From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
The Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu Rev.Fr.Professor Christian Anieke has attributed the success of the university in overcoming the challenges of corona virus pandemic to the foresight of the management of the university.
Rev.Prof Anieke dropped the hints in his speech delivered during a retraining programme for academic staff of the university.
He disclosed that the directive for all lecturers to upload their courses, compulsory training on ICT, as well as the adoption of E-learning ensured uninterrupted implementation of the university’s academic activities during the pandemic.
In a press statement made available to THE AUTHORITY by Mr Godwin Umeh, the acting public relations officer (PRO) of the university, the Vice Chancellor stated,
“It is very important that we are aware of the challenges of the passing academic year so that we can foresee the possible challenges of the coming academic year and in the light of our knowledge of what we believe are the challenges of the new year, we have come together to have this workshop to prepare ourselves for the new year, as those who fail to plan, plan to fail.”
“I am convinced that any university that fails to enter reimaging will disappear in this century; the pandemic will continue to influence the century, so we simply have to learn to live with this and learning to live with it means reimagining the university.”
Appreciating the impact of the E-learning introduced by the institution, Miss Stephanie Ukaegbu, who emerged the best graduating student of the last academic session of the university said while other institutions were locked due to COVID-19, and their students idling away, students of Godfrey Okoye University continued their studies through E- learning. He commended the Vice chancellor Rev.Fr Anieke and the entire management staff for their foresight.
Lectures to mark the re training exercise were delivered by the Director of Academic Planning of the University, Sister Professor MarySylvia Nwachukwu, who harped on the need for creativity by staff and student.
Mr. Christopher Uwakwe in a lecture on Students Entrepreneurship Programme, urged the lecturers to train students that can solve problems of the society.
Delivering a lecture on the use of ICT in teaching, the Acting Director of ICT in the institution, Mr. Chinedu Chibuzor announced plans to retrain all teaching and non-teaching staff of faculties, directorates and units of the university before the beginning of the 2020/2021 session on the 5th of October 2020.