Vice-Chancellor Seeks Greater Commitment to Covenant University’s Vision
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, has reiterated that the University would have to distinguish herself as a very strong research institution in her drive towards becoming one of the top 10 Universities in the world, just as he encouraged faculty and staff to rededicate themselves to publishing and set goals of Covenant.
Professor Atayero said this on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the opening session of the 2018 Executive Advance for Faculty and Staff of Covenant University, where he made a presentation with the topic, ‘Impact Measurement and Reward Towards the Attainment of Vision 10:2022’.
While describing the Executive Advance as a preparation towards fulfilling what was expected of faculty and staff in the 2018/2019 Academic Session, the Vice-Chancellor stated that buoyed by the Vision, Mission, Departure Philosophy, and the Core Values of the University, faculty and staff, led by the Management, had over the years made deliberate and strategic efforts at actualising the short-term vision of the University, Vision 10:2022, which is that of becoming one of the top 10 Universities in the world by the year 2022.
He noted that efforts towards actualising the vision assumed a frenetic pace two years ago, when the current administration introduced the ReCITe Agenda (Research is our responsibility, Citation + Innovation = Income, and Teaching is our goal). Among the ReCITe Approaches for the realisation of Vision 10:2022, he stated, were Regular capacity building events for the management team; Promoting fundamental and curiosity-driven exploration; Re-invigoration of university’s endowment drive; and Identifying key areas on which to concentrate the university’s research and resources.
While illustrating the giant strides made by Covenant in research in the last few years, Professor Atayero said that the University had between 2012 and 2017 published a total of 786 topics, but the last one year had witnessed a remarkable improvement with the topics shooting up to 1,022 (30% increase).
Also, in 2016, Elsevier Scival Data Analytics mined Covenant’s publication Data in Scopus from (2011–2015) and reported Covenant as having: 2 Distinctive Competencies as No. 1 Globally, 2 Distinctive Competencies as No. 2 Globally, while in 2017, Elsevier Scival Data Analytics mined Covenant’s publication Data in Scopus from (2012–2017) and reported Covenant as having: 19 Distinctive Competencies as No. 1 Globally and 17 Distinctive Competencies as No. 2 Globally. The steep rise indicated 800% increase in one year.
In his assessment of the publication volume of Covenant University compared to other Nigerian universities, the Vice-Chancellor stated that Covenant had in the last five years moved from her former 5th position to 2nd position, only behind the University of Ibadan. He expressed hope that Covenant would be leading the pack by the end of 2018.
On Teaching Impact, which features Accreditation data, Employers’ feedback, and Graduation result, Professor Atayero said that the 2017 accreditation exercise recorded 100% success with 19 (90.48%) of the 21 programmes visited returning with full accreditation, with the final report on the two others still being awaited. He continued: “Stutern, an organisation that connects interns with employers with available internship positions, had in its ‘Nigerian Graduate Report’ publication ranked Covenant University Number One in the list of Nigerian Universities (both private and public) with the Most Employable Graduates. And the comparative analysis of Graduating Class results since 2013 shows that Covenant churned out more First-Class graduates in the last two years than at any other period, with 188 in 2017 and 238 in 2018,” he stated.
The Vice-Chancellor, who gave God the glory for all the accomplishments made by Covenant, said that as the set date for the attainment of Vision 10:2022 inched nearer, the University would strive to attain and maintain credible standards of appraisal for all Career tracks of staff with the key objectives of encouraging, acknowledging, and rewarding: Scholarship, Teaching Quality, Professional Competence and technical skills, Service and Leadership, and Alignment with Core Values.
In their reactions to Professor Atayero’s presentation, members of the discussion panel moderated by the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor David Omole, were unequivocal that all faculty and research-inclined staff must focus on their research strength, identify their breakthrough research, publish in high-impact journals, seek international grants and collaboration, sacrifice their time, and be spiritually inclined. Others on the panel were Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Kolawole Ajanaku; Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Philip Alege; Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Innocent Chiluwa; and Chairman, Strategic Plan and Promotion Criteria Committee, Professor Emeka Iweala.