Don Canvasses Repositioning of Postgraduate Programme for Global Relevance
A world-class University like Covenant needs to continuously disrupt, positively, her postgraduate studies structure for her to remain globally relevant to the needs of the present time. This was the position of the Keynote Speaker and a professor of Biochemistry, and Provost, Postgraduate School, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Professor Gbenga Adebola Adenuga.
Professor Adenuga, while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Disrupting Nigerian Postgraduate Studies for Global Relevance’, at the Hooding event of the School of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University, as part of the activities of the 2019 Convocation Ceremony, said there was need for regular revision of postgraduate curricular with a view to provide the necessary theoretical and practical prerequisites to enable postgraduate studies to be internationally pertinent. He emphasized the imperative for research topics and activities of the nation’s postgraduate studies, namely M.Sc. Dissertations and Ph. D. Theses, to be tailored to provide answers to the plethora of problems bedeviling the world and at the same time strive to eradicate corruption in the nation’s ivory towers.
The Keynote Speaker was of the view that the nation’s postgraduate tertiary structure should equip laboratories to meet the world standard, with lecturers and research supervisors motivated to match the demands of the present world of knowledge. According to him, “We must encourage our postgraduate scholars and our lecturers to patronize reputable international journals for the dissemination of their research findings to give our researches global visibility”.
Professor Adenuga used the platform to urge governments at all levels, philanthropists, industries and universities to improve on the existing level of funding for universities research and development initiatives. “There must be a concerted effort to improve on the funding of scientific research and postgraduate studies in Nigeria. Many State Governments established state universities to score political points only and pay mere lip service to its funding. Many of them give little or no subvention to their universities which survive on their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Except for very few private universities like Covenant University, the situation in most private universities is very bad. Efforts should be made by the various Visitors to our universities to improve on their funding,” he posited.
In his welcome remark, Covenant University’s Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Abiodun Adebayo, congratulated the graduating set for their immense intellectual investment into the programme, noting that their contributions could not be overlooked as the university continued her pursuit of Vision 10:2022.
“Recall that as a matter of requirements, all postgraduate students are expected to produce 2 to 3 publications in Scopus or Clarivate Analytics indexed journal before graduating, which has contributed in no small measure to taking the University to its present feat in the various Times Higher Education rankings,” he enthused.
Professor Adebayo noted that the university’s School of Postgraduate Studies was steadily realizing her core vision by producing very high quality postgraduate students, engaging in best practices in programme, research and services, while also deploying life applicable, life promoting as well as cutting edge techniques in her services and delivery.
Awards were given to outstanding students in the Masters and Doctoral programmes of the School. The award for the Overall Best M.Sc. Student went to Lawal Comfort Oluwaseyi of Computer Engineering, while that of the Overall Best Ph.D. Student went to Dr. Oye Queen Esther, of the Department of Economics.