Chancellor tasks Researchers on Physical Inventions as Covenant Soars in Webometrics Rankings
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant University, Dr David O. Oyedepo, has urged researchers in the University to take their exploits beyond paper publishing to the invention of products that will address societal challenges.
Dr Oyedepo gave the charge in the wake of the 2021 Webometrics Rankings of Nigerian Universities, where Covenant University emerged 2nd only to the University of Ibadan.
Landmark University, a sister institution to Covenant, emerged 9th in the same rankings. The log shows that Covenant and Landmark were the only private-owned institutions in the top 23 of the 2021 Webometrics Rankings featuring 262 Nigerian institutions.
Also known as Ranking Web of Universities, Webometrics is a ranking system for the world's universities, which is based on a composite indicator that considers both the Web content volume (number of web pages and files) and the visibility impact of these web publications.
While speaking at the Faculty and Staff Fellowship forum, which held on Friday, January 29, 2021, Dr Oyedepo noted that Covenant had been an award-winning institution since inception. He said that the University had since its establishment been rated number one in different academic endeavours, adding that it could be dangerous if one were not grateful. He attributed the feats recorded by Covenant and Landmark to the hand of God. "How can the two leading private Universities come from here? It is the doing of the Lord. There is no altitude without gratitude," he added.
The Chancellor, who acknowledged that faculty and staff had published many papers, said it was time to start turning the documents into products, or a time would come when articles are no longer fashionable like products. He said that, "We must look at life-enhancement products. Let's think forward. Excellence sells anywhere. A tight commitment to improvement brings excellence. You have what it takes to change lives; let's not stop on the papers. Let's turn these ideas into real-life assets".
Dr Oyedepo said he had at the inception of Covenant University promised that the institution would not be satisfied contributing to knowledge. Rather she would go the whole hog to creating knowledge. He emphasized that many challenges were to be solved, which would not be achieved by publishing papers, but by translating these papers into products.
"I know we are very close to that; these ideas that come from each Departments, we are very close to achieving our targets," he stated. "Let's thank God for where we are. If we didn't start at all, we would not be where we are, and we are not going to relent until we move into the realm He wants us to move. We are celebrating Jesus for what He is doing for us."
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