The present age which is popularly referred to as the Computer Age, has brought so many changes such that any individual who desires to sustain his/her continued relevance must be abreast of the developments in the world of technology especially computer use and application. Being a technology driven university and in line with the above assertion, the Directorate, in partnership with Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja organised an advance computer training program for 100 selected staff across all cadres. The 5-day training which held between 16th – 20th of September 2019 took participants through the rudiments of computer usage to more advanced functions such as power point presentation, Microsoft excel sheet, internet usage etc.
We are glad to report that as a result of the training; a lot of staff have been able to overcome their computer-phobia and can conveniently operate the computer by themselves without necessarily waiting for Computer Operators. This is a giant stride towards the achievement of a computer driven university working environment and has, in turn, reduced the workload on both Secretaries and Computer Operators.
Certificates were awarded to participants at the end of the training and a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor by the ADAPTI team which was led by Mrs Talatu.
ADAPTI Training in Pictures.
Director, DRER Participants at the training
TRAINING OF RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS
In furtherance to the pursuance of the realization of one of the goals of the Directorate, a capacity development workshop/training was organized for the research teams on 1st& 3rd October, 2019. The all-important training was anchored by Prof. Clara Lungi Sosibo, a renowned Professor and grant winner from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Town, South Africa.
While on a visit to Nigeria in September, 2019/ briefly stopped by in Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) and was introduced to the Vice-Chancellor and the Director by a fellow Scholar on sabbatical at the Home Economics and Hotel Management Department of our university, Dr. Awosika.
During discussions it was agreed that the Visiting Prof, could facilitate a training for members of the Research Team of the University in the rudiments of writing grant wining proposals and report management. This keyed into the Directorate’s plan to conduct training workshops for academic staff especially the research teams to fulfill the mandate of the university which included teaching, research and community service.
A 3-day workshop was quickly organized with the following key points:
At the end of the training members were given assignments to test their grasp of the subject and it is important to note that members did well. Corrections and commendations were made where applicable.
It is worthy of note that further to the training, members have started to apply the knowledge gained to submit proposals to different organisations and we are hopeful that grants will soon begin to role in to TASUED.
Participants at the training/workshop
From left to right: Dr Ekine , The deputy vice chancellor Prof Banjo; Prof Sosibo, The Vice Chancellor Prof Arigbabu, Dr Awosika and Prof Oladipo
Prof Sosibo’s visit to TASUESS
As part of her schedule, Prof. Sosibo visited the Tai Solarn University Secondary School, Igbeba where she interacted with staff and students. At TASUESS, she had the opportunity of seeing some of the inventions and exploits of the students, particularly the young scientists club who displayed the drone, neon signs and other things that they have developed on their own under the supervision of their teachers. Prof Sosibo could not hide her amazement at she saw and she promised a donation of a thousand (R1000) South African Rands to the science. She also promised to facilitate collaboration between TASUESS and some institutions in South Africa.
From left to right Dr. Ekine; Dr. Awosika, Prof. Sosibo, Dr. Sogbesan and Mrs. Olaniyan the school principal.
Prof Sosibo expressing her amazement at the students’ presentations.
Further to the creation of the Directorate and with the new lifeline given to resuscitate research activities on Campus, the TETFund Research Proposal Selection Committee was brought back to life and charged to call for, properly scrutinize and develop research criteria in line with best practices for acceptance.
This was done to ensure that we put our best foot forward so that only the Committee-adjudged best proposals would be submitted.
To this end, a call was made for submission of proposals for both the Institution Based Research (IBR) and the National Research Fund (NRF) categories.
In the words of the Director, the NRF is the ultimate goal but we could start with IBR.
While already scrutinized proposals have been forwarded to TETFund for the IBR category, we are happy say that our Director, leading from the front and by example has scaled the final hurdle in contending for the 2019 National Research Fund (NRF).
The Directorate has also been making frantic effort to get staff prepared for the 2020 call for proposal by intensifying training in that regard.
CO-CREATION HUB (CC Hub) PROJECT
Though the directorate was not actively involved in the project from inception, it is worthy of note that towards the completion of the project (when the Directorate was created) we were able to come in and contributed in no small means to the articulation of plans, content and terms of engagement of the project as well as its management.
In the area of collaboration, we are happy to inform that the Directorate has finally signed an MOU with the University of Georgia, USA. The Collaboration agreement will, in the first instance, commence with the College of Specialised Education (COSPED). However based on a favourable review of the agreement in 2020, it would then extend to the University as a whole.
2019 TETFUND NRF GRANT