universities in the world.
With over 400 active MoUs between SciencesPo and notable institutions around the world, Mr. Albouy said he was in Covenant to explore possible areas of collaborations between both institutions. According to him, “We don’t just sign MoUs and shelf them; when we commit ourselves to an undertaking, we put them on our shoulders and run with it.”
Mr. Albouy stated that both institutions should consider the evolvement of an executive education that would entail faculty and student exchange.
The Head, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Professor Sheriff Folarin, appreciated the University Management for creating an academic and research-driven environment that has made Covenant to become a sought-after brand around the world.
He noted that what SciencesPo was doing, being a specialised institution, was already in practice at Covenant, but a collaboration would ensure that the two institutions get to their desired destinations in quick time. According to Professor Folarin, discussions had so far been positive, with greater promises of a fruitful relationship.
The Director, International Office and Linkages of Covenant University, Dr. Ada Peters, said it gladdened her heart that engagements by the international office had started generating positive results and, in some cases, bearing fruits, as witnessed by the number of international scholars that had visited the University in recent time.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, canvassed for opportunity to initiate joint research endeavours between Covenant and SciencesPo, especially in shared areas of interest. Professor Atayero averred that Covenant was noted for dynamism and as such was open to any form of positive collaboration that would be geared at solving problems.
While sharing the rich research base of the University, as captured in the Times Higher Education Data Points for universities ranking and engagement of international faculty of repute to bolster existing resources, the Vice-Chancellor emphasised the need to work with reputable institutions so as to see increased subscription for admission by international students.
“We are keen on getting our people to come and understudy your operations in Paris, to help us understand how things work from your perspectives,” he added.
Also present at the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams, Ag. Registrar, Dr. Lanre Amodu and representative of the Director, Financial Services, Mr. Olumuyiwa Omisakin.