Vice-Chancellor Reassures Faculty, Staff of Equity, Fairness in Career Progression
Covenant University will 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, service and leadership, and alignment with core values, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, has reassured.
This heartening remark was made on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Orientation and Induction of new faculty and staff of Covenant, whom he urged to endeavour to key into the vision of the University by contributing their quota to its realisation.
Professor Atayero, who gave presentations on ‘The Vision, the Mission and the Mandate of Covenant’ and ‘ReCITe: Approach for Realisation of Vision 10:2022’, said that the vision of Covenant was to be a leading world-class Christian Mission University committed to raising a new generation of leaders in all fields of Human endeavour, with its short term vision being to become one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, aptly dubbed ‘Vision 10:2022’.
Vision 10:2022, according to him, was considered fulfilled whenever Covenant attained a Top 10 position in any reputable global academic ranking outlet, irrespective of the ranking methodology.
While shedding light on ReCITe, which translates to Research is our responsibility, Citation + Innovation = Income is the reward and Teaching is our goal, the Vice-Chancellor said that approaches to achieving a world-class status included transition from a predominantly teaching university to a research university, gradual realisation of an overall student-staff ratio of 10:1 across all programmes, strict adherence to established grading policy, pegging of undergraduate intake and strict adherence to all established Senate decisions on promotion (or otherwise).
Other approaches highlighted by him were: Extremely selective academic recruitment and progression policy, scientific identification and development of Covenant’s core areas of natural competencies to create a niche for the University, revisiting the Appointment and Promotion criteria with a view to enhancing the reward of research excellence, creation of special section for purely research Professors, and enhancing collaborations with world-class universities among others.
ReCITe, said Professor Atayero had started yielding the desired dividends, which included the astronomic rise in the number of Covenant’s publications between 2016 at the inception of his administration and now (2019); 100% success in the last accreditation of programmes exercise; the rating of Covenant as the institution with the most employable graduates in 2016 and 2018; and consistent rise in the number of First-Class graduates. Also mentioned was the elevation of the University to a world-class status courtesy of her ranking in the 601-800 bracket of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and her 151st ranking among universities in the world’s Emerging Economies.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams, had while enlightening the new faculty and staff on the enhancement of quality of service delivery, implored them to be customer-focused, polite, approachable and available for customers’ (students, parents and guardians) satisfaction. Also, he enjoined them to embrace Covenant’s core values, clearly understand their briefs as service providers, understand the Covenant operating environment and understand the perceptions of the University’s stakeholders.
On the University’s expectations of her faculty and staff, Professor Williams said that they must accomplish their job functions, adapt to the core values, be committed to the departmental goals and activities, have respect for others’ views, embrace the team work approach, maintain confidentiality and have effective time management.
In his remarks, the Ag. Registrar, Dr. Lanre Amodu, apprised faculty and staff that the University’s decisions were guided by policies. He stated that the policies promoted consistency and operational efficiency, enhanced the University’s mission, guided decision making and set parameters or choices. The policies bordered on postdoctoral study, contract appointment and resignation notice among others.
The Chaplain of Covenant, Pastor Kayode Martins, in his presentation tagged, ‘Spirituality: Arrowhead Attribute for Excellent Living’, said that the University was a Faith-based University founded on sound Biblical principles, with the arrowhead of her core values being “Spirituality” and driven by the Chaplaincy.
He posited that the motto of Covenant, ‘Raising a new Generation of Leaders’ was only truly possible by staying connected with the author of true Leadership, the Almighty God. “Being a privileged faculty/staff in Covenant University, therefore will enable you make that connection and stay connected,” he added.
Pastor Martins explained that Spirituality referred to instilling the fear of God into the life of men and women (faculty, staff and students) in the University particularly her core product, the students.
Other members of the Covenant Management, who made presentations at the event, were the Director, Centre for Learning Resource, represented by Mrs Julie Ilogho; Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Humphrey Adebayo; the Deans of the Colleges of Engineering, Business and Social Sciences, Science and Technology, and Leadership Development Studies.
Presentations were also made by the Director, African Leadership Development Centre, Professor Shalom Chinedu and the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery, represented by Dr. Mayowa Agboola.