VP Academics Affairs & Provost, Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah, has announced that the School of Graduate Studies is undergoing restructuring.
At a luncheon organized for the Interim Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Dr. Charles Nche, which took place AUN Hotel on February 26, Professor Kah said that last semester the Deans Council decided to move all the Masters and PhD programs to their respective schools.
“We needed to pause and look at the School of Graduate Studies with the eyes and commitment to sustainability, operational efficiency, strengthening the structure of all graduate degree programs, their delivery, engagement of students and faculty for optimal learning success, ensuring focus, depth, and quality and clarity about degree requirements and expectations.”
Prof. Kah at a retreat last semester had hinted of an impending review of all graduate programs for relevance, context, quality, and adherence to best practice and standards. “We also took a pause to ask ourselves whether we are providing the requisite infrastructure for our graduate school and our graduate students. And query ourselves whether we are providing adequate resources to ensure learning success of those enrolled in our current masters and PhD programs, and if we are to strengthen the provision of these resources and if we are not, to reasonably provide them.”
At the February 26 luncheon, that there is need for a concerted effort, collaboration and commitment to ensure the success of the restructuring.
“It is our collective interest to ensure we have a reputable, respectable, quality Masters and PhD programs comparable to the best out there and is in adherence to best practices and standards.
In this highlighted context to reposition the Graduate School, the interim Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Charles Nche, has been reassigned from administrative responsibilities to return to the faculty with his responsibilities in teaching, research, and service at the School of IT & Computing.
“We thought it’s best that Dean Charles who has a PhD in Engineering is needed now at the School of IT & Computing, which requires strengthening. When needed, we will tap from his expertise as we continue efforts to refocus our energies to complete the planning and the readiness for us to offer undergraduate engineering degree programs.”
The Provost, who is the founding Dean of the School of IT & Computing, said SITC also requires strengthening because of the restructuring, and will find the experience of Dr. Nche indispensable.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa