Covenant, French Group Explore Collaboration on Development-Focused Research Initiatives
The French Development Bank has expressed its desire to partner with Covenant University, amongst other Nigerian institutions, on viable research projects that will bring development to the country and Africa at large.
Ms. Kim Vu, representative of le cnam, a public higher education institution and professional vocational training centre in France, made the disclosure on Thursday, January 25, 2018, when she led a French delegation on a courtesy visit to the Management of Covenant.
Also in the team were a representative of the French Embassy in Nigeria, Leila Mathieu, and that of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Olaghere Sylverina.
Addressing the gathering, which also had in attendance representatives of Bells University of Technology, Ms. Vu explained that the mission of the team is to help recommend eligible Universities in Nigeria to the French Development Bank, by creating a mechanism for the funding of the most viable projects in order to support the economic development of Nigeria and Africa at large.
She said that the French Development Bank, which is the primary funding body, would require detailed research data and other strategic information. The bank, she added, has certain criteria for releasing fund to any project.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, said the initiative was remarkable. A principal investigator with a research cluster called, The Internet of Things Enabled Smart and Connected Communities, Professor Atayero, said the idea behind the cluster is to use Covenant University as a model and to turn the institutions into smart communities.
The result, he said, would develop a framework by which every other university community that has the variables that are apparent in Covenant can adopt that same model towards becoming a smart Covenant Community.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Professor Olubukola Kuforiji, expressed her excitement with the prospect of a possible collaboration with the French Government. However, she regretted that Bells did not get the notice for the meeting early enough to be properly prepared for it, hence, she pleaded to forward the key information required for participatory consideration at a later date.
While giving an overview of Covenant University’s research endeavours, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Olawole Obembe, explained that the institution has 29 research clusters comprising of Professors and junior faculties. These research clusters, he said, range from Engineering, to Science, Business Studies and Leadership Development.
He expressed hope that the French Government would see the diverse areas of opportunity for partnership in Covenant University, which could be leveraged for a fruitful collaboration beneficial to both parties.
Professor Olubukola Kuforiji, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bells University, who led the team from the institution to the meeting, said the university would prepare documents on her research endeavours and send them to the French group.
Others at the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo; Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu; Director, Vice Chancellor’s Office, Professor David Omole; and other members of the University Management.