Professor Atayero Seeks Greater Commitment to Vision 10:2022 at Faculty Advance
Covenant University has no doubt achieved remarkable feats in her drive towards becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, however, all stakeholders in the project must redouble their efforts for the vision to come to fruition.
This was the crux of the presentation made on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, by the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant, Professor AAA. Atayero, to the university’s faculty members on the opening day of the Faculty Executive Advance for the 2019/2020 Academic Session.
Professor Atayero, while making his presentation titled, ‘Research Intensive Approach for the Attainment of Vision 10:2022’ said the University had at inception of his administration in 2016 realised that the quality and quantity of research activities must improve considerably for the institution to get into the world rankings. And to achieve this, his administration mapped out strategies and plans, which ultimately got Covenant into the Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings of Universities.
Covenant, he stated, had gone ahead to record other milestones such as getting into the Subject Rankings, Emerging Economies Rankings, Impact Rankings, Young Universities Rankings, and also ranked in eight (8) different categories of the Sustainable Development Goals. Also highlighted were many awards and accolades, both nationally and internationally.
According to him, the impact of a strong focus on research was so profound that Covenant, which had just 452 publications in 2016 at the beginning of his administration, recorded 602 in 2017 and a whopping 1185 (96.84% rise from the preceding year) in 2018.
The Vice-Chancellor gave glory to God for the meteoric rise in Covenant’s research profile, just as he commended researchers for their efforts. He, however, enjoined faculty and researchers alike not to rest on their oars for the University to get to her desired destination, which is the fulfillment of Vision 10:2022.
On what to do for the University to move forward, Professor Atayero said that Covenant must transit from a predominantly teaching institution to research; target considerable funds from research; has to get to the place where almost every professor in Covenant is grant winning; extremely selective in students enrolment; redefinition of postgraduate programmes; and bringing in lots of international students from the postgraduate level amongst other initiatives.
A panel discussion that followed the Vice-Chancellor’s presentation saw the panelists analyzing the presentation and proffering suggestions on how the University could attain her objectives in quick time. A panelist, Professor Emeka Iweala, said that to improve research, there had to be a shared vision for everybody to key into; clear policies, strategies, and performance indicators; Management to move from traditional to collaborative management; improvement of research capacities through trainings, and admission of world-class researchers into Covenant among a host of other suggestions.
While another panelist, Dr. Sheila Bishop, urged the University to create an enabling environment for maximum research productivity for staff and students to engage in critical thinking, Dr. Ojo Fayomi sought the adoption of research findings and the promotion of high impact research including incentives that motivate high impact research.
The Faculty Executive Advance with the theme, ‘In Pursuit of Vision 10:2022’ holds from Tuesday, September 10 to Friday, September 13, 2019.