Entrepreneurial Studies to Assume New Status at Covenant University
All is set for the Entrepreneurial Development Studies of Covenant University to assume the status of a full fledge degree programme to be housed in Department of Business Management.
This came on the background of a resource verification visit of a three-man team from the National Universities Commission (NUC) to the University on Monday, September 16, 2013. The course, which was hitherto offered as a University wide course, would award B.Sc degree when approved by NUC.
The team, led by Professor Chuks Ezedum, expressed optimism in the successful take-off of the programme in Covenant University since the University Faculty was part of the team that drafted the National Curriculum and Basic minimum benchmark for Entrepreneurial Development Studies in Nigeria .
At the end of the resource verification exercise which included assessment of existing facilities and staff strength in the department where the programme would domiciled, Professor Ezedum, who came with Professor Peter Eriki and Mr Olufemi Yeye, commended Covenant University’s Management for the quality of its lecture halls, the public address systems, multimedia facilities and other teaching aids in the lecture theatres.
The team gave thumbs up to the University Library, otherwise known as Centre for Learning Resources (CLR). According to them, the library holding is quite rich and has some of the finest resource materials any tertiary institution in Nigeria could ask for.
Furthermore, the resource verification team advised Covenant University Management not to allow the ongoing decentralization of the university’s library system to affect the continuous improvement of the central library. They applauded the e-components that the University is subscribed to, as current and very impressive. This they said would engender students of the Department and the entire University to keep pace with current trends in their field of endeavour.
With regards to academic contents, the NUC team noted the high standards set for the proposed programme as touching the minimum graduation requirements, but requested the need for the benchmark grades for graduation be reduced so as not to over stretch the students.
In addition, they lauded the University’s introduction of entrepreneurship internship programme that would avail the students the privilege to gainfully acquire entrepreneurial skills from appropriate organizations.
Responding to some of the suggestions offered by the team, the Director, Centre for Learning Resources of Covenant University, Dr. Christopher Nkiko stated that the University is currently developing College libraries alongside that of the central Library. He said, other subsets of the Centre for Learning Resources are also getting adequate attention.
The Head, Department of Business Management, Dr. Samson Ibidunni, appreciated the resource verification panel for a remarkable job done. He said the experience has been a revelation for the Department and promised that areas that needed to be improved upon would be addressed immediately in readiness for the accreditation visit.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, thanked the NUC team for making the process very businesslike and for a detailed report on the whole exercise.
Professor Ayo said, in keeping with the vision of the Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, the Entrepreneurial Development Studies (EDS) has always been at the centre of the University’s academic drive at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate studies, since inception.
According to him, Covenant University has over the years trained individuals at home and abroad to drive the EDS programme of the University and as such, there are enough capable hands to propel the delivery of the goals and objectives of the programme in the University.
On the academic content, the Professor of Computer Science said the University’s Management would gladly oblige an adjustment as suggested to enable students pick up other courses that they might need from time to time.
He told Professor Ezedum and his team that Covenant University has over the years cherished and nurtured every process of peer review mechanism that it has contacted. This, he said, was what has enabled the University to continually improve on her overall ratings with regards to rich academic content.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that getting it right with a programme such as Entrepreneurial Development Studies is germane if Nigeria must get out of the woods of unemployment.
Some of the principal officers present at the opening and wrap up sessions were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Dr. Taiwo Abioye, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Aaron Atayero, Dean, College of Development Studies, Professor Oluranti Olurinola and Head, Department of Sociology, Dr. Hezekiah Abimbola.
Others are the Director Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Akan Williams, Director, Quality Assurance and Academic Standard, Dr. Shalom Chinedu, Director, Centre for Entreprenerial Development Studies, Dr. Chinoye Moses, and Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi.
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