Covenant, Canadian Varsity Explore Areas of Collaboration
Covenant University and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, are on the verge of reaching an agreement to collaborate, following the latest deliberations between the two institutions.
Representatives of Memorial University, who were scholars from the institution’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, had on Thursday, August 16, 2018, paid a courtesy visit to Covenant, where they met with their counterparts in the College of Engineering, led by Dean of the College, Professor David Omole.
While stating the purpose of their visit, the Team Leader, Dr. Neil Bose, said the visit was to explore the possibility of Memorial and Covenant working together in Research and Development. Dr. Bose added that both varsities and their individual members of faculty could collaborate in different areas of research. “This meeting is to identify those individuals with the requisite expertise and who have interest in going into joint research with our faculty,” he added.
Dr. Bose, who is the Vice-President (Research), Memorial University, revealed that the performance of Covenant’s graduate students at Memorial had motivated his team to come. He sought continued discussion between the two institutions.
In his remarks, the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor David Omole, told the visiting scholars that they were at the best university in Nigeria. He said that Covenant was willing to consider Memorial University’s proposal on research. While describing Engineering as the University’s strongest area of research, Professor Omole said the College of Engineering could boast of the best researchers, who were highly rated in their subject areas. “One of the things Covenant is aiming for is to drive high-level research. We have created some platforms that will allow researchers from different parts of the world to come to Covenant University to spend some time for research and publication,” he explained.
The visiting scholars later had breakout sessions at relevant Departments in the College of Engineering, where they met with researchers.
Other members of the Memorial University team were Department Head, Vale Research Chair, Professor Faisal Khan; Advisor, Environmental Systems Engineering and Management Programme, Professor Bing Chen; Drilling and Geomechanics Expert, Professor Stephen Butt; Grant Facilitator Officer, Dr. Adedoyin Odukoya; and Manager, International Projects and Consultancies, Ms. Glen Penney.
Representatives of Covenant University at the meeting were Head, Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Professor Anthony Adoghe; Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Professor David Orodu; Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Augustine Ayeni; Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Anthony Ede; and Professor Olayinka Ohunakin, representing the Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Also present was the Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Peter.