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Prof.Olubukola Kuforiji, Guest Speaker at Covenant University’s 18th Release of Eagles for School of Postgraduate Students Hooding on Thursday in Ota.
By Ige Adekunle
Sango-Ota (Ogun), Sept. 28, 2023 (NAN) A Professor of Industrial Microbiologist, Prof. Olubukola Kuforiji, has called on postgraduate students across the nation’ universities to embrace problem driven-research through innovations for better society.
Kuforiji, the guest speaker, made the call at the Covenant University’s 18th Release of Eagles 2023 for School of Postgraduate Students Hooding Event in Ota on Thursday.
The title of the lecture is: “Towards Turning Postgraduate Publications into Products.”
He said there was the need to translate postgraduate publications into products, having economic value and making positive impacts on the lives of the citizens.
According to her, postgraduate education across tertiary institutions is designed  to drive innovations through problem -driven research.
“Post graduate research that is problem-driven has potential to translate to products.
“In addition, turning postgraduate research to products requires inputs from the industries,” she said.
The don further emphasised the need for postgraduate students to be exposed to activities that would translate research to products by adequately merging theory with practice.
She noted that universities should collaborate with industries to have positive contributions on the society.
She, however, said that the challenges of industries not embarking on long-term research could be surmounted if they collaborate with academia to translate research publications into products.
The guest lecturer suggested that postgraduate curriculum should also be restructured to cater for academia -industry collaborative supervision of research.
In his remarks, Prof. Akan Williams, Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University, congratulated the graduands on their remarkable milestones.
Williams said that the 164 postgraduate students comprised of 96 males and 108 females would be graduating for 2022/2023 academic session.
He said that the institution introduced progression tracker during the session to track students’ progress, identify delays and bring such up with the concerned stakeholders.
He added that they could embark on numerous activities including debate,  symposium, movie night, creativity fair and excursion. (NAN)
Edited by Chinyere BasseyOlawunmi Ashafa
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