Nigerian Society of Engineers Visits CU for Partnership
Covenant University played host to the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), on February 24, 2016. The group which was hosted in the Vice-Chancellor’s conference room was made up of an eleven man team, led by a seasoned executive member of the association, Engr. Akin Akintola.
While making his introductory remarks at the occasion, Engr. Akintola, appreciated the Management of the University for a warm and friendly welcome. He said their visit was predicated on the need to partner with the university in order to help in achieving the vision of the University to raise a new generation of leaders. He stated that the Engineering profession has been instrumental to most of the developmental projects of the university and requires more input to go to the next level. To this end, he said, NSE would like an opportunity to be a part of the process.
Engr. Akintola commended the great strides the University has taken so far in leading the educational landscape of the nation, stating that the achievements so far are laudable and requires more collaborative efforts to sustain, hence, the visit.
He further stated that Covenant University is the first university that NSE has chosen to build a pilot partnership with, to drive professional development. “Most of the collaboration we want,’ he stated, “is student based and it is geared towards encouraging dedication and commitment to excellence in the Engineering profession. We also want to especially encourage entrepreneurship and business development. The students would also be trained and certified to make it easy for them to be absorbed in any organisation on graduation.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles, who appreciated NSE for visiting the University, stated that the visit has shown how much commitment and dedication they give to what they do. “This is taking the bull by the horn. I was able to identify the three major issues your organisation desires to impart as professionalism, entrepreneurship and employability.” He commended their willingness to tackle the inability of Nigerian students to compete favourably with other international students at the labour market.
Professor Ayo related the goals of the NSE to the University’s goal for the year which includes innovation, product development and nation building. “To achieve these alone, especially, looking at the age of the university, we would be limited in a number of ways, so we need collaborations like yours to fly. Your presence here is an icing on the cake, and so, on behalf of the Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, and members of Management, you have our support, hundred percent,” he stated.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Registrar of the institution, Pastor Olamide Olusegun expressed his excitement at the prospect of partnership with the prestigious NSE which he described as a credible professional body. He was optimistic that the potential results of a partnership would be beneficial to the goals and visions of both parties.
The group were later hosted at the College of Engineering, where the Dean of the College, Professor Ndueso John, and the heads of departments engaged them in more detailed discussions of the terms, benefits and possible challenges of the partnership for the two institutions.
Present at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; members of the College of Engineering and members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.