Covenant Committed to Academic, Professional Best Practices - VC
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant, Professor AAA. Atayero, has reiterated the University’s commitment and adherence to academic and professional curricula best practices in the quest of achieving her short-term vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022.
He made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the 2019 1st Quarter Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) Zonal Supervision Meeting, held on Thursday, March 28, 2019.
Professor Atayero, represented at the event by the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Emeka Iweala, stated that Covenant was committed to equipping her graduates with integrated, life-applicable and life-transforming skills, and the SIWES programme availed the University a veritable platform to achieve this objective, since it was designed to offer opportunity to students of higher learning institutions to apply theoretical knowledge to real work situation, thereby bridging the gap between theory and practice.
He noted the important role of the SIWES programme in promoting, accelerating and encouraging acquisition of skills required in industry and commerce to meet the developmental needs of Nigeria and as such, Covenant was poised to continue to partner with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to sustain the SIWES programme.
Professor Atayero appreciated the Deputy Director/Area Manager, ITF Zonal Office, Mrs. Funmi Coker and other officials of the Abeokuta Area Office of ITF for the tremendous cooperation that Covenant had received over the years. “As a stakeholder in the SIWES programme, Covenant will continue to make her contributions towards the growth, stability, and improvement of SIWES activities in Ogun State and by extension Nigeria,” he concluded.
In response, the Deputy Director/Area Manager, ITF Zonal Office, Mrs. Funmi Coker, commended the Management of Covenant and the University’s SIWES Office for making the 2019 1st Quarter Zonal Meeting a most memorable one. She noted that there was always something new in place at Covenant University anytime SIWES/ITF meetings came to her shores, which consistently served as a motivation to come to Covenant again and again.
At the plenary of the zonal meeting, the forum addressed the challenges facing affiliated SIWES directorates of member institutions. Issues addressed included administration, accounting systems and placement of SIWES students in relevant industries.
Members were counselled to run SIWES in their various institutions in line with the governing rule and system of governance instituted by the governing bodies of the respective universities, so as not to create friction and unnecessary tension, as what applied to one institution could differ from what applied to another.
Over 29 universities, polytechnics, colleges of educations and technical institutes sent representatives to the 2019 1st Quarter Zonal Meeting.