Several Reputable Foreign Scholars Join Covenant as International Visiting Scholars
Covenant, West Africa’s pre-eminent University and one of the top 10 in Africa, has continued to prove to be the preferred destination for many foreign scholars, courtesy of the University’s fast rising profile as a research and learning institution of repute.
The foreign Scholars, whose nationalities cut across different parts of the world, namely Europe, America, Asia and the Far East, have joined Covenant as International Visiting Scholars.
The appointment of International Visiting Scholars at Covenant is renewable each academic session. Each stay is an opportunity for scholars to engage in teaching, scholarly scientific life of the University community, and possible research collaborations with members of the faculty in the receiving Department.
Indeed, Covenant had long established the culture of receiving international scholars, but the surge in number validates the recent elevation in status, particularly the University’s ranking as a world-class institution prompted by a drastic improvement in her research endeavours, cutting edge teaching and world outlook.
Among the International Visiting Scholars is Dr. Loes Damhof, a 21st Century Skills University Lecturer in Communication and Multimedia Design. She is responsible for the curriculum: the skills, knowledge and attitude that you need as a student to sustain you in an uncertain future. After years of teaching in China, Russia and the United States, she shares her experiences with students in the Intercultural Communication classes. Global citizenship and empathy are focal points within this. Loes Damhof is also involved as coach and teacher at Hanze Honors College.
There is also Professor Raffaele Marchetti, Deputy Rector for Internationalization and Associate Professor at LUISS Guido Carli of Rome, where he teaches International Relations in the Department of Political Sciences and in the School of Government. In LUISS, he also holds a Jean Monnet Module on European Union’s Engagement with Civil Society (2012-2015) and coordinates the preparatory course for the diplomatic concours. His research interests are about global politics, global governance, transnational civil society, democracy, and political risk.
Also, Covenant has welcomed Dr Lynn Ilon. She is a Chief Innovation Coordinator of Bayoom Hub – a global social enterprise based in Korea. Dr. Ilon spent over 30 years as a professor in top ranked research universities in Africa, the United States and Korea. Her scholarly work focuses on the global economics of networked learning. Dr. Ilon has consulted for the World Bank, the United Nations, US AID, Dfid, the Asian and Africa Development Banks and numerous other multilateral, bi-lateral, global and local organisations.
Yet another International Visiting Scholar at Covenant is Dr. Uche Esosa Ekhator-Mobayode, a consultant with the World Bank Group under the World Bank Africa Fellowship Program. She is also an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburg at Bradford. She recently earned a PhD in Economics from Northern Illinois University (NIU). During her studies, she was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award in the Department of Economics. She was also a recipient of the 2018 Dissertation Completion Fellowship and recognized as an Outstanding Graduate Student for her research and scholarly activities at NIU. Her research focuses on issues related to health, gender, and conflict in developing economies.
In addition are Professor Solomon Isiorho and Mr. Felix S. K. Agyemang, Professor Nduka Nnamdi Ekere, Ms Jacqueline Carey Gallo and Professor LI Chunyang.
Isiorho is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Geosciences at Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana, US, while Agyemang is currently a PhD student at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK. Agyemang does research in urban and regional planning, urban modelling and housing. His most recent publication is 'Towards sustainable urban development: the social acceptability of high-rise buildings in a Ghanaian city.'
Professor Nduka Nnamdi Ekere of the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, is currently a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering with an established national and international academic presence and reputation. His research interests are in the modelling of manufacturing processes and systems, with specific emphasis on Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly, and the Processing of soft solids.
Jacqueline Gallo is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She spent fifteen months in Karamoja, Uganda completing ethnographic research at a Catholic girls’ secondary school. She earned a second Master’s Degree in Education Research Design and Methodology at the University of Oxford. Jacqueline is a co-ordinator of HDCA’s Graduate Student Network and an editorial review board member of CORERJ, the Cambridge Open-Review Educational Research E-Journal.
Professor LI Chunyang, a Researcher and Supervisor of Phd and post doctorate, the Director, Department of Bioactive Compound and Functional Food, Institute of Agro-Food Science and Technology, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (March 2006-present). He has previously been a visiting scholar to the University of Manitoba and the University of Alberta, both in Canada.