I’LL ENTHRONE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, PRODUCE QUALITY GRADUATES-VC
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi says her administration would not rest on its oars in its avowed determination to enthrone academic excellence and produce quality graduates that are suitable for the 21st century marketplace.
Prof. Florence Obi stated this during a One-day Retreat/Workshop for Expanded Management Staff with the theme: ‘’ Re-Engineering the University System for Effective Service Delivery’’.
According to her, the need to produce quality graduates and scholars in focal areas has become imperative, due to the competition on the global stage.
She added that one of the cardinal missions of her administration is to create an environment for academic and professional development, which would, impact positively on the quality of graduates churned-out by the University.
To this end, she said her administration would put modalities in place to improve on teaching and learning resources by equipping laboratories with equipments and consumables.
She also restated her resolve to review the University programmes and curriculum along market demands including programmes of graduate school.
This is even as she promised to increase municipal infrastructure and services by increasing electricity period on campus, street lighting and lecture rooms at night, as well as, introduce inverters in key places.
The Vice Chancellor who spoke on the topic, ‘’ The Vision, Mission and New Direction of the University of Calabar in the New Dispensation’’, said her administration was fully committed towards infrastructural development, assuring that; she will focus on the building of academic blocks for staff, provision of lecture rooms, auditoriums, laboratories, workshops, all in a bid to provide a conducive environment for teaching and learning.
Prof. Florence, who further promised to reposition the University in line with global best practices through research, also encouraged academics to focus on research for development rather than using it as criteria for promotion.
While harping on the need for quality research in varsities, she stressed that she would strive hard to improve on the quality of research by organizing workshops on research proposals writing, and the setting up of a central laboratory for competitive research, especially in science.
The University helmsman who said her administration would institute financial accountability across board charged Deans, Directors, Heads of Unit and others in positions of authority to imbibe the spirit of accountability and transparency in the management of University funds.
Hear her, ‘’ I will be accountable to council, staff, unions and stakeholders. My administration will ensure that financial accountability is instituted across board and there is need for all of us to imbibe that same spirit in the management of university funds’’
Earlier, the Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), Prof. Monday Joshua who spoke on the ‘Imperatives of the Workshop’’, said the Vice Chancellor has come with a new vision and direction.
He commended the Vice Chancellor for placing merit and capacity above other primordial considerations in her appointments and urged them to key into the policy thrust of the current administration to achieve set goals.
A former Vice Chancellor of Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH), Prof. Eka Braide who also addressed participants at the retreat via Zoom, on the topic, ‘’ Re-capturing the Mandate of the University in Nation Building and in International Arena, aligned with the submission of the Vice Chancellor on the need for quality research in varsities.
She urged the Vice Chancellor to focus on the quality of research rather than its volume, stressing that research should be for core development and not just for promotion.
In the same vein, Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. James Epoke, a resource person at the retreat, also spoke on the topic, ‘’ Achieving the University Mandate: The Roles of Expanded Management’.
Also, another former Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Bassey Asuquo spoke on the topic, ‘’ The Registry, Bursary and Library in the University System’’.
Another Resource Person, Prof. Akaneren Essien, former Vice of the University of Uyo, also spoke on the topic, ‘’ Imperatives for Effective Service Delivery in the University: Ethics, Values and Professionalism’.
The Retreat also witnessed brainstorming sessions by participants on the way forward for the institution.
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