By Ayo Ajayi
The need for academic and industry partnership, with an emphasis on transforming research into products, came to the fore on Thursday at a lecture organized by Covenant University School of Postgraduate Studies in Ota.
The lecture, titled, “Towards Turning Postgraduate Publications into Products,” was organized as part of the Hooding events of the school to mark the University’s 18th Convocation Ceremony.
The Guest Speaker and Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies at the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Professor Olubukola Kuforiji charged the runners of postgraduate schools to look in the direction of collaborating with industries to ensure a thorough management of ideation to production.
“Postgraduate education specifically is designed to drive innovations through problem-driven research. It could however be challenging if there is no collaboration between universities and industries to navigate the complex process of product development and management,” she explained.
Kuforiji noted that it was pertinent to give orientation to students from the inception of research on problem-driven research with a focus on commercialization, adding that, “Students need exposure to activities that translate research to products for them to adequately merge theory and practice.”
She stated that, while it was noteworthy that problem-driven research should be given priority, it was also pertinent that needs assessment was considered.
Kuforiji advised the students to maintain transparency and integrity to protect their interests and have the commitment to see the research through.
Also speaking at the event, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies at Covenant University, Professor Akan Williams noted that the school produced a total of 204 postgraduate students for the 20222/2023 Academic Session.
Further breakdown of the total showed that the school produced 57 PhDs, 107 MScs, 27 MEng, 2Mas and 11MBAs.