Prof. Ayandiji Aina, Provost, College of Postgraduate Studies, Babcock University, has advised graduating postgraduate students of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun, to put into practice what they learned to make a positive impact.
Aina, a guest speaker, advised while delivering a lecture at the Hooding Event for the School of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University, on Thursday in Ota.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lecture had the theme: “Drivers of Impactful Postgraduate Education in the 21st Century.”
Don said the advice had become necessary because the world was driven by technology.
“We live in a world driven by technology, just as electricity is central to any meaningful living, so is technology to world-class education,” he said.
Emphasising the need for researchers to impact society, he said the illiterates of the 21st century would be those who refused to learn, unlearn and relearn.
Aina stressed the need for strong mentoring researchers to mentor students to impact the world in the 21st century.
“The students are to be the primary focus of the entire education effort and are to be accepted and assisted to reach their highest potential and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives,” he said.
The don said strong economic and political environments, which engendered collaboration, research exchange, and building confidence and trust, would make the country join the league of leading global educational institutions.
Aina enjoined the graduands to be drivers’ of impactful education and to be God-fearing and ideas revolutionists, who were ready to champion the cause of true education.
Prof. Akan Williams, Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University, congratulated the graduands and urged them to impact their world positively.
Williams said the vision of the Postgraduate School was aligned with that of Covenant University, which was to raise a new generation of leaders.
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Prof Abiodun Adebayo, represented by Prof. Olujide Adekeye, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, cautioned the graduates against pitfalls and to run away from pride.
“At no time should you demonstrate pride because pride brings people down,” he said, adding that the world was eagerly waiting for them to conquer.
NAN reports that 257 postgraduate students comprising 117 females and 140 males graduated at the 17th convocation ceremony for the 2022 academic session.