Covenant, IAESTE Agree to Explore Collaboration on Students Exchange
Covenant University and the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) have resolved to explore collaboration towards enhancing the technical and professional development of the University’s students.
This much was disclosed at a recent visit of a team from IAESTE to the Management of Covenant University. The IAESTE team comprised of the association’s President, Professor Bernard Baeyens, the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Professor Akaehomen Ibhadode and the Programme Manager/National Secretary IAESTE, Mr. Ahanor Otabor.
Situating the purpose of the visit, Professor Ibhadode, said that it was designed to be a medium for rubbing minds with the Covenant management as regards the furtherance of the fledgling relationship between the two parties.
The IAESTE President, Professor Bernard Baeyens, in his comments, explained that the mission of the IAESTE is to operate a high quality practical training exchange programme between member countries in order to enhance technical and professional development.
He said that the core objective of the IAESTE is the exchange of students for technical experience on a bilateral or multilateral basis and the further development of these services. He expressed hope of a deeper and more committed partnership with the University. “I think it is very important for the students to see the world,” Professor Baeyens enthused.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Professor Akaehomen Ibhadode, for being the introductory link between Covenant University and IAESTE
He made it clear that the University is keen on engaging in this type of partnership because the institution is focused on realising her vision of being one of the best in the world. He added that as someone who was trained outside Nigeria, he knows how important the exchange platform is to the robustness of a student.
“We have many benefits, which include reducing the culture shock whenever they need to go abroad for more studies. Also, we need to work on a formal collaboration so that both institutions can leverage on each other’s competencies and get more done. Synergy is needed,” said Professor Atayero.
The Head, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Covenant University, Professor David Orodu, expressed excitement at the mutual benefits the relationship offers the two institutions, stating that he is happy to see students from outside the country apply to be at Covenant.
Others at the meeting were the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Kolawole Ajanaku; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Professor David Omole; and Director, International Office and Linkages, Dr. Ada Peter.