Covenant is planning to increase the admission slots for postgraduate students and reduce the undergraduate intakes into the University, says the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero.
Professor Atayero dropped the hint while addressing both returning and newly admitted postgraduate students of the University at their 2018/2019 Academic Session Orientation Programme on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
The Vice-Chancellor spoke on “ReCITe Approach to the Attainment of Vision 10-2022: The Place of Postgraduate Students.” He noted that the University was focusing its attention on research in order to attain its vision to be one of the top 10 world class universities by 2022 because research usually took place at the postgraduate levels.
He emphasised that to attain a world-class status, the University would need to score 30% in research, teaching and citation respectively, while 10% was required in innovation, according to Times Higher Education ranking parameters.
“However, you can’t have impactful teaching without research and there can’t be quality citation and innovation without research. Therefore, by focusing on research, we can achieve 90% of what it takes to be a world-class University,” he explained.
Professor Atayero explained further that the Vision 10: 2022 would be considered fulfilled whenever Covenant attains a top 10 position in any reputable global academic ranking outlet, irrespective of the ranking methodology. “This we shall accomplish through the instrumentality of ‘Glocalisation;’ that is, benchmarking with established and indisputable world-class universities, while introducing innovation to address our local contextual needs,” he added.
On his part, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Humphrey Adebayo, promised that the School would deliver the highest quality postgraduate education and experience. He enjoined them to work hand-in-hand with management, faculty, staff as well as collaborators and promote team building and engagement.
He expressed hope that newly admitted students would proffer groundbreaking and revolutionary solutions to the challenges in Nigeria, Africa and the world in general.