Carnegie Scholar drums Support for University Status

The Carnegie Fellowship Scholar to Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo Professor Bridget Teboh, has expressed optimism that the upgrading of the college to a university would provide more opportunities to collaborate with other scholars and universities across the globe.

She made this assertion during a send-off party held at the Department of Music in her honour by the College Management. According to her, the send-off party was not a goodbye but the beginning of further collaboration that would continue for a long time.

She described her stay in the College for the past three months as one experience full of good memories as she was able to work with the Directorate of Gender and Sustainable Development Education, Directorate of Linkages and Sponsored Research, mentored some students in School of Vocational and Technical Education, held seminars and presented papers at College organized conferences.

She expressed profound gratitude to the College Management, led by Professor Olukoya Ogen, the Carnegie host collaborator, the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; the Dean, Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. David Falade; and other members of staff for making her stay in the College memorable.

Professor Teboh who was short of words to express her gratitude for the loads of gifts she received added that she came to Adeyemi as a visitor but would leave as a family member.

In his opening remarks, the Provost of the College who was represented by the Deputy Provost, said the coming of the Carnegie Scholar to the College had placed the College on the face of the world academic, adding that Carnegie Programme being sought after by many universities in the world would enhance the College image as it sought for an upgrade to a university. He thanked Professor Teboh for choosing the College, an action which he described as open door for other scholars to come into the College.

In her speech, the Director, Gender and Sustainable Development Education (GSDE), Dr. (Mrs.) Martina Onuegbu described Professor Teboh as “a woman of inestimable value, a diligent and astute scholar who is always happy and smiling even in tense situations”.

Dr. Onuegbu said the great historian on her arrival in the College swung into action by facing a major assignment of assessing the curriculum of the eight courses created by the Directorate of Gender and Sustainable Development Education. She said her contribution led to the successful development of the eight multidisciplinary courses that would be floated by the Directorate soon. The courses proposed are Gender and Sustainable Development Education, Sustainable Development Education Studies, Women and Gender Education, Gender, Marriage and Family Relations Education, Human Rights and Human Security Education, Peace and Conflict Resolution Education, Urban Development Education and Rural and Community Development.

She added that the courses were targeted at contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nation for year 2030, wishing that the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) would approve the running of the courses as planned for certificate and diploma programmes and developed to degree level when the College is finally upgraded to a university.

While thanking her for the laudable contributions, Onuegbu urged her to ensure further collaboration efforts in studies, research and other programmes between the University of Massachusetts and the College that would help the Directorate to continue to meet the international standard already set for the Directorate.

In his remarks, the Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences Dr. David Falade commended Professor Teboh for her contribution to the school. He said the school benefited greatly from her as she attended conference, trained the staff on proposal writing and interacted very well with both staff and students.

The Head of Department of History, Dr. Abiodun Ajayi also commended her contribution to the Department of History and Directorate of Gender Studies and Sustainable Development Education.

Meanwhile, the host Director, Directorate of Linkages and Sponsored Research, Dr. (Mrs.) Bridget Awosika testified to all the activities of Professor Teboh particularly with students who were always in her residence for mentoring. Dr. Awosika who anchored the send-off programme assured all in attendance that the collaboration between the College and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA would continue.

Professor Teboh arrived the College on May 18, 2017 and had mentored students and staff of the School of Arts and Social Science. She had also worked closely with the Provost, Professor Ogen- the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP) host collaborator to strengthen the existing History curriculum and further develop the Directorate of Gender Studies and Sustainable Development Education.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme was launched in 2014 and targeted at turning African’s brain drain to brain gain, building capacity at the host institution and developing long term mutually beneficial collaboration between universities in Africa, the United States and Canada.

The Fellowship is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya which houses the Advisory Council.

In attendance at the send-off party were the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olukemi Fakorede, the Dean, School of Vocational and Technical Education, Dr. Akin Akinbani; the College Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul; the Acting College Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi; the Director, Medical Services, Dr. Ekundayo Ogunmosin; Director, Development and Alumni Relations, Mr. Yemi Olugbamigbe; Dean, School of Education, Dr. (Mrs.) Anthonia Loto; Deputy Registrars and Heads of Departments.