Covenant Urges Fresh Graduate Students to Leverage on Varsity’s Rising Profile
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Covenant, Professor Akan Williams, has charged new students of the University’s School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS) to take advantage of the opportunity of their sojourn in God’s own University by imbibing her values, as a pathway to the fulfillment of their dreams.
Professor Williams gave the charge on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the Orientation Ceremony organised for fresh students of the SPS.
While making a presentation with the topic, ‘Vision, Mission and Mandate of Covenant University’, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor said that the meteoric rise that Covenant has had within 16 years of her existence had confirmed that God was involved in the establishment and operation of the University. “For instance, how do you explain a situation whereby a University established only 2002 is competing favourably on all fronts with Nigerian universities established many decades back? It can only be God at work,” he explained.
He urged the students to tie their visions to that of Covenant, which is: To be a leading world-class Christian Mission University committed to raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of Human endeavours. Also, he urged them to add value to whatever they were doing and ensured that they finish their programmes on record time and in flying colours.
In his exhortation to the graduate students, the Ag. Registrar, Dr. Lanre Amodu, who addressed them on the imperative of adhering to the University’s Core Values, said that the core values were the ideals that made Covenant to be different from other universities. “Covenant University is a unique product and the core values define our character,” he affirmed.
Dr. Amodu listed the core values as Sacrifice, Diligence, Responsibility, Capacity Building, Possibility Mentality, Integrity and Spirituality. He noted that Spirituality is the most important core value of Covenant; it entailed instilling the fear of God into the lives of men and women of the University. “As students, it is expected of you to be godly in all your dealings,” the Registrar noted.
In another presentation titled, ‘Ethical Issues in Postgraduate Studies’, the Director, African Leadership Development Centre, Professor Shalom Chinedu, said it was very important that the graduate students were exposed to ethics as they would be involved in research and publications. While stating that Coursework, Research and Publication were the three things expected of the students `to earn their degrees, the University’s expectation, according to him, was that they finish their programmes within the specified time frame.
Also speaking about the University’s expectations, the Dean, SPS, Professor Humphrey Adebayo, impressed it on the students that they were regarded as bonafide students only when they fulfilled registration procedures. He said that attendance was taken very seriously, the students must be core values-compliant and they must be able to graduate in record time.
Other members of Covenant Management at the orientation exercise were the Dean College of Engineering, Professor David Omole, and Dean, College of Science of Technology, Professor Kolawole Ajanaku. Also there were the Sub-Dean, SPS, Professor Obinna Mwinyi, and a member of the Board of the SPS, Professor Solomon Oranusi.