The Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada,(IUO), in Nigeria, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, has urged the governing council and management of the institution to work effectively towards making the university globally competitive.
Igbinedion who disclosed this during the 2020 Retreat for Governing Councils and Management of IUO in Okada said the theme of the Retreat “Charting the Way for Global Competitiveness” aims at confronting challenges of universities of the 21st century.
“The timing of the organization of the retreat during the covid-19 lockdown is quite significant”.
“For instance, the new calls for less emphasis on face to face learning and more interactive modes of delivery with lecturers essentially serving as facilitators”.
“In this way, students would be educated with tools to confront and solve societal problems of the present and the future”.
“I expect to see,among others,the fostering of a sense of community among stakeholders,a refocused workforce with improved productivity,greater bonding and team building,new perspectives and shared values”,he said.
The Vice Chancellor of IUO,Prof Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, who also spoke said that the retreat would be an eye opener to the strategic plan for 2021-2025 strategizing for achieving target goals cum roles and responsibilities of key administrative heads on information.
“There is no gain saying the fact that organization often fail if they do not periodically or continuously renew themselves”,he said.
He said the retreat is an attempt at institutional renewal to address the internal and external triggers of change.
Ezemonye said the retreat had been designed as a deliberate strategy to up the university’s performance in all ramifications with a view to ensuring its long term survival.