Webometrics Ranking, “Nothing but favour from God,” - VC
The Vice Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, has described the University’s achievement at the recently released Webometrics Ranking of World Universities as favour from God. The Vice Chancellor said this at a Media Chat on Friday, February 13, 2015, in his conference room.
He supported his claims with scriptures taken from Job 32:7-8, “I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding,” and Romans 9:15-16, “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”
Covenant University, at the just released Webometrics Ranking of 10th February, 2015, emerged No.1 among all the universities in Nigeria and West Africa, while ranking No.15 in Africa. The University also emerged No.1 in Nigeria and West Africa and No.13 in Africa, in the Repositories Ranking.
The Vice Chancellor explained further, “The Ranking Web or Webometrics is the largest academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions of about 25000 institutions all over the world based on web presence and impact. The factors being considered are Impact, Presence, Openness and Excellence. On the other hand, the Ranking Web of World's Repositories is to support Open Access initiatives and to offer free access to scientific publications in an electronic form and other academic materials. Thus, it motivates both institutions and scholars to have a web presence that accurately reflect their activities. To us, this is a dream come true and a fulfillment of prophecy. We give God praise and glory.”
Professor Ayo also stated that this administration came on board in November 2012, with a mandate to get the University listed among the top ten universities in the world by 2022. That was christened Vision 10:2022 (1 of 10 in 10). When the administration came on board, the University was ranked 10th in Nigeria and about 100 in Africa. Currently, the story is different. It is simply the act of God. The mandate (1 of 10 in 10), was accepted, noting that ‘faithful is He who calleth who also will do it.’ Again, it was learnt from the Chancellor that ‘any faith that relies absolutely on God to deliver a prophecy is an irresponsible faith.’ That meant that the entire University had a role to play.
“We embarked on an 8-point agenda that is targeted towards the fulfillment of the Vision. With the attained feat, we are convinced that we are set to conquer the World. Holding unto the testimony of David when he was to confront Goliath, he said in 1 Samuel 17:36, ‘Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them...’ We have conquered Nigeria and West Africa. Very soon Africa shall be taken and the rest shall be a done deal,” he opined.
Elucidating on the journey so far, the Vice Chancellor noted that the University pioneered many unique programmes, including the introduction of Entrepreneurial Education into the school’s curriculum in order to avoid having the graduates of the institution comb the streets for job on graduation. That, he said, was adopted by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and is running in all Nigerian universities today.
He also stated that the award of "Pass" Degree was abolished because the Management of the University did not expect the institutions’ Kings and Queens to be so lowly ranked. Again, that was adopted by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and was applied across Nigerian universities. The Vice Chancellor went on to say that Dress Code was introduced in the University as well and is being adopted by all tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The Vice Chancellor unveiled other programmes lined up by the University for the rest of the session, among which are the CU/Industry Partnership Luncheon. It involves the hosting of the captains of the various sectors of the economy to a luncheon. At the luncheon, there will be an exhibition of the Research Endowment of the University, with a view to seeking collaborations toward developing home-grown solutions to both local and national problems such as: Food Security; Political and Electoral Issues; Insurgency; Power/Electricity; Economic/Unemployment; Transportation etc.
He also listed the Second International Conference on African Development Issues (ICADI), which he said was first hosted by the University in 2014, with two Nobel Laureates, Prof. Thomas Sargent and Prof. Eric Maskin as Special Guests. He said in the second ICADI, the University would be hosting a Nobel Laureate, Professor Pachauri and several other eminent scholars in the field of Biotechnology, ICT, Materials and Renewable Energy. The conference, he said, is aimed at harnessing potential catalysts for African Development.
Another programme the Vice Chancellor spoke about was the Adoption of Mobile Tablets. He said, “The University has adopted the Mobile platform of learning by acquiring Mobile Tablets for every student of the University. This is aimed at enhancing learning anywhere and anytime on Campus. It is heartwarming to note that an Eagle Company, Soft-com, owned by an alumnus is the one behind this great move.”
He also stated that the University has introduced ‘Certificate/Diploma Programme in Leadership’ to its curriculum and students would be graduating with it in addition to their major degrees. This, he said, was aimed at addressing the leadership gaps in Nigeria and Africa in general.
Present at the event were, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Taiwo Abioye; The Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Deji Okubanjo; the Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Dr. Chris Nkiko; the Director, Life-long Learning, Dr. Nicholas Omoregbe; the Director, International Office & Linkages, Dr. Angela Eni; the Director, Media & Corporate Affairs, Dr. Lanre Amodu
Others at the event were members of the press and other members of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.