3rd Webinar Series
LANDMARK REASSESSES STRATEGIC PLANS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
In furtherance of her reassessment of the University’s strategic plans towards attaining world-class status, the University Centre for Research, Innovations and Discoveries hosted the 3rd Webinar titled, “Sustainable Academic Excellence: Re-assessment of Strategy and Approach” on Wednesday, 16th September 2020. The reassessment, according to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adeniyi Olajanju, was to further reinforce and reposition the University for the fulfilment of one of her trifocal mandate. In his opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor revealed that the University’s strategy and approach towards moving to the limelight of global relevance were built on the template of the Times Higher Education (THE) where points have already been attached to each evaluation parameter. He noted that the webinar would therefore examine how far the University has gone with her set goals since their launch in the 2017/2018 academic session with the aim of rejigging where necessary. “Today, all the academic Deans will be reassessing what was presented to us 2 years ago and our drive towards attaining academic excellence. It is on this note that I want to congratulate the Director of LUCRID, Professor B.O. Adebesin for creating this platform to harvest the contributions of our Deans in furtherance of our quest for academic excellence,” he concluded.
Foregrounding the various presentations of the Deans, the Director, Academic Planning, Professor Oluyomi Adeyemi, while speaking on the webinar title, emphasized the correspondence between the University’s zest and the knowledge of not only her destination but also how to get there. He, therefore, advised that there “must be periodic re-assessment of our approach and strategies so that we are able to monitor per time our advancement into our desired future and promise-land”, noting that self-re-assessment helps to identify performance gaps. He, therefore, highlighted the various strategies and approaches to be reassessed by the Deans. They included “Educational Technology and Quality Assurance: Challenges and Opportunities” by the DCAS, Professor Olasunkanmi Bamiro; “Driving Academic Quality and Exploits beyond the Accreditation Benchmarks” by the DCoE, Professor Christian Osueke; “Curriculum Development, Programme Objectives and Institutional Goal: Alignment and Balance” by the DCPAS, Professor Omorefosa Osemwegie; and “Content Delivery Approach and Assessments” by the DCBS, Dr Festus Asamu.
Their reassessments were based on the following among others: engagement of competent teacher; low student to teacher ratio, student-centred approach to teaching and learning; use of educational technology; a well-stocked library; serene & conducive environment; laboratory practical, Internship and field works; academic advising; periodic review of the curriculum in response to evolving demands of society; and quality assurance mechanisms (internal & external).